Rochdale went top of League Two after they cruised to victory at Northampton, despite playing with 10 men for much of the second half.

Former Cobblers midfielder Ian Henderson gave the visitors an early lead with a low drive from close range.

Matt Lund then doubled Dale's lead on 54 minutes, but was shown a second yellow card for his goal celebration.

The hosts could not find a response, going three down when Joe Bunney met Henderson's pass to fire home.

Northampton remain 23rd, but are now three points adrift of safety, while Rochdale take over on top by a point from Chesterfield.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

"We're big enough to stand up and say it wasn't good enough.

"Thankfully it's only three points lost, although, obviously, our goal difference has taken a battering.

"The players know that the managerial staff aren't happy and they shouldn't be happy on a personal level - both individually and collectively.

"People thought I was crazy coming here but I said we'd stay up when I arrived and I still believe that."

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We were ruthless. We could have scored more because we had other opportunities.

"I'm pleased with where we are and what we're doing - it's been a very good season so far and we've got nine games left.

"The league table doesn't lie but it's not really a concern.

"If we're in the same position with three games to go, we can start dreaming."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke
  • 02 McSweeney Booked
  • 29 Robertson (Toney - 78' )
  • 34 Ravenhill Booked
  • 23 Diamond (Dickenson - 45' )
  • 27 Kouo-Doumbe
  • 11 Hackett
  • 04 Carter
  • 18 Connell (C. López - 61' )
  • 07 Sinclair
  • 08 Morris

Substitutes

  • 10 C. López
  • 12 Tozer
  • 13 Snedker
  • 17 Deegan
  • 20 Moyo
  • 24 Toney
  • 35 Dickenson

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 02 Rafferty
  • 16 Done
  • 04 Cavanagh
  • 05 Eastham
  • 22 O'Connell
  • 40 Henderson
  • 12 Lund Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 39 Bunney (Donnelly - 77' Booked )
  • 24 Allen
  • 07 Vincenti

Substitutes

  • 03 Bennett
  • 08 Kennedy
  • 09 Donnelly
  • 15 Porter
  • 17 Tanser
  • 21 Thomson
  • 29 Cummins
Ref: Mark Heywood
Att: 3,695

Match Stats

Shots

7 8

On target

2 5

Corners

2 3

Fouls

16 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Rochdale 3.

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Rochdale 3.

90:00 +2:51

Attempt saved. Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

90:00 +0:25

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

87:58

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Ian Morris.

86:44

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:44

Foul by Ian Morris (Northampton Town).

86:02

Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

86:02

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town).

85:01

Jack O'Connell (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:01

Foul by Cristian (Northampton Town).

83:13

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

81:30

Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:30

Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

81:14

Attempt blocked. Cristian (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

80:33 Booking

Booking George Donnelly (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

77:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Ivan Toney replaces Gregor Robertson.

76:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. George Donnelly replaces Joe Bunney.

76:33

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

73:19

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

73:19

Foul by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town).

69:50

Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

69:50

Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

68:38

Foul by Cristian (Northampton Town).

68:38

Jamie Allen (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:21 Booking

Booking Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

65:15

Foul by Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town).

65:15

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 0, Rochdale 3. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

60:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Cristian replaces Alan Connell.

59:34

Darren Carter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:34

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

54:56 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Matthew Lund (Rochdale) for excessive celebration.

53:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 0, Rochdale 2. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Peter Vincenti.

50:00

Foul by Ian Morris (Northampton Town).

50:00

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:31 Booking

Booking Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

47:15

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

47:15

Matthew Lund (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:13

Foul by Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town).

46:13

Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:00

Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:57

Foul by Joe Bunney (Rochdale).

45:42

Attempt saved. Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Northampton Town 0, Rochdale 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Brennan Dickenson replaces Zander Diamond because of an injury.

45:00 +1:26 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Rochdale 1.

45:00 +1:05 Booking

Booking Matthew Lund (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +1:00

Alan Connell (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:58

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

44:47

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

43:56

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ashley Eastham.

39:15

Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).

39:15

Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

34:37

Attempt saved. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

33:10

Foul by Jamie Allen (Rochdale).

33:10

Darren Carter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:12

Attempt missed. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

31:00

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Joseph Rafferty.

30:50

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

29:51

Foul by Joe Bunney (Rochdale).

29:51

Darren Carter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:34

Hand ball by Zander Diamond (Northampton Town).

19:23

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:23

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

17:44

Foul by Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town).

17:44

Jamie Allen (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:39

Attempt missed. Alan Connell (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

13:00

Darren Carter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13:00

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

11:09

Attempt missed. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

9:31

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Darren Carter.

7:50

Attempt saved. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

6:36

Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:36

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

5:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Northampton Town 0, Rochdale 1. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Peter Vincenti.

4:10

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

4:10

Matthew Lund (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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