Northampton Town moved back into the play-off places after beating Rochdale, who lost for the first time since the return of manager Keith Hill.

Clive Platt headed the Cobblers in front from Chris Hackett's cross,but Dale were back on level terms when Kevin McIntyre set up Jason Kennedy.

The home side restored their lead two minutes later, Kelvin Langmead pouncing on a loose ball to prod home.

And after Hackett was tripped, Adebayo Akinfenwa netted a late penalty.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Northampton Town assistant manager Andy King told BBC Radio Northampton:

"You have to talk honestly and they came out in the first 20 minutes and played extremely well. It probably gives us more satisfaction that we handled it and won the game comfortably in the end.

"I didn't feel that they threatened terribly. I still thought we'd score more goals.

"Platt and Akinfenwa is a good combination, you saw how they worked together and I'm pleased they both got goals.

"We have a standing joke now. When they call out (the sponsors') man of the match, we all say 'number 11' together (Chris Hackett). He's had a great season."

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It's always difficult when you lose but you've got to look beyond the scoreline at times, especially when we're in the position we're in and I've just come to the football club.

"I'm relatively pleased with certain parts of the performance and the only thing I'm not best pleased with is the concentration levels.

"That helps the opposition and we didn't nullify their threat as much as I expected to."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Northampton

  • 21 Nicholls
  • 03 Widdowson (Robinson - 80' )
  • 05 Langmead
  • 12 Tozer
  • 30 Carlisle
  • 04 Guttridge (Hornby - 83' )
  • 08 Harding
  • 11 Hackett
  • 09 Platt
  • 10 Akinfenwa (Collins - 77' )
  • 28 O'Donovan

Substitutes

  • 13 Snedker
  • 02 Johnson
  • 06 Collins
  • 07 Demontagnac
  • 22 Hornby
  • 23 Oyeleke
  • 17 Robinson

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 02 Rafferty (Cavanagh - 62' )
  • 03 Bennett
  • 05 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 12 P Edwards
  • 07 Kennedy
  • 08 Tutte (Grimes - 46' )
  • 14 McIntyre Booked
  • 23 Haworth
  • 09 Donnelly
  • 27 Gornell (Logan - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Collis
  • 04 Cavanagh
  • 19 Pearson
  • 06 Barry-Murphy
  • 11 Grimes
  • 15 Adebola
  • 26 Logan
Ref: Linington
Att: 5,110

Match Stats

Shots

15 19

On target

6 8

Corners

3 7

Fouls

13 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:01 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:23

The ball is swung over by Andy Haworth, save by Lee Nicholls.

90:00 +2:52

Andy Haworth takes the outswinging corner, Jake Robinson makes a clearance.

88:49

Outswinging corner taken by Andy Haworth, clearance made by Kelvin Langmead.

87:51

Roy O'Donovan challenges Kevin McIntyre unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Andy Haworth, Clive Platt makes a clearance.

86:21

Shot from just outside the area by Roy O'Donovan misses to the right of the target.

85:48

Roy O'Donovan has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

84:59

George Donnelly produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

82:44 Substitution

Substitution Lewis Hornby is brought on as a substitute for Luke Guttridge.

82:44 Substitution

Substitution Joel Logan comes on in place of Terry Gornell.

80:48

Clarke Carlisle challenges Terry Gornell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Peter Cavanagh.

79:28 Substitution

Substitution Jake Robinson on for Joe Widdowson.

79:00

Unfair challenge on Kelvin Langmead by Terry Gornell results in a free kick. Ben Tozer restarts play with the free kick.

78:11

Joe Widdowson delivers the ball, Clive Platt takes a shot. Phil Edwards gets a block in.

76:21 Substitution

Substitution (Northampton) makes a substitution, with Lee Collins coming on for Adebayo Akinfenwa.

75:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Adebayo Akinfenwa - Northamp'n 3 - 1 Rochdale Penalty taken right-footed by Adebayo Akinfenwa and scored. Northampton 3-1 Rochdale.

74:48 Booking

Booking Kevin McIntyre goes into the referee's book.

74:25

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Hackett by Kevin McIntyre.

73:38

Terry Gornell takes a shot. Blocked by Kelvin Langmead.

72:47

Andy Haworth is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Lee Nicholls takes the free kick.

68:40

Assist on the goal came from Ben Tozer.

68:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Kelvin Langmead - Northamp'n 2 - 1 Rochdale Kelvin Langmead gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Northampton 2-1 Rochdale.

66:51

Ben Harding takes the inswinging corner, Ben Tozer takes a shot.

64:14

Assist by Kevin McIntyre.

64:14 Goal scored

Goal! - Jason Kennedy - Northamp'n 1 - 1 Rochdale Jason Kennedy fires in a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Northampton 1-1 Rochdale.

62:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa on Josh Lillis. Josh Lillis takes the direct free kick.

61:52 Substitution

Substitution (Rochdale) makes a substitution, with Peter Cavanagh coming on for Joe Rafferty.

