Northampton Town lost 2-0 at home to Burton Albion in a battle of League One’s bottom two sides.
In an afternoon that saw ex-Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink make a return to Northampton, it was the Dutchman who came out on top against Jon Brady, who took charge of the Cobblers as caretaker boss after Keith Curle was sacked in midweek.
An error lead to Michael Bostwick scoring an indirect free-kick in the final stages, before a stoppage time goal by Ryan Edwards sealed victory for the visitors.
Northampton remain 23rd after falling there in midweek, and are now just two points above the Brewers. The Cobblers have now failed to score in their last five games, and are yet to win in 2021.
The game went ahead despite the cold conditions and two pitch inspections, and it was nearly a dream start for the home side when Lloyd Jones turned in Mark Marshall’s free-kick. However, an offside flag would deny the home side a quickfire opener.
Northampton pressed hard early on, with Ryan Watson seeing a drive rebound off the bar before Sam Hoskins saw a volley fly just over.
Burton began to apply themselves more as the game continued, with Josh Parker’s free-kick hitting the post.
In the second half, Danny Rose had a strike saved before his rebound went wide, while Burton’s first chance on target would see Jonny Smith denied by Jonathan Mitchell.
But with 13 minutes remaining, an error by Northampton goalkeeper Mitchell would set up the opener. The home keeper picked up a backpass, and from the indirect free-kick inside the penalty area, Bostwick fired home.
The home side threw on attacking options, but were caught out again right at the end, as Edwards broke free to score and seal the win.