Northampton Town were beaten 1-0 by Accrington Stanley at the PTS Academy Stadium, making it 3 home games in a row without a win.

The Cobblers conceded the game’s only goal in the early stages, as Jonathan Russell charged through to score inside the opening 90 seconds.

Keith Curle’s side struggled to create changes, with just one shot on target as their attempts to bounce back from last weekend’s FA Cup defeat by non-league Oxford City were unable to produce a victory in response to that loss.

Northampton made several changes to try and response from the Cup defeat but made a terrible start as they fell behind almost immediately, when Russell received Dion Charles’ pass, ran all the way to the box and beat Jonathan Mitchell.

Sam Hoskins hit the post with Northampton’s best opportunity to grab a quickfire equaliser after a free-kick, but the home side struggled for fluency thereafter.

Accrington Stanley would create chances, with Russell curing a strike inches wide before Charles saw a drive hit the outside of the post and another saved by Mitchell.

Fraser Horsfall saw an attempted saved by Toby Savin just before half-time, although Charles would come close with his own attempt that went wide at a corner.

Accrington created the better chances after half-time, with Joe Pritchard denied by Mitchell, Cameron Burgess striking the bar, and Charles missing late on.

But in the end, the early goal would prove to be enough, as Northampton failed to create much after half-time as they sunk to defeat.