60:35

Joe Rafferty takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

59:40

Centre by Joe Rafferty, save by Lee Nicholls.

58:58

Chris Hackett takes a shot. Save by Josh Lillis.

56:18

Shot from deep inside the area by Terry Gornell goes over the bar.

55:27

Joe Rafferty produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

53:28

The assistant referee flags for offside against Terry Gornell. Lee Nicholls restarts play with the free kick.

52:13

Centre by Andy Haworth.

51:07

George Donnelly takes a shot. Save by Lee Nicholls. Inswinging corner taken by Andy Haworth from the left by-line played to the near post, Clive Platt manages to make a clearance.

49:22

Andy Haworth takes a shot. Save by Lee Nicholls. Andy Haworth takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Adebayo Akinfenwa. The ball is sent over by Joe Rafferty, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Rhys Bennett goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

48:38

A cross is delivered by Chris Hackett, Roy O'Donovan takes a shot. Save by Josh Lillis.

46:10

Andy Haworth concedes a free kick for a foul on Roy O'Donovan. Joe Widdowson takes the direct free kick. The ball is swung over by Joe Widdowson, Kevin McIntyre makes a clearance. Effort from the edge of the area by Clarke Carlisle goes wide of the right-hand upright.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Grimes is brought on as a substitute for Andrew Tutte.

45:00 +2:15 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +1:53

Luke Guttridge concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Kennedy. Jason Kennedy takes the direct free kick.

45:00 +0:04

The assistant referee flags for offside against Andy Haworth. Lee Nicholls restarts play with the free kick.

44:05

Kevin McIntyre challenges Chris Hackett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Harding takes the free kick.

43:53

A cross is delivered by Joe Widdowson.

42:49

Ben Harding has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

40:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Widdowson on George Donnelly. Andrew Tutte fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

40:10

Centre by Chris Hackett, Joe Rafferty manages to make a clearance.

39:19

Rhys Bennett takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Clive Platt.

37:24

Chris Hackett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Haworth. Andy Haworth takes the direct free kick.

35:49

Joe Widdowson produces a volleyed left-footed shot from 30 yards. Blocked by Phil Edwards. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ben Harding, Josh Lillis makes a save. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on George Donnelly by Clarke Carlisle. Andy Haworth takes the free kick.

34:11

Terry Gornell challenges Kelvin Langmead unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

32:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Terry Gornell by Kelvin Langmead. Free kick crossed right-footed by Andy Haworth, save made by Lee Nicholls. Ben Harding produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

31:16

Assist by Chris Hackett.

31:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Clive Platt - Northamp'n 1 - 0 Rochdale Clive Platt grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Northampton 1-0 Rochdale.

30:48

Chris Hackett delivers the ball, clearance by Joe Widdowson.

30:16

Andrew Tutte takes a shot. Save by Lee Nicholls.

27:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Widdowson on Andrew Tutte. Josh Lillis restarts play with the free kick.

26:06

Andrew Tutte crosses the ball, clearance by Ben Tozer.

25:32

Ben Harding has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

24:14

Unfair challenge on Kevin McIntyre by Clive Platt results in a free kick. Phil Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

18:59

Header on goal by Adebayo Akinfenwa from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target. Corner taken by Ben Harding from the right by-line, Adebayo Akinfenwa concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Lillis. Josh Lillis takes the free kick. Andy Haworth concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Hackett. Direct free kick taken by Ben Tozer.

17:18

The official flags Adebayo Akinfenwa offside. Indirect free kick taken by Josh Lillis. Terry Gornell is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Lee Nicholls takes the indirect free kick.

15:35

Andy Haworth takes a shot. Blocked by Clarke Carlisle. Effort on goal by Jason Kennedy from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

14:03

A cross is delivered by Ben Tozer. Ben Harding is caught offside. Free kick taken by Josh Lillis.

13:09

The ball is swung over by Ben Tozer, clearance made by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

12:01

The ball is crossed by Kevin McIntyre.

11:00

Corner taken by Andy Haworth from the left by-line to the near post, Clive Platt makes a clearance. Shot by Andrew Tutte from 20 yards. Adebayo Akinfenwa gets a block in.

9:42

Jason Kennedy has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

8:53

Header from deep inside the area by Adebayo Akinfenwa goes over the bar.

6:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Cansdell-Sherriff by Luke Guttridge. Josh Lillis takes the direct free kick.

5:51

Terry Gornell is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Clarke Carlisle takes the indirect free kick. George Donnelly is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

4:48

Andy Haworth takes a shot. Kelvin Langmead gets a block in.

3:58

Effort from outside the penalty box by Jason Kennedy goes wide right of the target.

3:30

Inswinging corner taken by Andy Haworth from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Clive Platt.

2:58

Andy Haworth takes a shot. Blocked by Ben Tozer.

1:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Terry Gornell by Clarke Carlisle. Andrew Tutte takes the free kick.

1:15

Effort on goal by Kevin McIntyre from long range goes harmlessly over the target.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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