Andy Holt grabbed the late winner as Northampton finally secured their first victory of the season at the sixth attempt with a 2-1 win over Southend.

But they had to come from behind to earn all three points against a Southend side looking for their third win on the bounce.

New signing Leon McKenzie almost marked his Northampton debut with a goal in the second minute but his shot was deflected wide after Ryan Gilligan's volley was blocked.

Abdul Osman also saw a shot blocked while at the other end Blair Sturrock wasted a good chance for Southend after being put clear by the impressive Louie Soares.

Ryan Hall tested Northampton keeper Chris Dunn just before the break and Anthony Grant went close with a 25-yard free-kick shortly after the restart.

And it was Grant who broke the deadlock in the 56th minute when he volleyed home a cross from Bilel Mohsni.

But Osman equalised in the 63rd minute and Holt headed home the winner from Michael Jacobs' corner. Osman went close to grabbing a second in the 84th minute but his header hit the post.

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