Northampton Town picked up a much needed win as they defeated Oxford United 1-0 at home.

Sam Hoskins scored the only goal of the game, which came ten minutes after half-time. The result is that Northampton picked up the points after 3 games without a win, and lifts them out of the relegation zone.

With nine games to go and relegation rivals Bristol Rovers losing at home to Swindon, it means Northampton end the night with a two point advantage on the division’s dropzone.

Jon Brady’s side had looked to improve after struggling to defeat to Crewe at the weekend. But it was Oxford who would come close to striking first, after Rob Atkinson’s strike was just kept out by a combination of Ryan Watson and Jonathan Mitchell.

As the first half continued, Northampton had a fine chance appear after Mark Marshall saw a drive hit the post before Watson hit the rebound wide.

Northampton then could’ve fallen behind after Dan Agyei had a shot saved by Mitchell moments before Josh Ruffels fire wide.

In the early phase of the second half, it would be Northampton who struck first. Hoskins would meet Danny Rose’s flick-on at a long throw and then turned the ball past Jack Stevens.

Things could’ve been even better for the home side shortly after, as Watson narrowly failed to meet Fraser Horsfall’s knockdown at a free-kick.

Oxford would apply pressure after that, but the visitors failed to find a late breakthrough and the game would ultimately end in a home victory.