Bristol Rovers picked up their first home win of the season in convincing fashion over 10-man Northampton.

Anthony Charles was the man who saw red when he dragged down Derek Riordan midway through the first half.

Tom Eaves stroked in Eliot Richards' cross after half-time to break the Cobblers' resolve, before Garry Kenneth finished Richards' corner.

Adebayo Akinfenwa nodded in for the visitors, but Ollie Norburn restored the two-goal cushion with a header.

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Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

"It's the second time we've been down to 10 men after 20 minutes and in an away fixture you need to be resilient and strong with 11 men.

"We had to regroup and unfortunately for us we conceded some poor goals.

"It was a game that we could've won. When you come to a ground where they haven't had a home win and the natives are ready to turn... we didn't frustrate them enough.

"We've got to ride out this period of injuries and sendings off and somehow hang on to the pack until we can get everyone back. We won't be feeling sorry for ourselves."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Bristol Rovers

  • 38 Etheridge
  • 05 Kenneth
  • 06 Parks Booked
  • 11 Broghammer (Brown - 64' )
  • 03 Paterson
  • 15 Norburn
  • 26 Lund Booked
  • 07 Clarkson (Brown - 46' )
  • 10 Richard
  • 27 Riordan (Smith - 54' )
  • 32 Eaves Booked

Substitutes

  • 28 Walker
  • 02 Smith
  • 14 Brown
  • 19 Virgo
  • 21 Brown
  • 25 Clucas
  • 16 Anyinsah

Northampton

  • 21 Nicholls
  • 03 Widdowson Booked
  • 05 Langmead
  • 06 Charles Dismissed
  • 12 Tozer
  • 23 East (Wilson - 51' )
  • 11 Hackett Booked
  • 27 Roofe (Mukendi - 83' )
  • 10 Akinfenwa
  • 14 Nicholls Booked
  • 19 Moult (Artell - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Higgs
  • 18 Artell
  • 07 Demontagnac
  • 09 Platt
  • 15 Mukendi
  • 16 Wilson
Ref: Brown
Att: 5,166

Match Stats

Shots

14 13

On target

6 6

Corners

6 0

Fouls

11 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +2:47

Unfair challenge on Joe Widdowson by Tom Eaves results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

90:00 +0:06

Indirect free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.

90:00 +0:06 Booking

Booking Alex Nicholls shown a yellow card.

89:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Brown by Alex Nicholls.

88:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Tozer by Oliver Norburn. Ben Tozer takes the indirect free kick.

88:00

Lee Brown decides to take the corner short.

86:10

Lee Brown decides to take a short corner.

85:25

Henoc Mukendi concedes a free kick for a foul on Eliot Richards. Michael Smith takes the indirect free kick.

83:18

Assist on the goal came from Lee Brown.

83:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Oliver Norburn - Bristol R 3 - 1 Northamp'n Oliver Norburn finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Bristol Rovers 3-1 Northampton.

82:20 Substitution

Substitution Henoc Mukendi on for Kemar Roofe.

81:48

Alex Nicholls produces a cross, clearance by Garry Kenneth.

80:32

Foul by Michael Smith on Joe Widdowson, free kick awarded. Lee Nicholls takes the free kick.

78:23

Shot on goal comes in from Kemar Roofe from the free kick.

78:23 Booking

Booking Booking for Tom Parkes for unsporting behaviour.

78:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Hackett by Tom Parkes.

77:58

Shot by Lee Brown from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

77:30

Ben Tozer challenges Eliot Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Brown.

76:53

Shot by Tom Eaves from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

74:33

The assist for the goal came from Ben Tozer.

74:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Adebayo Akinfenwa - Bristol R 2 - 1 Northamp'n Adebayo Akinfenwa grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Bristol Rovers 2-1 Northampton.

72:18

The ball is delivered by Lee Brown, Joe Widdowson manages to make a clearance.

71:58

Alex Nicholls takes a shot. Save by Neil Etheridge.

69:57

Shot from just outside the area by Eliot Richards goes over the bar.

69:38

Eliot Richards crosses the ball, Adebayo Akinfenwa makes a clearance.

67:11

The ball is swung over by Lee Brown, Kelvin Langmead makes a clearance.

66:30

The ball is swung over by Lee Brown, clearance made by David Artell.

65:46

Garry Kenneth takes the indirect free kick.

65:46 Booking

Booking The referee books Joe Widdowson for unsporting behaviour.

65:40

Garry Kenneth fouled by Joe Widdowson, the ref awards a free kick.

63:40 Substitution

Substitution (Northampton) makes a substitution, with David Artell coming on for Louis Moult.

63:40 Substitution

Substitution Lee Brown on for Fabian Broghammer.

62:18

Chris Hackett restarts play with the free kick.

62:18 Booking

Booking Booking for Matthew Lund.

