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Northampton Town 0-3 Rochdale

Northampton's Luke Norris is challenged by Rochdale scorer Matthew Lund, who was sent off for celebrating his goal.

Rochdale went top of League Two after they cruised to victory at Northampton, despite playing with 10 men for much of the second half.

Former Cobblers midfielder Ian Henderson gave the visitors an early lead with a low drive from close range.

Matt Lund then doubled Dale's lead on 54 minutes, but was shown a second yellow card for his goal celebration.

The hosts could not find a response, going three down when Joe Bunney met Henderson's pass to fire home.

Northampton remain 23rd, but are now three points adrift of safety, while Rochdale take over on top by a point from Chesterfield.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

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Post-match: Northampton boss Wilder

"We're big enough to stand up and say it wasn't good enough.

"Thankfully it's only three points lost, although, obviously, our goal difference has taken a battering.

"The players know that the managerial staff aren't happy and they shouldn't be happy on a personal level - both individually and collectively.

"People thought I was crazy coming here but I said we'd stay up when I arrived and I still believe that."

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Post-match: Rochdale manager Hill

"We were ruthless. We could have scored more because we had other opportunities.

"I'm pleased with where we are and what we're doing - it's been a very good season so far and we've got nine games left.

"The league table doesn't lie but it's not really a concern.

"If we're in the same position with three games to go, we can start dreaming."

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2McSweeneyBooked at 66mins
  • 29RobertsonSubstituted forToneyat 78'minutes
  • 34RavenhillBooked at 48mins
  • 23DiamondSubstituted forDickensonat 45'minutes
  • 27Kouo-Doumbe
  • 11Hackett
  • 4Carter
  • 18ConnellSubstituted forLópez Santamariaat 61'minutes
  • 7Sinclair
  • 8Morris

Substitutes

  • 10López Santamaria
  • 12Tozer
  • 13Snedker
  • 17Deegan
  • 20Moyo
  • 24Toney
  • 35Dickenson

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 16Done
  • 4Cavanagh
  • 5Eastham
  • 22O'Connell
  • 40Henderson
  • 12LundBooked at 55mins
  • 39BunneySubstituted forDonnellyat 77'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 24Allen
  • 7Vincenti

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 8Kennedy
  • 9Donnelly
  • 15Porter
  • 17Tanser
  • 21Thomson
  • 29Cummins
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
3,695

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Rochdale 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Rochdale 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  4. Post update

    Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Ian Morris.

  6. Post update

    Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ian Morris (Northampton Town).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town).

  10. Post update

    Jack O'Connell (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Cristian (Northampton Town).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  13. Post update

    Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cristian (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  16. Booking

    George Donnelly (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Ivan Toney replaces Gregor Robertson.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. George Donnelly replaces Joe Bunney.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  20. Post update

    Joe Bunney (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rochdale372071059392067
2Chesterfield381812861362566
3Scunthorpe371617458372165
4Fleetwood371871254421261
5Burton37161384136561
6Oxford Utd371414948371156
7Plymouth37159134241154
8Southend371313114436852
9York371313114438652
10Hartlepool371310144440449
11Cheltenham371115114247-548
12Morecambe371211144455-1147
13Dag & Red361113124445-146
14Newport351112124447-345
15Accrington371111154548-344
16Wimbledon371111153642-644
17Mansfield371013143750-1343
18Bury36915124142-142
19Wycombe371012153945-642
20Bristol Rovers361012143440-642
21Portsmouth37915133851-1342
22Exeter371011164249-741
23Northampton37911173048-1838
24Torquay3799193555-2036
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