Caretaker puts hat in the ring

Caretaker boss Andy King does not know if Northampton's 2-1 win at Newport will be good enough to land him the job full-time.

The Cobblers pulled off a shock win at Newport thanks to goals from on-loan Everton youngster Hallam Hope and midfielder Darren Carter either side of half-time, while goalkeeper Matt Duke saved home midfielder Andy Sandell's late penalty.

King has led the League Two basement club to four points from two games since taking charge following Aidy Boothroyd's sacking.

King said: "I've loved it. I've got my spark back.

"I've proved I'm a manager.

"I always knew I am a manager, but I didn't shout it from the rooftops because there was no point because no-one was listening.

"There have been no discussions at the moment, I haven't thought about it too much.

"I know they have probably spoken to other people, but all I can do is try and get Northampton to win football matches.

"I've made their choice harder, but if they go with someone else I have made their job a little bit easier because now there is a real chance of us getting out of this position.

"We have been on a really bad run, but I thought they earned that win.

"If we had got a lucky result I would say so, but we created a lot of chances and probably could have had a couple more.

"It was a very entertaining game and my players were fantastic.

"They showed skill, energy and then a determination to win the game, which I like."

Teenager Hope gave Northampton the lead with a smart finish after 29 minutes.

County hit back in first-half injury time through Harry Worley's towering header from a corner.

But the visitors were back in front two minutes into the second half thanks to Carter's stunning 25-yard strike.

Newport's Sandell had a late penalty saved by Duke after David Pipe had been fouled by Lee Collins.