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:

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Knill on Northampton v Rochdale

"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."

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Hill on Northampton v Rochdale

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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Rochdale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Rochdale 0.

Foul by Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town).

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

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

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

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

Foul by Tom Newey (Northampton Town).

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

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Joseph Rafferty.

Substitution

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

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Stephen Dawson.

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

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

Foul by Joe Bunney (Rochdale).

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

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

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Alex Nicholls replaces Joel Byrom.

Attempt missed. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Joel Byrom.

Booking

Ben Tozer (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ben Tozer (Northampton Town).

Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

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

Booking

Matthew Lund (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Joel Byrom (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Bunney replaces Michael Rose.

Attempt missed. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Conrad Logan.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Joseph Rafferty replaces Bastien Héry.

Booking

Tom Newey (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Tom Newey (Northampton Town).

Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Attempt blocked. Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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