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Northampton   3 - 1   Rotherham

Highlights - Northampton 3-1 Rotherham

Northampton 3-1 Rotherham

Strikes from Ryan Gilligan and Courtney Herbert as well as an own goal from Ian Sharps earned Northampton victory.

Gilligan gave Northampton an early lead when he fired into the net through a group of players from outside the box.

Their lead was extended when Herbert found the net from the edge of the area via the underside of the crossbar.

Sharps then headed Luke Guttridge's fierce drive into his own net before Adam Le Fondre grabbed a late consolation from the penalty spot.


Northampton Town caretaker manager Ian Sampson told BBC Radio Northampton:

"It's a relief for everyone. Fans, players, caretaker managers, chairmen. Thoroughly deserved, I thought.

"It was a gamble [starting with Courtney Herbert] but I said before I took over, what's the point of keeping the same side as Stuart [Gray]? I was determined to make changes, and it worked tonight, so it's paid off.

"It was important that we started brightly, because we need the fans on our side. I was pleased for them."

Rotherham manager Ronnie Moore told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"When you consider how well we've played this season to concede the goals we did was disappointing.

"Defensively, we've been a bit all over the place.

"But you could see the passing and movement was there - the difference was in the two boxes."


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Tuesday, 29 September 2009

League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Northampton 3-1 Rotherham FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Gilligan 10
  • Herbert 46
  • Sharps (og) 58
  • Le Fondre (pen) 79

Northampton

  • 01 Dunn
  • 03 Johnson yellow card
  • 05 Hinton
  • 06 Beckwith (McCready 75)
  • 19 Curtis
  • 04 Guttridge yellow card
  • 11 Holt yellow card
  • 12 Gilligan
  • 07 Marshall
  • 09 Guinan (Akinfenwa 82)
  • 22 Herbert (Mckay 51)

Substitutes

  • 26 Brown,
  • 20 McCready,
  • 08 Osman,
  • 15 Dyer,
  • 10 Akinfenwa,
  • 17 Mckay,
  • 24 Harris

Rotherham

  • 01 Warrington
  • 03 Green
  • 05 Sharps
  • 06 Fenton
  • 25 Mills (Cummins 67)
  • 02 Tonge
  • 04 Harrison
  • 10 Law
  • 15 Ellison
  • 09 Pope (Taylor 43 yellow card)
  • 39 Le Fondre

Substitutes

  • 30 Annerson,
  • 12 Joseph,
  • 14 Lynch,
  • 07 Cummins,
  • 16 Warne,
  • 29 Liddell,
  • 20 Taylor
Ref: LangfordAtt: 4,017
NORTHAMPTON
ROTHERHAM

