League Two
NorthamptonNorthampton Town0Bristol RoversBristol Rovers0
Chris Wilder

Northampton Town shared the points with Bristol Rovers in a tense game against their fellow League Two strugglers.

Northampton, who had won three of their last four games, looked the likelier scorers in a quiet first half, with the pace of Emile Sinclair the main threat.

But clear chances remained rare, although both goalkeepers were forced into good saves in the closing stages.

The Cobblers are four points off safety, while the visitors are six points clear of the relegation zone.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

"I think the players have given me, the staff, the club and most importantly the supporters everything in the last three games.

"We could have won it, we could also have lost it. Matt Duke has made an unbelievable save and on the basis of the game maybe the draw is a fair result.

"On current form we're one of the top sides in the division, we can be pleased with our performance this afternoon and it has been an encouraging week."

Bristol Rovers boss John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"In the second half it opened up a little bit so the second period was [like it was] because we were both trying to win it.

"That's key to what happened the first half, it seemed like we both were trying not to concede the first goal which was a bit dull.

"We tried to lift the teams at half-time and I think both teams did that, lifted it up. If we would have been chatting about a 2-2 draw we would have been quite excited about the game.

"But it was 0-0 and people think that's not a lot but it's been a big week we've just played three form teams in our week and two of them away from home so I've got to be satisfied with an unbeaten haul and a few more points on the total."

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2McSweeney
  • 29Robertson
  • 34Ravenhill
  • 23Diamond
  • 27Kouo-Doumbe
  • 11Hackett
  • 4CarterBooked at 81mins
  • 7SinclairSubstituted forMarquisat 65'minutes
  • 18Connell
  • 35DickensonSubstituted forMorrisat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Morris
  • 9Marquis
  • 12Tozer
  • 13Snedker
  • 17Deegan
  • 24Toney
  • 25German

Bristol Rovers

  • 1MildenhallBooked at 53mins
  • 2Smith
  • 14Brown
  • 24O Clarke
  • 6Parkes
  • 29McChrystal
  • 7ClarksonSubstituted forSantosat 78'minutes
  • 30Lockyer
  • 19BeardsleySubstituted forGillespieat 57'minutes
  • 32O'Toole
  • 39Mohamed

Substitutes

  • 4Woodards
  • 8Gillespie
  • 17Harrison
  • 18Harding
  • 20Gough
  • 25Clucas
  • 33Santos
Referee:
Mike Russell
Attendance:
5,058

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

  5. Post update

    Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Marquis (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stephen Gillespie (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Leon McSweeney.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Ian Morris replaces Brennan Dickenson.

  10. Post update

    Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Alan Connell (Northampton Town).

  14. Booking

    Darren Carter (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

  16. Post update

    Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alefe Santos replaces David Clarkson.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Marquis (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

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