A new-look Rochdale side could not break down the stubborn Northampton defence in a goalless draw.

The hosts had six players making their league debuts, but were under pressure early on as the Cobblers bombarded their area with a string of set-pieces.

Ashley Grimes, George Donnelly and Phil Edwards all went close for the Dale.

After the break, Peter Cavanagh continued the threat with a diving header, while Alex Nicholls wasted a good chance for the visitors.

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Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (2)

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 04 Cavanagh
  • 05 Edwards
  • 12 Edwards Booked
  • 14 McIntyre
  • 19 Pearson
  • 07 Kennedy
  • 08 Tutte
  • 11 Grimes
  • 09 Donnelly (Putterill - 76' )
  • 15 Adebola

Substitutes

  • 31 Smith
  • 02 Rafferty
  • 03 Bennett
  • 06 Barry-Murphy
  • 13 Putterill
  • 23 Craney
  • 20 Curran

Northampton

  • 21 Nicholls
  • 02 Johnson
  • 03 Widdowson
  • 05 Langmead
  • 12 Tozer
  • 18 Artell
  • 04 Guttridge (Mukendi - 66' )
  • 08 Harding
  • 11 Hackett Booked
  • 09 Platt
  • 14 Nicholls

Substitutes

  • 13 Snedker
  • 06 Charles
  • 07 Demontagnac
  • 10 Akinfenwa
  • 15 Mukendi
  • 16 Wilson
  • 19 Moult
Ref: Harrington
Att: 2,558

Match Stats

Shots

14 8

On target

0 1

Corners

12 7

Fouls

10 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:06 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +1:33

Dele Adebola takes a shot. Save by Lee Nicholls.

90:00 +0:02

Andrew Tutte takes a shot. Lee Nicholls manages to make a clearance.

89:17

Alex Nicholls takes a shot. Josh Lillis manages to make a clearance.

89:05 Booking

Booking Caution for Chris Hackett.

88:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Clive Platt on Josh Lillis. Josh Lillis restarts play with the free kick.

84:13

Shot by Ray Putterill from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

82:51

Kelvin Langmead takes a shot. Lee Nicholls manages to make a clearance.

81:41

Henoc Mukendi takes a shot. Peter Cavanagh challenges Chris Hackett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Harding crosses the ball in from the free kick, Dele Adebola makes a clearance. Lee Nicholls makes a save.

81:08

Andrew Tutte takes a shot. Lee Nicholls makes a clearance.

80:11

Alex Nicholls takes a shot. Josh Lillis makes a clearance.

79:34

Unfair challenge on John Johnson by Ryan Edwards results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

79:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kelvin Langmead on Dele Adebola. Indirect free kick taken by Kevin McIntyre.

77:08

Ashley Grimes takes a shot. Corner taken by Peter Cavanagh played to the near post, Peter Cavanagh takes a shot. Lee Nicholls makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jason Kennedy, Effort on goal by Ashley Grimes from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

76:20

Dele Adebola handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by David Artell.

75:39 Substitution

Substitution Ray Putterill replaces George Donnelly.

74:34

Foul by Matthew Pearson on Ben Harding, free kick awarded. Lee Nicholls takes the indirect free kick.

71:58

Unfair challenge on Clive Platt by Ryan Edwards results in a free kick. Ben Harding produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. The offside flag is raised against Henoc Mukendi. Josh Lillis restarts play with the free kick.

70:25

Unfair challenge on John Johnson by Jason Kennedy results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ben Harding from right wing. Ashley Grimes takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

66:55

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jason Kennedy. Foul by Phil Edwards on John Johnson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

66:19 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Phil Edwards for unsporting behaviour.

65:43 Substitution

Substitution (Northampton) makes a substitution, with Henoc Mukendi coming on for Luke Guttridge.

65:21

Kevin McIntyre produces a cross, clearance made by Lee Nicholls.

