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Northampton Town 0-3 Rotherham United

Northampton dropped back into the League One relegation zone after suffering a heavy defeat at home to Rotherham.

Michael Smith's early goal had the Millers ahead at half-time before David Ball's strike on the hour-mark and Richie Towell's well-worked third capped off a fine performance from the Millers, who remain in the top four.

Rotherham were on top from the word go and took the lead after 18 minutes when the home side failed to deal with Will Vaulks' long free-kick and Smith was left unmarked to shoot into the bottom corner.

Only a superb save by Richard O'Donnell prevented Towell from adding a quick second before he also denied Ball.

Northampton had to wait until 55 minutes for their first shot when Hildeberto Pereira's low drive was held by Marek Rodak, but Rotherham were soon two to the good.

Ball found the net from 12 yards after the Cobblers defence had failed to clear and Rotherham's victory was completed by Towell, who finished off a fine move by placing Anthony Forde's pass into the corner.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Northampton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13O'Donnell
  • 2Moloney
  • 6Taylor
  • 37Turnbull
  • 39Bunney
  • 21O'TooleSubstituted forvan Veenat 70'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 29Grimes
  • 14HoskinsSubstituted forAriyibiat 59'minutes
  • 28Pereira
  • 11Powell
  • 42LuckassenSubstituted forMathisat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cornell
  • 5Barnett
  • 9Mathis
  • 10van Veen
  • 17McWilliams
  • 24Facey
  • 45Ariyibi

Rotherham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Rodák
  • 2Emmanuel
  • 4Vaulks
  • 5AjayiBooked at 37mins
  • 3MattockBooked at 60minsSubstituted forIhiekweat 67'minutes
  • 11TaylorBooked at 14minsSubstituted forFordeat 66'minutes
  • 8Palmer
  • 17Towell
  • 23Williams
  • 10BallSubstituted forNewellat 84'minutes
  • 24Smith

Substitutes

  • 6Wood
  • 7Forde
  • 12Price
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 21Yates
  • 22Newell
  • 31Lavery
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
5,882

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Rotherham United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Rotherham United 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matt Grimes (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  4. Post update

    Gboly Ariyibi (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Richard Towell (Rotherham United).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Kevin van Veen (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

  9. Post update

    Gboly Ariyibi (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Joe Newell (Rotherham United).

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kevin van Veen (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Matthew Palmer.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Joe Newell replaces David Ball.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Powell (Northampton Town).

  15. Post update

    Joshua Emmanuel (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Northampton Town 0, Rotherham United 3. Richard Towell (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Anthony Forde.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Boris Mathis replaces Kevin Luckassen.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Hildeberto Pereira (Northampton Town).

  20. Post update

    David Ball (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Blackburn372210570353576
2Shrewsbury36228649272274
3Wigan34218563234071
4Rotherham372051263432065
5Scunthorpe381513105546958
6Plymouth37169124745257
7Peterborough3715111159471256
8Portsmouth37164174547-252
9Charlton361410124446-252
10Bristol Rovers37155175356-350
11Bradford35155154852-450
12Gillingham361213114240249
13Southend371211144355-1247
14Blackpool371113134448-446
15Oxford Utd36129155254-245
16Walsall371111154754-744
17Doncaster361013134344-143
18Wimbledon37119173748-1142
19Oldham361010165062-1240
20Fleetwood36109174657-1139
21Northampton37109183560-2539
22MK Dons37911173751-1438
23Rochdale34713143442-834
24Bury3779213155-2430
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