Possession

  • Northampton 51%
  • Rotherham 49%

Attempts on target

  • Northampton 2
  • Rotherham 4

Attempts off target

  • Northampton 1
  • Rotherham 3

Corners

  • Northampton 0
  • Rotherham 6

Fouls

  • Northampton 15
  • Rotherham 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:12 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+1:35 Shot by Ryan Taylor. Blocked by Craig Hinton.
  • 90:00+1:28 The ball is crossed by Kevin Ellison.
  • 90:00+0:26 Foul by Nicky Law on Luke Guttridge, free kick awarded. Chris Dunn takes the indirect free kick.
  • 90:00+0:18 Jamie Green delivers the ball, Chris McCready makes a clearance.
  • 86:36 The offside flag is raised against Billy Mckay. Nick Fenton takes the indirect free kick.
  • 85:12 Danny Harrison challenges Adebayo Akinfenwa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Dunn restarts play with the free kick.
  • 84:13 Kevin Ellison delivers the ball, clearance by Chris McCready.
  • 83:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Gilligan by Adam Le Fondre. Chris Dunn takes the indirect free kick.
  • 82:17 The ball is swung over by Ben Marshall, clearance by Nick Fenton.
  • 81:20 Substitution Steve Guinan leaves the field to be replaced by Adebayo Akinfenwa.
  • 80:14 Chris Dunn restarts play with the free kick.
  • 80:14 Booking Ryan Taylor is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 79:50 Ryan Taylor challenges Craig Hinton unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 79:24 Steve Guinan is adjudged to have handled the ball. Andy Warrington takes the free kick.
  • 78:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Taylor on Craig Hinton. Free kick taken by Chris Dunn.
  • 78:22 Unfair challenge on Jamie Green by Billy Mckay results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Nick Fenton.
  • 78:04 GOAL - Adam Le FondreNorthampton 3 - 1 Rotherham Penalty taken right-footed by Adam Le Fondre and scored. Northampton 3-1 Rotherham.
  • 77:35 Booking The referee shows Luke Guttridge a yellow card.
  • 77:07 Booking The referee cautions Andrew Holt for unsporting behaviour.
  • 76:21 Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Le Fondre by Andrew Holt.
  • 75:15 Foul by Dale Tonge on Andrew Holt, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Dunn.
  • 74:44 Billy Mckay gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dale Tonge. Indirect free kick taken by Dale Tonge.
  • 73:57 Andrew Holt takes the free kick.
  • 73:57 Substitution (Northampton) makes a substitution, with Chris McCready coming on for Dean Beckwith.
  • 73:57 Foul by Ryan Taylor on Andrew Holt, free kick awarded.
  • 72:43 Nicky Law takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Andrew Holt.
  • 72:36 The ball is swung over by Nicky Law, Dean Beckwith manages to make a clearance.
  • 71:50 Unfair challenge on Ian Sharps by Billy Mckay results in a free kick. Dale Tonge restarts play with the free kick.
  • 70:01 The official flags Adam Le Fondre offside. Free kick taken by Chris Dunn.
  • 69:16 Corner taken right-footed by Nicky Law, Ian Sharps produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 68:29 Foul by Ryan Gilligan on Nicky Law, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Nicky Law, John Curtis manages to make a clearance.
  • 66:09 Substitution Pablo Mills leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Cummins.
  • 65:31 Corner taken right-footed by Nicky Law, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Gilligan by Nick Fenton. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Dunn.
  • 65:10 Adam Le Fondre takes a shot. Chris Dunn makes a save.
  • 63:48 Shot from 12 yards by Nicky Law. Save by Chris Dunn.
  • 62:14 Foul by Billy Mckay on Ian Sharps, free kick awarded. Andy Warrington takes the indirect free kick.
  • 59:30 Shot from just outside the box by Ben Marshall misses to the left of the target.
  • 57:51 GOAL - Ian SharpsNorthampton 3 - 0 Rotherham An own goal is conceded by Ian Sharps. Northampton 3-0 Rotherham.
  • 52:32 Foul by Luke Guttridge on Nicky Law, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Nicky Law, Chris Dunn makes a clearance.
  • 52:22 Kevin Ellison delivers the ball, clearance by Luke Guttridge.
  • 51:23 John Johnson crosses the ball, Ian Sharps makes a clearance.
  • 50:45 Substitution Billy Mckay joins the action as a substitute, replacing Courtney Herbert.
  • 49:06 Dale Tonge fouled by Ryan Gilligan, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Warrington takes the free kick.
  • 47:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Ellison by John Johnson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Nicky Law from left wing, Foul by Ian Sharps on Craig Hinton, free kick awarded. Chris Dunn takes the indirect free kick.
  • 45:41 GOAL - Courtney HerbertNorthampton 2 - 0 Rotherham Courtney Herbert grabs a goal from the edge of the area high into the middle of the goal. Northampton 2-0 Rotherham.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:16 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+2:27 Ryan Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Beckwith. Chris Dunn takes the free kick.
  • 45:00+0:49 Nicky Law crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Luke Guttridge makes a clearance.
  • 45:00+0:49 Booking Booking for John Johnson.
  • 45:00+0:40 Kevin Ellison fouled by John Johnson, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 42:37 Substitution Ryan Taylor is brought on as a substitute for Tom Pope.
  • 38:24 The ball is swung over by Andrew Holt, Kevin Ellison manages to make a clearance.
  • 37:02 Shot by Tom Pope. Save by Chris Dunn.
  • 36:34 Inswinging corner taken by Nicky Law from the left by-line.
  • 33:47 Craig Hinton concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Le Fondre. Nick Fenton restarts play with the free kick.
  • 32:42 The official flags Steve Guinan offside. Ian Sharps takes the indirect free kick.
  • 30:23 The assistant referee flags for offside against Courtney Herbert. Free kick taken by Andy Warrington.
  • 29:21 Unfair challenge on Luke Guttridge by Nicky Law results in a free kick. Luke Guttridge takes the free kick.
  • 22:27 The official flags Courtney Herbert offside. Andy Warrington takes the free kick.
  • 21:50 Foul by Tom Pope on Craig Hinton, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Dunn.
  • 20:48 Foul by Nicky Law on Andrew Holt, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Dunn.
  • 19:34 The assistant referee signals for offside against Steve Guinan. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Warrington.
  • 18:18 Corner taken by Nicky Law from the right by-line.
  • 18:11 The ball is delivered by Nicky Law, Dean Beckwith makes a clearance.
  • 15:19 Unfair challenge on Danny Harrison by Ryan Gilligan results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Nick Fenton.
  • 14:02 Shot by Nick Fenton. Blocked by Ryan Gilligan.
  • 13:39 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Nicky Law from the left by-line.
  • 13:05 Ben Marshall is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Nick Fenton takes the free kick.
  • 12:10 Foul by Steve Guinan on Dale Tonge, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Dale Tonge.
  • 11:23 The official flags Courtney Herbert offside. Indirect free kick taken by Nick Fenton.
  • 10:47 Foul by Courtney Herbert on Jamie Green, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Andy Warrington.
  • 9:34 GOAL - Ryan GilliganNorthampton 1 - 0 Rotherham Ryan Gilligan fires in a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Northampton 1-0 Rotherham.
  • 9:06 Ben Marshall sends in a cross, clearance by Ian Sharps.
  • 5:33 Centre by Dale Tonge, Headed effort from inside the area by Kevin Ellison misses to the right of the goal.
  • 4:07 The ball is swung over by Jamie Green, clearance made by Luke Guttridge.
  • 2:30 Luke Guttridge fouled by Pablo Mills, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Dean Beckwith.
  • 0:56 Ian Sharps fouled by Dean Beckwith, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Warrington.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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League Two results

