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(Exeter) makes a substitution, with Jimmy Keohane coming on for Matt Oakley.
Jake Robinson has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
Ben Harding takes a shot. Save made by Artur Krysiak.
Corner taken by Luke Guttridge from the left by-line.
Shot by Adebayo Akinfenwa from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Jamie Cureton goes off and John O'Flynn comes on.
Jake Gosling grabs a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Exeter 3-0 Northampton.
Clarke Carlisle takes a shot. Clearance by Craig Woodman.
Luke Guttridge gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jake Gosling. Matt Oakley restarts play with the free kick. Jake Gosling fouled by Clarke Carlisle, the ref awards a free kick. Clarke Carlisle goes into the book. Jamie Cureton produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Danny Coles concedes a free kick for a foul on Clive Platt. Strike on goal comes in from Ben Harding from the free kick. Ben Harding takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Craig Woodman.
Corner taken by Ben Harding, Danny Coles makes a clearance.
Matt Oakley takes a shot. Save by Lee Nicholls.
Unfair challenge on Craig Woodman by Ben Tozer results in a free kick. Ben Tozer booked for unsporting behaviour. Artur Krysiak restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Ben Harding, Adebayo Akinfenwa takes a shot. Clearance by Arron Davies. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Luke Guttridge, Kelvin Langmead takes a shot. Save made by Artur Krysiak.
Jamie Cureton is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Clarke Carlisle.
Jamie Cureton takes a shot. Save made by Lee Nicholls.
(Northampton) makes a substitution, with Jake Robinson coming on for Lewis Hornby. Joe Widdowson leaves the field to be replaced by Clive Platt.
Jamie Cureton produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matt Oakley.
The official flags Jamie Cureton offside. Lee Nicholls takes the indirect free kick.
Foul by Ben Tozer on Jake Gosling, free kick awarded. The ball is swung over by Matt Oakley, Jamie Cureton finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Exeter 2-0 Northampton.The assist for the goal came from Matt Oakley.
Danny Coles fouled by Roy O'Donovan, the ref awards a free kick. Artur Krysiak takes the direct free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Roy O'Donovan misses to the right of the target.
Inswinging corner taken by Lewis Hornby from the left by-line, clearance made by Tommy Doherty.
Right-footed shot by Arron Davies missed to the right of the net.
Adebayo Akinfenwa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Coles. Artur Krysiak restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tommy Doherty on Ben Harding. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ben Harding from right channel, Danny Coles manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Matt Oakley by Lewis Hornby results in a free kick. Kevin Amankwaah restarts play with the free kick.
Jamie Cureton takes a shot. Save by Lee Nicholls.
Adebayo Akinfenwa takes a shot. Artur Krysiak makes a comfortable save.
Matt Oakley challenges Lewis Hornby unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lewis Hornby.
Tommy Doherty takes a shot. Save made by Lee Nicholls.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Amankwaah by Joe Widdowson. Direct free kick taken by Matt Oakley.
Roy O'Donovan takes a shot. Save by Artur Krysiak.
Inswinging corner taken by Lewis Hornby, save by Artur Krysiak.
The official flags Jamie Cureton offside. Free kick taken by Ben Tozer.
Tommy Doherty challenges Lee Collins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Nicholls takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Craig Woodman from the right by-line, Lee Nicholls scores an own goal from 6 yards. Exeter 1-0 Northampton.
Joe Widdowson concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Amankwaah. Matt Oakley restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Craig Woodman, clearance made by Kelvin Langmead.
The offside flag is raised against Jamie Cureton. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.
Roy O'Donovan is ruled offside. Artur Krysiak restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Craig Woodman, save by Lee Nicholls.
The offside flag is raised against Ben Harding. Artur Krysiak takes the free kick.
Lewis Hornby decides to take the corner short.
The offside flag is raised against Jamie Cureton. Free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.
Danny Coles challenges Roy O'Donovan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Harding.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Harding by Craig Woodman. Ben Tozer takes the free kick.
Molesley blow for Grecians
Exeter will be without suspended midfielder Mark Molesley as they welcome fellow promotion hopefuls Northampton to Devon.
The former Bournemouth man saw red in the 2-0 victory at Port Vale and will now serve a three-match ban.
Fellow attacker Jimmy Keohane missed that impressive result at Vale Park through injury and he is expected to return to contention to face the Cobblers.
But manager Paul Tisdale, linked with the managerial vacancy at Swindon this week, has no fresh injury worries as they look for just their third home win since November 6.
Myles Anderson remains a long-term absentee but goalkeeper Artur Krysiak returned to action against Micky Adams' men.
Victory on Saturday would move the Grecians level on points with Northampton in the race for promotion.
Leading scorer Adebayo Akinfenwa and influential winger Chris Hackett will both be available for Northampton.
Seventeen-goal striker Akinfenwa was substituted at half-time against Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night following a heavy fall on his hip.
Hackett was not in the squad for the 1-0 home win, with manager Aidy Boothroyd resting him to ensure his freshness for the weekend game against the Grecians.
Both were excused from full training on Thursday but will train with the squad on Friday ahead of the journey to the south west.
Joe Widdowson is also available again after serving a two-match suspension and he could line up on the left side of midfield - as he did at Southend and Wimbledon recently - with Lee Collins performing well at left-back.
Boothroyd said: "Two or three months ago I'd have said we can't leave Joe out of the team, but Lee has been rock solid and so there is a decision to make there."
One player who will not be travelling is Manny Oyeleke, who has returned to Brentford following the completion of his loan spell.
The 20-year-old midfielder made just two appearances for the Cobblers, starting the defeat at Rotherham and coming on as a substitute in the win at Southend.
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