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Northampton Town 0-3 Rochdale

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:

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Post-match: Northampton boss Wilder

"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:

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Post-match: Rochdale manager Hill

"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."

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2McSweeneyBooked at 66mins
  • 29RobertsonSubstituted forToneyat 78'minutes
  • 34RavenhillBooked at 48mins
  • 23DiamondSubstituted forDickensonat 45'minutes
  • 27Kouo-Doumbe
  • 11Hackett
  • 4Carter
  • 18ConnellSubstituted forC. López at 61'minutes
  • 7Sinclair
  • 8Morris

Substitutes

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

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 16Done
  • 4Cavanagh
  • 5Eastham
  • 22O'Connell
  • 40Henderson
  • 12LundBooked at 55mins
  • 39BunneySubstituted forDonnellyat 77'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 24Allen
  • 7Vincenti

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 8Kennedy
  • 9Donnelly
  • 15Porter
  • 17Tanser
  • 21Thomson
  • 29Cummins
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
3,695

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Rochdale 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Rochdale 3.
Attempt saved. Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.
Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Ian Morris.
Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ian Morris (Northampton Town).
Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town).
Jack O'Connell (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Cristian (Northampton Town).
Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.
Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).
Attempt blocked. Cristian (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

George Donnelly (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Ivan Toney replaces Gregor Robertson.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. George Donnelly replaces Joe Bunney.
Attempt missed. Darren Carter (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Joe Bunney (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town).
Foul by Chris Hackett (Northampton Town).
Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Cristian (Northampton Town).
Jamie Allen (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Leon McSweeney (Northampton Town).
Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Cristian replaces Alan Connell.
Darren Carter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

Dismissal

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

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.
Foul by Ian Morris (Northampton Town).
Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).
Matthew Lund (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Rochdale37207102067
2Chesterfield38181282566
3Scunthorpe37161742165
4Fleetwood37187121261
5Burton3716138561
6Oxford Utd37141491156
7Plymouth3715913154
8Southend37131311852
9York37131311652
10Hartlepool37131014449
11Cheltenham37111511-548
12Morecambe37121114-1147
13Dag & Red36111312-146
14Newport35111212-345
15Accrington37111115-344
16Wimbledon37111115-644
17Mansfield37101314-1343
18Bury3691512-142
19Wycombe37101215-642
20Bristol Rovers36101214-642
21Portsmouth3791513-1342
22Exeter37101116-741
23Northampton3791117-1838
24Torquay379919-2036
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