The FA Cup - First Round
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Northampton Town 0-0 Rochdale

Mid-table League Two side Northampton Town shared an FA Cup first round goalless draw with League One high fliers Rochdale at Sixfields.

But Dale may be the happier of the two sides to book a Spotland replay after playing most of the tie with 10 men.

Former Cobblers striker Ian Henderson got a straight red card in the 16th minute for kicking out at Ben Tozer.

Even a man short, Dale went close through Matt Lund and Matt Done but the Cobblers did have chances.

Ivan Toney had a couple of headed chances before firing over the bar from close range following an excellent cross from Kaid Mohamed.

But the visitors went closest when Ashley Eastham's header hit the post in the final minute of normal time.

The two sides will meet at Spotland for the replay on 18th November 19.45 GMT.

Northampton Town assistant manager Alan Knill told BBC Radio Northampton:

"It's difficult playing against 10 men, especially against a side like Rochdale who can counter-attack.

"I thought Stewart Murdoch was excellent in midfield, and it's always good to get a clean sheet. That's two in a row, after a long time without one.

"We had a real chance today to go through, but I think we'll learn from today's performance ahead of the replay."

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I'm happy with the draw considering the situation we were in after 15 minutes.

"I think we could quite easily have walked away from here having won the game.

"I think we dominated in the first half with 10 men"

Line-ups

Northampton

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Duke
  • 12TozerBooked at 75mins
  • 36CresswellBooked at 45mins
  • 6Collins
  • 2AlfeiSubstituted forCarterat 45'minutes
  • 25ByromSubstituted forNichollsat 80'minutes
  • 32Murdoch
  • 19D'AthSubstituted forMohamedat 16'minutes
  • 33NeweyBooked at 59mins
  • 7Sinclair
  • 24Toney

Substitutes

  • 4Carter
  • 5Langmead
  • 13Snedker
  • 14Nicholls
  • 18Ravenhill
  • 23Mohamed

Rochdale

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 22Logan
  • 3Bennett
  • 5Eastham
  • 6Lancashire
  • 17Tanser
  • 25RoseSubstituted forBunneyat 63'minutesSubstituted forAndrewat 87'minutes
  • 8LundBooked at 69mins
  • 14HerySubstituted forRaffertyat 59'minutes
  • 12Dawson
  • 40HendersonBooked at 15mins
  • 16Done

Substitutes

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 9Andrew
  • 11Noble-Lazarus
  • 27Cannon
  • 28Camps
  • 39Bunney
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
2,790

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Rochdale 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Rochdale 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town).

  4. Post update

    Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Tanser (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    Ashley Eastham (Rochdale) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box following a set piece situation.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Tom Newey (Northampton Town).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Cresswell (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Joseph Rafferty.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Calvin Andrew replaces Joe Bunney because of an injury.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Stephen Dawson.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  14. Post update

    Lee Collins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Joe Bunney (Rochdale).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Lee Collins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stewart Murdoch (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Alex Nicholls replaces Joel Byrom.