Goals from Chris Hackett and Alex Nicholls helped Northampton Town beat Rotherham United and claim their first win of the season.

Hackett put the Cobblers in front with a 20-yard drive after latching onto Nicholls' quick throw-in.

Ben Harding then struck the underside of the bar before Ben Pringle's deflected shot made it 1-1.

The Cobblers regained the lead when Nicholls rounded Millers keeper Scott Shearer and fired into the net.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

"It was certainly the best [performance] since I've been here.

"I thought we were fantastic. We had all the things you'd expect - the commitment and the work ethic.

"We also made some terrific decisions and out-footballed them in the middle of the pitch. We played and passed it really well."

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It was a daylight robbery.

"They started brighter than us, but I think from the 25th minute mark to the 85th minute, there's [only] one team trying to play football... and that's Rotherham United.

"So it's a bitter blow to swallow, but that's footballl.

"We might go somewhere and get totally dominated and nick a winner, because that's what's happened [here]."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Northampton Town

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

Substitutes

  • 13 Snedker
  • 06 Charles
  • 07 Demontagnac
  • 10 Akinfenwa
  • 15 Mukendi
  • 16 Wilson
  • 19 Moult

Rotherham United

  • 01 Shearer
  • 03 Wilson
  • 05 Sharps
  • 04 Arnason
  • 08 Taylor
  • 10 O'Connor (Evans - 63' )
  • 14 Bradley
  • 15 Pringle
  • 19 Noble
  • 16 Odejayi (Revell - 78' )
  • 17 Nardiello (Agard - 55' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Warrington
  • 06 Mullins
  • 07 Ainsworth
  • 11 Evans
  • 24 Rose
  • 09 Revell
  • 22 Agard
Ref: Kettle
Att: 4,171

Match Stats

Shots

9 23

On target

6 15

Corners

6 9

Fouls

15 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:54 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +4:11

David Noble takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Nicholls.

90:00 +3:35

Laurence Wilson fouled by Adebayo Akinfenwa, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Shearer.

90:00 +3:15

Jason Taylor has an effort at goal. Lee Nicholls makes a comfortable save.

90:00 +2:44 Booking

Booking Clive Platt shown a yellow card.

90:00 +2:28

The official flags Clive Platt offside. Free kick taken by Scott Shearer.

90:00 +1:59

The ball is delivered by Gareth Evans.

90:00 +1:16

Unfair challenge on Laurence Wilson by Adebayo Akinfenwa results in a free kick. Scott Shearer restarts play with the free kick.

88:59

Unfair challenge on David Artell by Kieran Agard results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

88:01

Jason Taylor sends in a cross, Lee Nicholls makes a save.

86:52

Inswinging corner taken by Ben Pringle, clearance made by Adebayo Akinfenwa.

86:35 Booking

Booking Adebayo Akinfenwa is booked.

86:33

Jason Taylor takes a shot. Scott Shearer makes a save.

85:17

The assist for the goal came from Clive Platt.

85:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Alex Nicholls - Northamp'n 2 - 1 Rotherham Alex Nicholls fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Northampton 2-1 Rotherham.

84:31

David Noble takes a shot. Blocked by Clive Platt.

83:37

Ben Pringle delivers a inswinging corner to centre, Clive Platt makes a clearance.

83:21

The ball is delivered by Gareth Evans, blocked by Ben Tozer.

82:17

The ball is sent over by Gareth Evans, save by Lee Nicholls.

81:48

David Noble takes a short corner.

81:22

Inswinging corner taken by Ben Pringle from the right by-line, clearance made by Kelvin Langmead.

81:11

Centre by Gareth Evans, clearance by David Artell.

80:20

Foul by Clive Platt on Ian Sharps, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Shearer.

79:43

Laurence Wilson crosses the ball.

79:34

The ball is swung over by Ben Pringle.

79:03

Gareth Evans takes a shot. Blocked by Ben Tozer.

77:10 Substitution

Substitution Alex Revell replaces Kayode Odejayi.

77:10

Ben Pringle takes the inswinging corner, Kieran Agard has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.

76:46

Ben Pringle takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Mark Bradley.

76:06

Kieran Agard takes a shot. Save by Lee Nicholls.

75:28

Inswinging corner taken by Ben Pringle, Clive Platt makes a clearance.

75:18

Gareth Evans delivers the ball, clearance by Chris Hackett.

75:02

The ball is sent over by Gareth Evans, David Artell manages to make a clearance.

73:57

Ian Sharps produces a cross, save by Lee Nicholls.

73:04

The assistant referee signals for offside against Clive Platt. Scott Shearer takes the free kick.

72:44

The ball is delivered by Gareth Evans, Scott Shearer makes a save.

71:59

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ben Harding.

71:36

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ben Harding from the right by-line to the near post, Mark Bradley manages to make a clearance.

70:13

Effort on goal by Kieran Agard from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

69:26

Ian Sharps fouled by Ben Harding, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Shearer.

68:16

Gareth Evans sends in a cross, clearance by John Johnson.

68:02

The ball is swung over by Kayode Odejayi, clearance made by John Johnson.

67:13

The referee blows for offside against Clive Platt. Scott Shearer takes the free kick.

66:49

Mark Bradley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Nicholls. David Artell takes the free kick.