29 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Barnet 2-0 Dag & Red R
Burton Albion 1-1 Macclesfield R
Cheltenham 1-2 Shrewsbury R
Crewe 2-3 Bury R
Darlington 0-2 Rochdale R
Hereford 2-1 Bournemouth R
Lincoln City 0-3 Notts County R
Morecambe 0-0 Bradford R
Northampton 3-1 Rotherham R
Port Vale 2-2 Accrington Stanley R
Torquay 1-1 Aldershot R

League Two table snapshot

As it stood on 29 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bournemouth 10 9 24
2 Rochdale 10 9 20
3 Dag & Red 10 8 20
4 Rotherham 10 7 20
5 Shrewsbury 10 6 20
6 Notts County 10 17 19
7 Aldershot 10 7 18
8 Barnet 10 4 18
9 Bradford 10 0 16
10 Bury 10 -3 15
11 Cheltenham 10 -2 13
12 Accrington Stanley 10 -4 13
13 Burton Albion 10 0 12
14 Crewe 10 -1 12
15 Port Vale 10 0 11
16 Chesterfield 9 -3 11
17 Northampton 10 -4 10
18 Hereford 10 -4 10
19 Morecambe 10 -4 10
20 Macclesfield 10 -7 10
21 Grimsby 9 -7 10
22 Lincoln City 10 -9 9
23 Torquay 10 -6 7
24 Darlington 10 -13 2