Northampton Town picked up their first away win since mid-November with a 2-1 win at Bradford City.

The win is Northampton’s first over a side in the top 6, with John-Joe O’Toole and Chris Long striking the key goals. It also means the Cobblers have a first away win since beating Oxford on November 11th.

A tight first half saw Northampton keep Bradford to low chances, although the home side did have a goal disallowed for offside. The visitors then sprung a surprise on the hosts with the game’s opening goal, when O’Toole put them in front 2 minutes before the break.

The midfielder was left on his own at a Northampton corner, and he duly headed Matt Grimes’ ball into the back of the net.

Bradford then tried to apply pressure but struggled to make a breakthrough, and just after the hour, the Cobblers duly bagged a second. O’Toole was again involved, as his through-pass released Long, who struck home.

While Northampton missed a chance to wrap it up, Bradford continued to press, with one messy scramble seeing several attempts blocked by both Richard O’Donnell and Regan Poole, before Dominic Poleon hit the bar.

O’Donnell was beaten by a Paul Taylor effort from range in added time, but the Bantams couldn’t make a breakthrough, and it was three points for the visitors.

The result isn’t enough to take Northampton out of the bottom 3, but they do climb a place to 21st and sit just one point behind Oldham and MK Dons, the latter of which face Northampton next weekend.

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