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Bristol Rovers 0-1 Northampton Town

Bristol Rovers v Northampton
Bristol Rovers are back in League Two after winning promotion from the Conference last season.

Bristol Rovers' return to the Football League ended in defeat as John-Joe O'Toole scored against his old side to give Northampton an opening day win.

Northampton's Marc Richards shot wide early on, while Rovers' Matty Taylor lost control after latching on to a poor back pass and rounding Adam Smith.

O'Toole finally put the Cobblers ahead with a bullet header from six yards.

Rovers rarely threatened but should have equalised when Ellis Harrison fired straight at Smith late on.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Clarke on Northampton v Bristol Rovers

"It was a disappointing day to be honest - we never got ourselves going.

The first 45 minutes was a typical first game of the season. I asked the lads to calm down a little bit in the second half and get our football going.

"We had a great chance to take the lead, which is disappointing when a good chance comes along. We didn't deserve anything from the game."

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

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Chris Wilder: Northampton boss on Bristol Rovers win

"It's a great day for us, it was a great effort from our supporters too.

"We had to defend and we had to defend well. When we passed it around we opened them up; Marc got into some good positions.

"John-Joe had a tough year last season. He has to do better, but we backed him today and it was a great goal."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 15J Clarke
  • 6Parkes
  • 3Brown
  • 4Lockyer
  • 14Lines
  • 24SinclairBooked at 6mins
  • 21MontañoSubstituted forMonakanaat 60'minutes
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forBodinat 71'minutes
  • 17EasterSubstituted forHarrisonat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8O Clarke
  • 9Harrison
  • 11Gosling
  • 16Blissett
  • 22Preston
  • 23Bodin
  • 29Monakana

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 12Lelan
  • 6Cresswell
  • 5Diamond
  • 16Buchanan
  • 15PotterSubstituted forHolmesat 64'minutes
  • 10AdamsBooked at 25minsSubstituted forCorryat 88'minutes
  • 21O'TooleSubstituted forHoskinsat 73'minutes
  • 4Taylor
  • 8Byrom
  • 9Richards

Substitutes

  • 11Holmes
  • 14Hoskins
  • 17Corry
  • 18McDonald
  • 20Calvert-Lewin
  • 22Hackett
  • 26Clarke
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
8,712

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home2
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away9
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Northampton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Northampton Town 1.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ryan Cresswell.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Josh Lelan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Paul Corry replaces Nicky Adams.

Attempt saved. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Jeffrey Monakana (Bristol Rovers).

David Buchanan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by James Clarke.

Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

Joel Byrom (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Sam Hoskins replaces John-Joe O'Toole.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Billy Bodin replaces Matty Taylor.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by James Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Ricky Holmes replaces Alfie Potter.

Attempt blocked. Josh Lelan (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jeffrey Monakana replaces Cristian Montaño.

Attempt saved. Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Jermaine Easter.

Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Lelan (Northampton Town).

Foul by Jermaine Easter (Bristol Rovers).

Josh Lelan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 0, Northampton Town 1. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Buchanan with a cross.

Attempt missed. Jason Taylor (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

Nicky Adams (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Bristol Rovers 0, Northampton Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Northampton Town 0.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

Attempt blocked. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

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2Portsmouth11003033
3Wycombe11003033
4Hartlepool11002023
5Leyton Orient11002023
6Notts County11002023
7Plymouth11002023
8Exeter11003213
9Northampton11001013
10Accrington10101101
11Carlisle10101101
12Crawley10101101
13Luton10101101
14Mansfield10101101
15Oxford Utd10101101
16Yeovil100123-10
17Bristol Rovers100101-10
18Wimbledon100102-20
19Barnet100102-20
20Morecambe100102-20
21Stevenage100102-20
22Dag & Red100103-30
23Newport100103-30
24York100103-30
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