Northampton Town shared the points with Bristol Rovers in a tense game against their fellow League Two strugglers.

Northampton, who had won three of their last four games, looked the likelier scorers in a quiet first half, with the pace of Emile Sinclair the main threat.

But clear chances remained rare, although both goalkeepers were forced into good saves in the closing stages.

The Cobblers are four points off safety, while the visitors are six points clear of the relegation zone.

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

"I think the players have given me, the staff, the club and most importantly the supporters everything in the last three games.

"We could have won it, we could also have lost it. Matt Duke has made an unbelievable save and on the basis of the game maybe the draw is a fair result.

"On current form we're one of the top sides in the division, we can be pleased with our performance this afternoon and it has been an encouraging week."

Bristol Rovers boss John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"In the second half it opened up a little bit so the second period was [like it was] because we were both trying to win it.

"That's key to what happened the first half, it seemed like we both were trying not to concede the first goal which was a bit dull.

"We tried to lift the teams at half-time and I think both teams did that, lifted it up. If we would have been chatting about a 2-2 draw we would have been quite excited about the game.

"But it was 0-0 and people think that's not a lot but it's been a big week we've just played three form teams in our week and two of them away from home so I've got to be satisfied with an unbeaten haul and a few more points on the total."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke
  • 02 McSweeney
  • 29 Robertson
  • 34 Ravenhill
  • 23 Diamond
  • 27 Kouo-Doumbe
  • 11 Hackett
  • 04 Carter Booked
  • 07 Sinclair (Marquis - 65' )
  • 18 Connell
  • 35 Dickenson (Morris - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Morris
  • 09 Marquis
  • 12 Tozer
  • 13 Snedker
  • 17 Deegan
  • 24 Toney
  • 25 German

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Mildenhall Booked
  • 02 Smith
  • 14 Brown
  • 24 Clarke
  • 06 Parkes
  • 29 McChrystal
  • 07 Clarkson (Santos - 78' )
  • 30 Lockyer
  • 19 Beardsley (Gillespie - 57' )
  • 32 O'Toole
  • 39 Mohamed

Substitutes

  • 04 Woodards
  • 08 Gillespie
  • 17 Harrison
  • 18 Harding
  • 20 Gough
  • 25 Clucas
  • 33 Santos
Ref: Mike Russell
Att: 5,058

Match Stats

Shots

9 14

On target

5 5

Corners

5 7

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

90:00 +2:59 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

90:00 +2:02

Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90:00 +1:14

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

90:00 +1:14

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:33

Attempt saved. John Marquis (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

88:34

Attempt missed. Stephen Gillespie (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

87:14

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Leon McSweeney.

86:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Ian Morris replaces Brennan Dickenson.

86:17

Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:17

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

84:00

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:58

Foul by Alan Connell (Northampton Town).

80:51 Booking

Booking Darren Carter (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

80:45

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

80:45

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alefe Santos replaces David Clarkson.

76:31

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

76:15

Attempt saved. John Marquis (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

75:56

Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

74:17

Attempt blocked. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

73:35

Attempt missed. Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

71:38

Attempt missed. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

71:09

Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:09

Foul by Stephen Gillespie (Bristol Rovers).

70:48

Attempt saved. John Marquis (Northampton Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

70:00

Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:58

Foul by Stephen Gillespie (Bristol Rovers).

68:08

Attempt saved. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

66:55

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town).

66:55

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. John Marquis replaces Emile Sinclair.

62:59

Attempt blocked. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

62:41

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

62:09

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Matt Duke.

61:55

Attempt saved. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

58:50

Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:50

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

57:19

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

57:19

Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Stephen Gillespie replaces Chris Beardsley.

54:37

Attempt missed. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

53:21

Attempt missed. Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

52:17 Booking

Booking Steve Mildenhall (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

52:05

Foul by Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town).

52:05

(Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:11

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Lee Brown.

46:45

Attempt saved. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

45:50

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town).

45:50

Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Northampton Town 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

45:00 +1:15 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

45:00 +0:52

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

45:00 +0:52

John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:30

Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

44:23

Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:23

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers).

42:29

Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:29

Foul by Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers).

40:47

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Lee Brown.

40:09

Attempt missed. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left.

39:08

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Darren Carter.

38:49

Attempt blocked. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

31:30

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Lee Brown.

30:42

Attempt blocked. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

28:06

Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:06

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

27:46

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town).

27:46

Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

23:55

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

23:55

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

20:09

Attempt missed. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) header from the right side of the box misses to the left.

19:33

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Richard Ravenhill.

19:05

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Matt Duke.

18:37

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.

18:01

Foul by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town).

18:01

Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:23

Attempt saved. Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

13:34

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

13:34

Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

12:50

Foul by Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town).

12:50

Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:25

Attempt saved. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

10:11

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by John-Joe O'Toole.

9:40

Attempt saved. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

8:16

Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

8:16

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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