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Rochdale   1 - 0   Northampton

Rochdale 1-0 Northampton

Rochdale 1-0 Northampton

Rochdale sealed promotion to League One thanks to Chris O'Grady's first-half winner against Northampton.

Liam Davis wasted an early chance for the visitors when he shot wide and Steve Guinan and Kevin Thornton also went close as Dale looked nervous.

But the hosts eased their anxiety when Chris Dagnall set up O'Grady who found the top corner of the goal.

O'Grady came close to a second when he had a shot saved and then headed the rebound against the bar.

But Rochdale had done enough to secure their first promotion since 1969 - ending concerns arising from a wobble which had seen them take only one point from their last four games.

And in the end they were good value for the win that sealed a place in League One next season.


Northampton Town manager Ian Sampson tells BBC Radio Northampton:

"On our first half display, we didn't really deserve a point.

"For the first time in three or four months we didn't seem to have the belief. I can't fault the players in the second half, they seemed to put Rochdale on the back foot.

"We had plenty of pressure and half chances but we didn't really hit the target."

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Saturday, 17 April 2010

League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rochdale 1-0 Northampton FT
(HT 1-0)Rochdale are promoted
  • O'Grady 23

    Rochdale

    • 34 Fielding
    • 02 Wiseman
    • 03 Kennedy
    • 04 Stanton yellow card (McArdle 72)
    • 26 Dawson
    • 08 Jones
    • 15 Thompson
    • 33 Taylor
    • 09 Dagnall
    • 18 Higginbotham (Toner 82)
    • 19 O'Grady

    Substitutes

    • 01 Arthur,
    • 23 McArdle,
    • 31 Holness,
    • 06 Toner,
    • 07 Kennedy,
    • 10 Haworth,
    • 14 Obadeyi

    Northampton

    • 26 Steele
    • 03 Johnson
    • 06 Beckwith yellow card
    • 23 Gilbert yellow card
    • 08 Osman
    • 11 Holt
    • 12 Gilligan
    • 14 Davis (Harris 79)
    • 30 Thornton (Herbert 64)
    • 09 Guinan
    • 17 Mckay (Dyer 87)

    Substitutes

    • 01 Dunn,
    • 02 Rodgers,
    • 19 Curtis,
    • 15 Dyer,
    • 21 Jacobs,
    • 22 Herbert,
    • 24 Harris
    Ref: HainesAtt: 5,025
    ROCHDALE
    NORTHAMPTON