62:11

Matthew Lund gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kemar Roofe.

61:39

Effort on goal by Tom Eaves from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

60:33

The ball is sent over by Jim Paterson, clearance made by Ben Tozer.

59:15

Eliot Richards takes the inswinging corner, Lee Nicholls makes a save.

58:04

Kelvin Langmead takes a shot. Save by Neil Etheridge.

56:42

Jim Paterson provided the assist for the goal.

56:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Garry Kenneth - Bristol R 2 - 0 Northamp'n Goal scored by Garry Kenneth from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bristol Rovers 2-0 Northampton.

56:10

Jim Paterson delivers the ball, clearance by Alex Nicholls. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Eliot Richards from the left by-line,

54:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Eliot Richards on Joe Widdowson. Lee Nicholls restarts play with the free kick.

53:39 Substitution

Substitution Michael Smith comes on in place of Derek Riordan.

52:05

Assist on the goal came from Eliot Richards.

52:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Eaves - Bristol R 1 - 0 Northamp'n Tom Eaves gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Bristol Rovers 1-0 Northampton.

51:07

Tom Parkes has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

48:39

Clearance by Kelvin Langmead.

48:39 Substitution

Substitution Lewis Wilson is brought on as a substitute for Danny East.

48:39

Corner taken left-footed by Derek Riordan,

48:03

A cross is delivered by Jim Paterson, Joe Widdowson manages to make a clearance.

45:47

The ball is swung over by Kemar Roofe, Neil Etheridge makes a clearance.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Wayne Brown comes on in place of David Clarkson.

45:00 +1:54 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +1:24

Kemar Roofe has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

43:11

Foul by Oliver Norburn on Adebayo Akinfenwa, free kick awarded. Danny East restarts play with the free kick.

41:46

Centre by Adebayo Akinfenwa, Header from deep inside the area by Kemar Roofe goes over the bar.

40:35

Effort from outside the penalty area by Oliver Norburn goes wide left of the goal.

39:14

Eliot Richards concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Widdowson. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

36:58

Kemar Roofe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eliot Richards. Fabian Broghammer crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Tom Parkes.

35:49 Booking

Booking Chris Hackett receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

35:33

Foul by Chris Hackett on David Clarkson, free kick awarded. Tom Parkes restarts play with the free kick.

34:47

Tom Eaves takes a shot. Save by Lee Nicholls.

34:25

The ball is sent over by Fabian Broghammer.

31:59

Alex Nicholls produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

31:05

Alex Nicholls sends in a cross, clearance by Tom Parkes. Tom Eaves challenges Joe Widdowson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Nicholls restarts play with the free kick.

30:00

Kelvin Langmead takes a shot. Save made by Neil Etheridge.

28:49 Booking

Booking Tom Eaves booked.

28:36

Foul by Tom Eaves on Danny East, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

28:19

Unfair challenge on Alex Nicholls by Tom Parkes results in a free kick. Danny East takes the direct free kick.

27:14

Effort from the edge of the area by Eliot Richards goes wide of the left-hand upright.

26:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kelvin Langmead on Neil Etheridge. Neil Etheridge takes the indirect free kick.

23:10

Free kick taken by Derek Riordan.

23:10 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee shows Anthony Charles a red card.

22:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Derek Riordan by Anthony Charles.

20:39

A cross is delivered by Alex Nicholls, clearance made by Tom Parkes.

19:31

Derek Riordan is caught offside. Lee Nicholls takes the indirect free kick.

18:48

Shot from just outside the penalty box by Chris Hackett misses to the left of the target.

16:58

Effort from 12 yards by Alex Nicholls. Save by Neil Etheridge.

15:18

Anthony Charles takes a shot. Save by Neil Etheridge.

14:06

David Clarkson takes a shot. Lee Nicholls makes a comfortable save.

12:14

Louis Moult sends in a cross, clearance by Matthew Lund. Kemar Roofe has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

10:02

The offside flag is raised against Fabian Broghammer. Lee Nicholls takes the free kick.

7:35

Oliver Norburn fouled by Louis Moult, the ref awards a free kick. Derek Riordan fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

6:47

The ball is sent over by Matthew Lund, clearance made by Anthony Charles.

6:00

Foul by Louis Moult on David Clarkson, free kick awarded. Oliver Norburn takes the indirect free kick.

4:29

The ball is swung over by Fabian Broghammer, Tom Eaves takes a shot. Save made by Lee Nicholls. Fabian Broghammer takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Anthony Charles.

3:16

Shot from outside the box by Kemar Roofe misses to the left of the goal.

2:29

The ball is delivered by Jim Paterson, clearance by Joe Widdowson.

1:22

The ball is swung over by Matthew Lund, comfortable save by Lee Nicholls.

0:34

Unfair challenge on Jim Paterson by Chris Hackett results in a free kick. Oliver Norburn takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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