65:10 Substitution

Substitution Adebayo Akinfenwa comes on in place of Luke Guttridge.

65:10

Jason Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Widdowson. Free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

64:25

Foul by Clive Platt on Scott Shearer, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Shearer.

63:21

David Noble has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.

62:25 Substitution

Substitution Gareth Evans on for Michael O'Connor.

62:25 Booking

Booking Luke Guttridge goes into the book.

61:51

Jason Taylor fouled by Luke Guttridge, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Shearer restarts play with the free kick.

61:18

Centre by Mark Bradley.

60:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kelvin Langmead on Kieran Agard. Indirect free kick taken by Kari Arnason.

59:30

Inswinging corner taken by Michael O'Connor from the left by-line, save by Lee Nicholls.

58:58

The ball is sent over by Michael O'Connor, Ben Pringle has a volleyed shot. Blocked by John Johnson.

57:26

A cross is delivered by Michael O'Connor, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Kieran Agard misses to the left of the goal.

55:39

Shot by Kelvin Langmead from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

55:15

Foul by Ben Pringle on David Artell, free kick awarded. David Artell takes the indirect free kick.

54:39 Substitution

Substitution Kieran Agard replaces Daniel Nardiello.

54:20

John Johnson crosses the ball.

53:48

Ben Harding takes a shot. Mark Bradley gets a block in.

52:02

The ball is sent over by Chris Hackett, Laurence Wilson gets a block in. Corner taken by Ben Harding from the right by-line, Foul by Kelvin Langmead on Kayode Odejayi, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Shearer.

49:26

Foul by Luke Guttridge on Jason Taylor, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by David Noble.

45:48

Effort from the edge of the area by Alex Nicholls goes wide of the left-hand upright.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +2:00 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +1:23

Foul by Chris Hackett on Ben Pringle, free kick awarded. Kari Arnason takes the indirect free kick.

45:00 +0:39

Mark Bradley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Widdowson. Lee Nicholls takes the indirect free kick.

45:00 +0:08

Jason Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Ben Tozer.

43:31

Kayode Odejayi concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Widdowson. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

42:53

David Noble has an effort at goal. Lee Nicholls makes a brilliant save.

41:47

Assist on the goal came from Kayode Odejayi.

41:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Pringle - Northamp'n 1 - 1 Rotherham Ben Pringle gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Northampton 1-1 Rotherham.

41:04

Effort from 18 yards by Luke Guttridge. Blocked by Ian Sharps.

40:06

Shot by Ben Pringle. Save by Lee Nicholls.

39:13

Michael O'Connor takes a shot. Kelvin Langmead manages to make a clearance.

36:46

The ball is swung over by Laurence Wilson, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Michael O'Connor goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

35:17

Ben Tozer fouled by Kayode Odejayi, the ref awards a free kick. John Johnson takes the free kick.

34:35

Michael O'Connor produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

33:07

Corner taken by Ben Pringle played to the near post, Ian Sharps takes a shot.

32:54

Mark Bradley sends in a cross, clearance made by Joe Widdowson.

31:47

Clive Platt takes a shot. Save made by Scott Shearer.

31:09

Ben Harding takes a shot from outside the penalty area and hits the post.

30:04

Unfair challenge on Laurence Wilson by Clive Platt results in a free kick. Scott Shearer takes the free kick.

28:56

Jason Taylor takes a shot. Save by Lee Nicholls.

28:30

A cross is delivered by Mark Bradley.

27:15

Chris Hackett takes the inswinging corner, Scott Shearer makes a clearance.

26:46

Inswinging corner taken by Ben Harding, clearance by Kayode Odejayi.

26:35

Centre by Chris Hackett, Laurence Wilson gets a block in.

25:07

Assist on the goal came from Alex Nicholls.

25:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Hackett - Northamp'n 1 - 0 Rotherham Chris Hackett grabs a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Northampton 1-0 Rotherham.

24:28

The ball is delivered by Mark Bradley, clearance by David Artell.

21:07

Clive Platt challenges Ian Sharps unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Shearer takes the indirect free kick.

20:07

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Michael O'Connor, save by Lee Nicholls.

19:03

Chris Hackett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Laurence Wilson. Strike comes in from David Noble from the free kick, John Johnson manages to make a clearance.

18:20

Kayode Odejayi crosses the ball.

17:23

A cross is delivered by Mark Bradley, clearance made by Kelvin Langmead.

14:43

Chris Hackett delivers the ball.

11:39

Laurence Wilson fouled by Alex Nicholls, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Laurence Wilson.

10:29

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Hackett from the left by-line to the near post, Mark Bradley manages to make a clearance.

10:05

The ball is delivered by John Johnson, clearance by Ian Sharps.

8:53

Ben Pringle concedes a free kick for a foul on John Johnson. Indirect free kick taken by Kelvin Langmead.

8:25

Daniel Nardiello produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

6:27

The ball is crossed by John Johnson, Mark Bradley makes a clearance.

3:27

Kari Arnason challenges Alex Nicholls unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luke Guttridge fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

2:37

The ball is swung over by Mark Bradley, save by Lee Nicholls.

1:54

Unfair challenge on Ben Pringle by John Johnson results in a free kick. Laurence Wilson restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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