League Two

February 9, 2013

Full-time

Northampton Town

3 - 1

Rochdale

League Two

15:00 +00:00, February 9, 2013

Sixfields Stadium, England

Referee: james linington

Collins set for Cobblers bow

Team Stat Comparison

Northampton Town Rochdale
Matches Played 46 46
Table Position 6 12
Points 73 61
Goal Difference 9 -2
Goals for * 1.8 1.5
Goals against * 0.7 1.9
Last 5 L-W-W-W-D W-L-D-W-W
Last 5 home W-W-L-W-W W-D-W-D-D
Last 5 away L-W-D-D-L L-W-W-L-D
*  Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club
Stats: Northampton Town | Rochdale

Competition Stats

Northampton Town Rochdale
Goals Adebayo Akinfenwa 16 Robert Grant 15
Assists Chris Hackett 14 Jason Kennedy 9
Yellows Joe Widdowson 12 Robert Grant 7
Reds Clarke Carlisle 1 Robert Grant 2
Squads: Northampton Town | Rochdale

Next Matches

Northampton Town Rochdale
4/18 A: Wycombe Wanderers 4/18 H: Southend United
4/21 H: Portsmouth 4/21 A: Bristol Rovers
4/26 A: Dagenham & Redbridge 4/26 H: Cheltenham Town
5/3 H: Oxford United 5/3 A: Newport County

Northampton could hand a debut to Lee Collins when Rochdale visit Sixfields.

The versatile defender, who counts Wolves and Barnsley among his former clubs, had been training with the club this week and signed a contract until the end of the season on Friday.

The Cobblers could also have John Johnson back in action. The full-back, who has been an unused substitute recently after several weeks out with a knee injury, played 90 minutes in a behind-closed-doors practice match this week.

Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd told the media: "John is fit but he's still got some work to do behind the scenes.

"We want to get as many games in for him as we can but he might even be able to build up his match fitness by playing in the first team.

"I wouldn't say that we've missed him because Ben Tozer has been absolutely outstanding, but having Jonno back gives me different options.''

Recent signing Roy O'Donovan made his debut as a half-time substitute during the 3-1 defeat at Rotherham last Saturday and the striker could be in line to make his home bow.

O'Donovan, like Johnson, played in the behind-closed-doors game at Stoke on Tuesday afternoon to build up his fitness.

Rochdale will be without Bobby Grant as the forward begins a four-match ban.

Grant scored a superb equaliser in Dale's 1-1 draw with Chesterfield last weekend, only to collect his second red card of the season in the closing stages for a late lunge on Sam Togwell.

Terry Gornell may be an option for boss Keith Hill in Grant's absence, but the former Shrewsbury man must recover from a dead-leg he sustained in the goalless draw at Cheltenham a fortnight ago and ruled him out of contention to face the Spireites.

Defender Peter Cavanagh was also absent last week due to a calf strain and will be assessed before the trip to Sixfields.

It is five games since Rochdale tasted victory, with Hill having stopped the rot of three consecutive defeats thanks to back-to-back draws since returning to Spotland as John Coleman's successor.