League Two
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Northampton Town 0-0 Bristol Rovers

Chris Wilder

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:

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John Ward: Bristol Rovers manager on Northampton 0-0 draw

"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."

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2McSweeney
  • 29Robertson
  • 34Ravenhill
  • 23Diamond
  • 27Kouo-Doumbe
  • 11Hackett
  • 4CarterBooked at 81mins
  • 7SinclairSubstituted forMarquisat 65'minutes
  • 18Connell
  • 35DickensonSubstituted forMorrisat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Morris
  • 9Marquis
  • 12Tozer
  • 13Snedker
  • 17Deegan
  • 24Toney
  • 25German

Bristol Rovers

  • 1MildenhallBooked at 53mins
  • 2Smith
  • 14Brown
  • 24O Clarke
  • 6Parkes
  • 29McChrystal
  • 7ClarksonSubstituted forSantosat 78'minutes
  • 30Lockyer
  • 19BeardsleySubstituted forGillespieat 57'minutes
  • 32O'Toole
  • 39Mohamed

Substitutes

  • 4Woodards
  • 8Gillespie
  • 17Harrison
  • 18Harding
  • 20Gough
  • 25Clucas
  • 33Santos
Referee:
Mike Russell
Attendance:
5,058

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).

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

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

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

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Leon McSweeney.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Ian Morris replaces Brennan Dickenson.

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

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

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

Foul by Alan Connell (Northampton Town).

Booking

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

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alefe Santos replaces David Clarkson.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Foul by Stephen Gillespie (Bristol Rovers).

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

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

Foul by Stephen Gillespie (Bristol Rovers).

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

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. John Marquis replaces Emile Sinclair.

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

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

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Matt Duke.

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

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

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Darren Carter (Northampton Town).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chesterfield331710655302561
2Scunthorpe341515453341960
3Rochdale33186953361760
4Burton34151183834456
5Oxford Utd341413746311555
6Fleetwood33165124839953
7Southend341311104132950
8Plymouth33139113836248
9Hartlepool34129133938145
10York341013114038243
11Newport311110104140143
12Wimbledon34119143439-542
13Cheltenham331012113945-642
14Dag & Red331011123941-241
15Morecambe331010133647-1140
16Bury32912113838039
17Bristol Rovers33912123133-239
18Exeter34109153945-639
19Portsmouth33912123748-1139
20Mansfield34912133447-1339
21Wycombe33911133640-438
22Accrington33910143644-837
23Northampton3389162743-1633
24Torquay3379173151-2030
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