February 9, 2013
Cobblers battle past Dale
Northampton climbed back into the play-off places with a hard fought 3-1 victory over Rochdale.
Rochdale started well with Andrew Tutte forcing Lee Nicholls into a decent save.
But the Cobblers broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute when Clive Platt headed home a cross from Chris Hackett.
Boosted by the goal, Northampton took control of the half and Ben Harding shot just wide following good work from the impressive Hackett and Platt.
New signing Roy O'Donovan was denied by keeper Josh Lillis after the restart but Rochdale again started the half well. It took a brilliant save from Nicholls to deny George Donnelly and substitute Ashley Grimes went close moments later.
Lillis twice denied Hackett in quick succession but Kennedy deservedly equalised in the 64th minute when he turned to beat Nicholls after good work from Kevin McIntyre.
Kelvin Langmead restored Northampton's advantage two minutes later when Harding's corner was not fully dealt with by Lillis and the central defender turned the ball in for his sixth goal of the season.
Top scorer Adebayo Akinfenwa increased Northampton's lead from a 75th minute penalty after Hackett was tripped in the box and O'Donovan saw a late effort come back off the upright.
|21 Lee Nicholls||1 Josh Lillis|
|30 Clarke Carlisle||5 Shane Cansdell-Sherriff|
|5 Kelvin Langmead||12 Phil Edwards|
|12 Ben Tozer||3 Rhys Bennett|
|3 Joe Widdowson||2 Joe Rafferty|
|4 Luke Guttridge||14 Kevin McIntyre|
|11 Chris Hackett||7 Jason Kennedy|
|8 Ben Harding||23 Andrew Haworth|
|9 Clive Platt||8 Andrew Tutte|
|10 Adebayo Akinfenwa||9 George Donnelly|
|28 Roy O'Donovan||27 Terry Gornell|
|13 Dean Snedker||Steven Collis 13|
|6 Lee Collins||Peter Cavanagh 4|
|2 John Johnson||Matthew Pearson 19|
|7 Ishmel Demontagnac||Brian Barry-Murphy 6|
|23 Emmanuel Oyeleke||Ashley Grimes 11|
|22 Lewis Hornby||Dele Adebola 15|
|17 Jake Robinson||Joel Logan 26|
|Lee Collins for Adebayo Akinfenwa (77)||Ashley Grimes for Andrew Tutte (46)|
|Jake Robinson for Joe Widdowson (80)||Peter Cavanagh for Joe Rafferty (62)|
|Lewis Hornby for Luke Guttridge (83)||Joel Logan for Terry Gornell (83)|
|Kevin McIntyre (75)|
|· Squads: Northampton Town | Rochdale|