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Northampton Town 1-0 Doncaster Rovers

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has taken charge of Northampton on a three-year contract

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink enjoyed a dream start as Northampton manager after a goal inside the first 30 seconds of his reign was enough to give the Cobblers victory over Doncaster.

The former Chelsea striker was taking charge of his first game after replacing Justin Edinburgh this week, and saw his new side post their first points of the League One campaign.

It took just 21 seconds for the Dutchman to celebrate the first goal of his Sixfields tenure, as George Smith raced down the left and set up Matt Crooks for a simple finish inside the area.

Crooks spurned two further chances in a first half controlled by the Cobblers, but Rovers were much the better side in the second half, with Tommy Rowe and James Coppinger going close.

Rovers laid siege to the Northampton goal in the last 10 minutes, and only an acrobatic save from Matt Ingram denied Ben Whiteman a late equaliser.

But for all their aerial threat, Doncaster could not break down a Northampton side desperate to earn their new gaffer his first win.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 13Ingram
  • 6Taylor
  • 20SmithSubstituted forPowellat 88'minutes
  • 16Pierre
  • 2Moloney
  • 22CrooksSubstituted forRichardsat 76'minutes
  • 17McWilliams
  • 29Grimes
  • 3Buchanan
  • 19LongSubstituted forWatersat 57'minutes
  • 10Revell

Substitutes

  • 1Cornell
  • 4Kasim
  • 5Barnett
  • 7Waters
  • 9Richards
  • 11Powell
  • 26Poole

Doncaster

  • 1Lawlor
  • 17Blair
  • 15Wright
  • 6Butler
  • 18ToffoloSubstituted forCoppingerat 45'minutes
  • 7Kongolo
  • 12WhitemanBooked at 32mins
  • 10Rowe
  • 20GarrattSubstituted forHoughtonat 60'minutes
  • 9Marquis
  • 14MandevilleSubstituted forMayat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Alcock
  • 8Mason
  • 11Williams
  • 13Marosi
  • 16Houghton
  • 19May
  • 26Coppinger
Referee:
Darren Handley
Attendance:
5,843

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 1, Doncaster Rovers 0.

Full Time

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

James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daniel Powell (Northampton Town).

Attempt saved. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers) header from very close range is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Marc Richards.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Brendon Moloney.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Matt Ingram.

Attempt saved. Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Brendon Moloney.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Daniel Powell replaces George Smith.

Attempt missed. Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Shaun McWilliams (Northampton Town) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

David Buchanan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rodney Kongolo (Doncaster Rovers).

Attempt saved. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Matt Grimes (Northampton Town).

John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Marc Richards replaces Matt Crooks.

Attempt missed. Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Billy Waters (Northampton Town).

Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Joe Wright (Doncaster Rovers) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Matt Ingram.

Attempt saved. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Matt Crooks.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Matt Grimes.

Attempt blocked. Rodney Kongolo (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by George Smith.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by David Buchanan.

Attempt blocked. Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Alex Revell (Northampton Town).

Joe Wright (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Revell (Northampton Town).

Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury651094516
2Charlton6501137615
3Peterborough6411137613
4Bradford6411127513
5Scunthorpe633082612
6Oxford Utd6321103711
7Blackpool632186211
8Wigan531183510
9Fleetwood531185310
10Blackburn530210649
11Rotherham630310829
12Bristol Rovers63031012-29
13Walsall62229908
14Portsmouth62226608
15MK Dons621347-37
16Doncaster613267-16
17Southend6132712-56
18Wimbledon611437-44
19Bury6114611-54
20Plymouth6114510-54
21Rochdale603339-63
22Northampton5104310-73
23Gillingham6024410-62
24Oldham6015714-71
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