64:12

Jason Kennedy concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Guttridge. David Artell takes the indirect free kick.

61:28

Dele Adebola takes a shot. Blocked by Kelvin Langmead. Jason Kennedy takes the inswinging corner, Lee Nicholls manages to make a clearance.

60:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Guttridge on Kevin McIntyre. Kevin McIntyre restarts play with the free kick.

59:28

Kevin McIntyre sends in a cross, Lee Nicholls makes a clearance.

58:50

Ben Tozer takes a shot. Josh Lillis manages to make a clearance.

57:00

The referee blows for offside against Alex Nicholls. Free kick taken by Phil Edwards.

53:51

Andrew Tutte takes a shot. Clearance made by Lee Nicholls.

51:26

Kevin McIntyre challenges Alex Nicholls unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ben Harding, clearance made by Ryan Edwards. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Chris Hackett, clearance made by Andrew Tutte. Andrew Tutte takes a corner.

50:28

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Harding played to the near post, clearance made by Kevin McIntyre.

49:09

Effort from inside the six-yard box by Dele Adebola goes wide right of the goal.

47:39

Corner taken right-footed by Chris Hackett, Kelvin Langmead takes a shot. Save by Josh Lillis.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +3:29 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:28

Outswinging corner taken by Jason Kennedy, Phil Edwards has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

44:38

Chris Hackett concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Cavanagh. Josh Lillis takes the indirect free kick.

43:36

Corner taken by Jason Kennedy.

41:49

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Chris Hackett, clearance by Ryan Edwards.

41:02

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ashley Grimes.

37:36

Kevin McIntyre delivers the ball, David Artell makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Andrew Tutte from the left by-line, Ben Tozer makes a clearance.

36:06

Chris Hackett takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Dele Adebola manages to make a clearance.

35:38

Effort from inside the penalty area by Ashley Grimes hits the post.

33:37

Corner taken by Jason Kennedy, Clive Platt manages to make a clearance.

33:24

George Donnelly delivers the ball, clearance by John Johnson.

30:42

Inswinging corner taken by Kevin McIntyre.

30:14

The ball is sent over by George Donnelly, Ben Tozer makes a clearance.

27:07

The ball is crossed by Andrew Tutte, Lee Nicholls makes a clearance.

25:42

Kevin McIntyre crosses the ball, Ryan Edwards takes a shot. Lee Nicholls makes a clearance.

24:55

Kevin McIntyre sends in a cross, Lee Nicholls manages to make a clearance.

24:31

Clive Platt is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Ryan Edwards.

21:35

Centre by Chris Hackett, clearance made by Phil Edwards. Corner taken by Ben Harding, clearance made by Josh Lillis.

20:44

Kevin McIntyre sends in a cross, Alex Nicholls manages to make a clearance.

20:23

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Phil Edwards.

16:32

Andrew Tutte takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Lee Nicholls.

14:56

Clive Platt is ruled offside. Matthew Pearson restarts play with the free kick.

13:50

The assistant referee signals for offside against George Donnelly. Lee Nicholls takes the indirect free kick.

12:17

Ashley Grimes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Guttridge. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

11:47

Alex Nicholls challenges Phil Edwards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Kennedy.

9:11

Ashley Grimes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Tozer. Free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

7:41

George Donnelly fouled by Joe Widdowson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Jason Kennedy, John Johnson makes a clearance.

6:01

Phil Edwards fouled by Clive Platt, the ref awards a free kick. Josh Lillis takes the indirect free kick.

5:14

Chris Hackett takes a shot. Lee Nicholls manages to make a clearance.

3:59

Chris Hackett takes a inswinging corner.

2:38

Ryan Edwards fouled by Alex Nicholls, the ref awards a free kick. Josh Lillis restarts play with the free kick.

0:45

Kevin McIntyre fouled by John Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jason Kennedy from left wing, Lee Nicholls makes a clearance.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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