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Rochdale 3-2 Northampton Town

George Donnelly

Two late goals helped high-flying Rochdale rise to the top of League Two with victory against strugglers Northampton Town.

Luke Norris gave the Cobblers the lead from 25 yards with a dipping strike over Josh Lillis, before Ian Henderson levelled with a low-driven shot.

The visitors re-took the lead through Stuart Dallas's fierce shot but Michael Rose equalised with a late free-kick.

And George Donnelly fired home the winner as the game entered added time.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We fell behind to a wonder goal and it supported their tactics on the evening. The opposition were magnificent in the pursuit of trying to win the match.

"Once we got back into the game, we weren't going to surrender the opportunity to go on and win, or at least make sure we didn't lose it.

"The response in the second half was better, without really being penetrative, but we eventually got there."

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

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Post-match: Northampton boss Boothroyd

"There are fine moments between winning and losing and for long periods you don't know who's top of the league.

"The reason they are at the top is they keep going and we make silly mistakes.

"I know we're going to pick up results. I have no qualms about that.

"You get so close and you have to be able to finish it off and we didn't."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 25Rose
  • 38Dicker
  • 6Lancashire
  • 22O'Connell
  • 7Vincenti
  • 12LundSubstituted forTutteat 43'minutes
  • 29CumminsSubstituted forDonnellyat 53'minutes
  • 14HérySubstituted forAllenat 68'minutes
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 5Eastham
  • 8Tutte
  • 9Donnelly
  • 21Thomson
  • 24Allen
  • 39Bunney

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2AmankwaahSubstituted forCollinsat 15'minutes
  • 3Widdowson
  • 8Morris
  • 18Reid
  • 27Kouo-Doumbe
  • 11Hackett
  • 17Deegan
  • 33NorrisSubstituted forToneyat 75'minutes
  • 4Carter
  • 29Dallas

Substitutes

  • 6Collins
  • 7Demontagnac
  • 12Tozer
  • 19Emerton
  • 21McNamara
  • 24Toney
  • 26Harriott
Referee:
Michael Naylor
Attendance:
2,362

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 3, Northampton Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 3, Northampton Town 2.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 3, Northampton Town 2. George Donnelly (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Peter Vincenti.

Foul by Gary Dicker (Rochdale).

Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 2, Northampton Town 2. Michael Rose (Rochdale) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Deegan (Northampton Town).

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Lee Collins.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Oliver Lancashire.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Jamie Allen.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Michael Rose.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

Attempt missed. Stuart Dallas (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Ivan Toney replaces Luke Norris because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Jamie Allen replaces Bastien Héry.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

Attempt missed. Luke Norris (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Paul Reid.

Andrew Tutte (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Andrew Tutte (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Lee Collins.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. George Donnelly replaces Graham Cummins.

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Matt Duke.

Attempt saved. Andrew Tutte (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Second Half

Second Half begins Rochdale 1, Northampton Town 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Rochdale 1, Northampton Town 2.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Oliver Lancashire.

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Rochdale).

Luke Norris (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Andrew Tutte (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Luke Norris (Northampton Town).

Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rochdale138232114726
2Chesterfield137332013724
3Exeter137331813524
4Oxford Utd136522112923
5Fleetwood137152015522
6Morecambe136432018222
7Mansfield135621511421
8Burton136341917221
9Newport135531814420
10Wycombe126241814420
11Southend136251411320
12Scunthorpe125521412220
13Dag & Red135531817120
14Hartlepool135351715218
15Wimbledon135351516-118
16Portsmouth124441919016
17Cheltenham134361824-615
18York123361519-412
19Plymouth13337815-712
20Bury132471316-310
21Bristol Rovers132471118-710
22Torquay132471323-1010
23Northampton132381220-89
24Accrington13148920-117
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