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Bristol Rovers 2-0 Northampton Town

Brandon Hanlon and Jack Baldwin netted second-half goals to give Bristol Rovers a League One win over 10-man Northampton.

Hanlon found the roof of the net with a 55th-minute penalty after being brought down by Cian Bolger and Baldwin made sure of the points by volleying in Cian Harries' 79th-minute cross.

Northampton had defender Joe Martin sent off on the hour when an arm into the face of Hanlon was considered worthy of a second yellow card.

Rovers could have won by more as the closing stages saw Josh Hare hit the bar and Cobblers goalkeeper Steve Arnold make fine saves from Sam Nicholson and Hanlon.

A scrappy first half ended without either side having created a clear chance. Harries had the ball in the net for Rovers following an eighth-minute corner, but was ruled offside.

Chris Missilou volleyed wide from 12 yards for Northampton, while Luke McCormick went close for the home side with a curling effort just wide.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

Formation 3-5-2

  • 32Jaakkola
  • 5Ehmer
  • 26Baldwin
  • 25Harries
  • 22Hare
  • 14McCormickSubstituted forHargreavesat 86'minutes
  • 4GrantBooked at 23mins
  • 8Westbrooke
  • 24Tutonda
  • 17DalySubstituted forNicholsonat 72'minutes
  • 9Hanlan

Substitutes

  • 1van Stappershoef
  • 3Leahy
  • 6Upson
  • 10Mitchell-Lawson
  • 11Nicholson
  • 15Kilgour
  • 20Hargreaves

Northampton

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Arnold
  • 15RacicBooked at 11mins
  • 5BolgerBooked at 90mins
  • 3MartinBooked at 60mins
  • 2HarrimanSubstituted forKorboaat 57'minutes
  • 8WatsonBooked at 82mins
  • 27MissilouSubstituted forSowerbyat 57'minutes
  • 23Mills
  • 7Hoskins
  • 9Smith
  • 20WarburtonSubstituted forAshley-Sealat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Sowerby
  • 10Adams
  • 11Korboa
  • 13Mitchell
  • 22Ashley-Seal
  • 29Rose
  • 45Marshall
Referee:
Sam Purkiss

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Northampton Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Northampton Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Josh Grant (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Zain Westbrooke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  6. Booking

    Cian Bolger (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Cian Bolger (Northampton Town).

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cameron Hargreaves (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Hare.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Max Ehmer (Bristol Rovers).

  11. Post update

    Ricky Korboa (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Nicholson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Hargreaves.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jack Sowerby.

  14. Post update

    Josh Hare (Bristol Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Zain Westbrooke with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Joseph Mills.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Brandon Hanlan (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Brandon Hanlan (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Hare.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Cameron Hargreaves replaces Luke McCormick.

  19. Post update

    Anssi Jaakkola (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Joseph Mills (Northampton Town).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City440093612
2Hull440060612
3Ipswich431071610
4Sunderland42204138
5Doncaster42118447
6Gillingham42116517
7Swindon42028806
8Peterborough42025506
9Accrington420267-16
10Wigan420256-16
11Portsmouth41215415
12Wimbledon41218805
13Plymouth41216605
14Charlton411235-24
15Bristol Rovers411247-34
16Northampton411247-34
17Rochdale411236-34
18Oxford Utd310245-13
19Shrewsbury403134-13
20Crewe310223-13
21Blackpool410346-23
22Fleetwood410346-23
23Burton4103711-43
24MK Dons402236-32
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