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All the team news ahead of Northampton Town v Rochdale

2 February 2018

New signing Kevin van Veen is available to make his Northampton Town debut, while Joe Bunney is expected to be passed fit to face his former club Rochdale at Sixfields on Saturday after suffering a dead leg in the draw at Blackburn.

Aarons Pierre and Phillips (both thigh) remain sidelined for Saturday's game while Shaun McWilliams, who missed the game at Ewood Park through illness, is available for selection.

"Joe didn't train earlier in the week but we don't envisage any problems for the weekend," confirmed boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Another new signing, Everton loanee Boris Mathis, is also in contention for a place in the matchday squad on Saturday.

"Competition is healthy for everybody," said the Cobblers boss.

"Injuries and fatigue happen in football and you need to be able to freshen things up.

"We can only select five of the six loans we have decisions to make."

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Match Reports


Northampton Town 0 Rochdale 1 - the match report

3 February 2018

Saturday February 3rd, 3.00pm       


Calvin Andrew 53

Attendance: 5,475 (214 away supporters)

Cobblers: Richard O’Donnell, Shay Facey (sub Regan Poole 36), Joe Bunney, Ash Taylor, Jordan Turnbull, Hildeberto Pereira (sub Kevin van Veen 56), Matt Crooks, Matt Grimes, Sam Foley, John-Joe O’Toole (sub Gboly Ariyibi 71), Chris Long
Subs not used: David Cornell, Sam Hoskins, David Buchanan, Shaun McWilliams

Rochdale: Josh Lillis, Joe Rafferty, Jim McNulty, Calvin Andrew, Callum Camps (sub Stephen Humphrys 86), Scott Wiseman, Matt Done, Ryan Delaney, Andy Cannon, Mark Kitching, Ian Henderson
Subs not used: Harrison McGahey, Ollie Rathbone, Brendan Moore, Billy Knott, Sam Hart, Alex Dobre

Referee: John Busby

Cobblers: Chris Long (31, 1st of the season), Matt Crooks (73, 6th), Regan Poole (79, 2nd)
Rochdale: Callum Camps (67), Mark Kitching (90)

10 cautions on or before 37 games; 2 match suspension       
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension

Sent off:
Cobblers: none   
Rochdale: none

Sendings off: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off. 

Hildeberto Pereira made his first start for the Cobblers and Sam Foley came back into the side as boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink made two changes for the visit of Rochdale. Regan Poole and Sam Hoskins dropped to the bench where they were joined by new signing Kevin van Veen. With six loan players in the squad and rules permitting only five to be named in the matchday 18, Everton loanee Boris Mathis was the player to miss out. Joe Bunney faced his former club having made the move from Rochdale to Sixfields in January.

After a slow start to the game, Andy Cannon went close to opening the scoring for Rochdale when he tried to catch Richard O’Donnell off his line, the Cobblers keeper just getting back in time to make the save.

Jordan Turnbull headed narrowly wide from a Matt Grimes free-kick, Sam Foley saw a header deflected over the bar and Josh Lillis denied John-Joe O’Toole as the home side began to probe for an opener. The Cobblers were then forced into making a change when Shay Facey picked up an injury, Regan Poole coming on.

O’Donnell made a good save to tip over a shot from Cannon before Mark Kitching was denied at close range from the subsequent corner. Matt Grimes had the final attempt of the first half, the on-loan midfielder curling a free-kick just wide.

Rochdale took the lead on 53 minutes, Calvin Andrew on the end of Matt Done’s low cross to side-foot the ball home from close range. Kevin van Veen then came on to make his debut, replacing Hildeberto Pereira with over half an hour still to play.

Ian Henderson tested O’Donnell following a neat one-two, Joe Rafferty also seeing an effort saved.

Grimes went close with a free-kick from 25-yards that landed on the roof of the net before Gboly Ariyibi came on for John-Joe O’Toole in the Cobblers final change.

Josh Lillis could only parry a cross from Ariyibi as the clock ticked towards 90 but there was to be no late equaliser as the Cobblers four-match unbeaten run came to an end.


COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
CORNERS: (1) 2          
FOULS: (4) 11       

ROCHDALE MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)       
CORNERS: (6) 7
FOULS: (5) 13


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Ticket News


Tickets on sale on arrival on Saturday

2 February 2018

Northampton Town welcome Rochdale to Sixfields in Sky Bet League 1 on Saturday (3pm).

Tickets for the game will be on sale on arrival. Please visit the main ticket office if you are looking to purchase tickets.

If collecting pre-ordered match tickets, please visit the ticket point opposite the main entrance, if collecting season tickets please visit the main ticket office.

Please note that tickets for forthcoming games are still on sale, but for the hour before kick off the ticket office will be selling Rochdale match tickets only.

Remember, you can beat the queues by buying match tickets via and printing your tickets at home! 

As part of increased security measures, a 100% search policy will be in operation. Because of this, supporters are advised to arrive as early as possible. Turnstiles will be open from 1pm.

Three points isn't the only priority on Saturday, making sure everyone goes home safe is the most important result.

Northampton Town have been working closely with the police and the EFL to review security at Sixfields. Now we are asking you to do your bit.

Following the dreadful Manchester Arena bombing in May, stadium managers from clubs have been briefed by counter terrorism police.

It is vital that everyone - players, staff and supporters - remain vigilant and report any concerns to stewards or police.

Attacks might be rare, and the chance of you being caught up in one unlikely, but the message is #ActionCountersTerrorism.

Here's a quick reminder of what you can do to help keep yourself and others safe:
• Arrive early, allowing more time for security checks 
• Minimise what you carry, fewer bag searches will speed up entry to the ground 
• Be vigilant at all times and if you see anything suspicious, tell a steward right away 
• If you see anything that could pose an immediate threat to safety, call 999 
• In an emergency, listen to the Public Address instructions and follow them 
• If told to evacuate, do so immediately, do not wait around to film events on your mobile 
• Move right away from the stadium as quickly as possible for your safety and to allow clear access for any emergency vehicles 
• Once you are safe, follow Northamptonshire Police on Twitter for updates

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