    Possession

    • Rochdale 62%
    • Northampton 38%

    Attempts on target

    • Rochdale 5
    • Northampton 8

    Attempts off target

    • Rochdale 12
    • Northampton 8

    Corners

    • Rochdale 8
    • Northampton 4

    Fouls

    • Rochdale 13
    • Northampton 13
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:30 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+3:43 The referee gives a free kick against Chris Dagnall for handball. Jason Steele takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+2:08 Unfair challenge on Joe Thompson by Peter Gilbert results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Dawson.
    • 90:00+0:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Gilligan on Chris Dagnall. Thomas Kennedy takes the direct free kick.
    • 89:45 Abdul Osman concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Jones. Thomas Kennedy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 89:17 Effort from deep inside the area by Chris Dagnall misses to the right of the goal.
    • 87:33 Seb Harris challenges Rory McArdle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Frank Fielding restarts play with the free kick.
    • 86:01 Substitution Alex Dyer on for Billy Mckay.
    • 85:28 John Johnson fouled by Chris O'Grady, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Steele.
    • 83:29 Shot from just outside the area by Andrew Holt misses to the left of the target.
    • 82:49 Ciaran Toner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Courtney Herbert. Peter Gilbert delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Gary Jones manages to make a clearance.
    • 82:02 Steve Guinan concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Taylor. Frank Fielding takes the indirect free kick.
    • 81:23 Substitution (Rochdale) makes a substitution, with Ciaran Toner coming on for Kallum Higginbotham.
    • 80:48 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Thomas Kennedy from the left by-line, Craig Dawson has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
    • 78:08 Substitution Seb Harris joins the action as a substitute, replacing Liam Davis.
    • 78:08 The offside flag is raised against Chris Dagnall. Andrew Holt restarts play with the free kick.
    • 77:05 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Thomas Kennedy, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Holt by Kallum Higginbotham. Jason Steele takes the free kick.
    • 76:35 Joe Thompson takes a shot. Blocked by Peter Gilbert.
    • 76:26 Chris O'Grady takes a shot.
    • 76:13 Chris O'Grady takes a shot. Blocked by Jason Steele.
    • 74:41 Unfair challenge on Craig Dawson by Dean Beckwith results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Frank Fielding.
    • 73:33 Shot from just outside the box by Courtney Herbert goes over the crossbar.
    • 73:20 John Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Kennedy.
    • 72:28 Ryan Gilligan takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding.
    • 71:46 Corner from the right by-line taken by Liam Davis, clearance by Thomas Kennedy.
    • 71:11 Substitution Nathan Stanton goes off and Rory McArdle comes on.
    • 70:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Dagnall on Andrew Holt. Jason Steele takes the free kick.
    • 68:43 The ball is delivered by Peter Gilbert, Header by Steve Guinan from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
    • 68:43 Booking Booking for Nathan Stanton for unsporting behaviour.
    • 68:20 Nathan Stanton challenges Ryan Gilligan unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 66:18 Chris Dagnall is ruled offside. Jason Steele takes the indirect free kick.
    • 65:12 Gary Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Jason Steele.
    • 63:45 Nathan Stanton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Guinan. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Liam Davis, save by Frank Fielding.
    • 63:15 Substitution Courtney Herbert comes on in place of Kevin Thornton.
    • 61:50 Shot from just outside the area by Kallum Higginbotham goes over the bar.
    • 60:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Beckwith by Chris O'Grady. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
    • 59:06 Kevin Thornton fouled by Jason Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin Thornton.
    • 55:08 Chris O'Grady is ruled offside. Dean Beckwith crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Frank Fielding.
    • 54:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Taylor by Steve Guinan. Indirect free kick taken by Frank Fielding.
    • 53:33 Scott Wiseman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Davis. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.
    • 51:06 Ryan Gilligan has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 50:45 Kevin Thornton takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Chris O'Grady.
    • 50:17 The ball is swung over by Andrew Holt, Gary Jones manages to make a clearance.
    • 47:38 Nathan Stanton is penalised for a handball. Kevin Thornton crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 46:40 Steve Guinan has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:07 The match has reached half-time.
    • 45:00+2:51 Chris Dagnall takes a shot. Andrew Holt gets a block in.
    • 45:00+1:08 Kevin Thornton takes a shot. Blocked by Frank Fielding.
    • 45:00+0:23 Chris O'Grady has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
    • 44:13 Booking Booking for Peter Gilbert.
    • 43:48 Unfair challenge on Joe Thompson by Peter Gilbert results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Thomas Kennedy.
    • 43:28 Chris Dagnall takes a shot. Save made by Jason Steele.
    • 42:39 The official flags Joe Thompson offside. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
    • 40:56 Joe Thompson fouled by Peter Gilbert, the ref awards a free kick. Thomas Kennedy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 38:59 Chris Dagnall has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
    • 38:35 Kallum Higginbotham takes a short corner.
    • 38:24 Chris O'Grady takes a shot. Andrew Holt gets a block in.
    • 37:28 Inswinging corner taken by Thomas Kennedy from the right by-line played to the near post, Andrew Holt makes a clearance.
    • 36:56 Thomas Kennedy takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Andrew Holt makes a clearance.
    • 36:16 Foul by Abdul Osman on Chris O'Grady, free kick awarded. Thomas Kennedy delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
    • 33:56 The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Dagnall. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
    • 33:12 Chris Dagnall has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 31:58 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Thomas Kennedy from the right by-line, clearance made by Andrew Holt.
    • 27:58 Liam Davis produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.
    • 27:36 Corner taken by Kevin Thornton from the left by-line, clearance made by Nathan Stanton.
    • 26:54 Scott Wiseman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Billy Mckay. Kevin Thornton takes the direct free kick.
    • 25:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Gilligan on Thomas Kennedy. Thomas Kennedy takes the direct free kick.
    • 22:41 Assist on the goal came from Chris Dagnall.
    • 22:41 GOAL - Chris O'GradyRochdale 1 - 0 Northampton Chris O'Grady fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Rochdale 1-0 Northampton.
    • 22:10 Corner taken by Thomas Kennedy from the left by-line to the near post,
    • 20:17 Steve Guinan has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 18:18 Inswinging corner taken by Kevin Thornton from the right by-line, save by Frank Fielding.
    • 18:07 Abdul Osman takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Jones.
    • 12:58 Chris O'Grady challenges Abdul Osman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jason Steele takes the indirect free kick.
    • 11:29 Kevin Thornton takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding.
    • 11:03 Steve Guinan takes a shot. Scott Wiseman gets a block in.
    • 10:09 Craig Dawson concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Guinan. Andrew Holt takes the indirect free kick.
    • 9:46 Kallum Higginbotham takes a shot. Blocked by Dean Beckwith.
    • 8:53 Liam Davis has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
    • 7:35 Thomas Kennedy takes the free kick.
    • 7:35 Booking The referee shows Dean Beckwith a yellow card.
    • 7:12 Foul by Dean Beckwith on Chris Dagnall, free kick awarded.
    • 6:13 Jason Taylor challenges Abdul Osman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Steele.
    • 5:57 Kallum Higginbotham takes a shot.
    • 5:21 Chris Dagnall produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
    • 3:28 Ryan Gilligan takes a shot. Nathan Stanton gets a block in.
    • 1:44 Foul by John Johnson on Kallum Higginbotham, free kick awarded. Thomas Kennedy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:26 Corner taken left-footed by Thomas Kennedy to the near post, Ryan Gilligan manages to make a clearance.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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    League Two table snapshot

    As it stood on 17 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Notts County 41 55 83
    2 Rochdale 42 38 82
    3 Bournemouth 43 12 77
    4 Rotherham 43 5 69
    5 Bury 43 -1 68
    6 Aldershot 43 11 66
    7 Dag & Red 43 9 66
    8 Chesterfield 43 0 66
    9 Port Vale 43 14 64
    10 Morecambe 43 6 64
    11 Northampton 43 9 63
    12 Shrewsbury 43 4 62
    13 Burton Albion 43 -2 56
    14 Bradford 43 -6 55
    15 Accrington 42 -11 54
    16 Macclesfield 43 -6 53
    17 Hereford 43 -14 53
    18 Crewe 43 -8 51
    19 Torquay 43 5 50
    20 Cheltenham 42 -11 46
    21 Lincoln City 43 -22 46
    22 Barnet 42 -13 45
    23 Grimsby 43 -27 38
    24 Darlington 41 -47 26

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