SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Saturday September 30th, 3.00pm
AESSEAL New York Stadium
ROTHERHAM UNITED 1
Kieffer Moore 52
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Attendance: 8,073 (566 Cobblers fans)
Rotherham: Marek Rodak, Joe Mattock, Richard Wood, Lee Frecklington (sub Semi Ajayi 90), Darren Potter, Richie Towell (sub Will Vaulks 90), Michael Ihiekwe, Joe Newell, Ryan Williams, Kieffer Moore (sub Jonson Clarke-Harris 81), Shaun Cummings
Subs not used: Richard O’Donnell, Josh Emmanuel, Anthony Forde, Jerry Yates
Cobblers: Matt Ingram, Brendan Moloney, David Buchanan, Ash Taylor, Aaron Pierre, Regan Poole, Matt Grimes, Dean Bowditch, Alex Revell, George Smith (sub Billy Waters 59), Daniel Powell (sub Marc Richards 84)
Subs not used: David Cornell, Leon Barnett, Sam Foley, Yaser Kasim, Raheem Hanley
Referee: Mr Trevor Kettle
Rotherham: Darren Potter (82), Michael Ihiekwe (90)
Cobblers: Aaron Pierre (44, 3rd of the season)
5 cautions on or before 19 games; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 32 games; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
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.
Dean Bowditch and George Smith came into the Cobblers side for the trip to Rotherham, replacing Matt Crooks (knee) and Raheem Hanley. Sam Hoskins missed out with a minor ankle knock picked up in training.
The Cobblers started the game on the front foot, Smith going close with a fifth-minute volley that whistled just wide of the post.
Kieffer Moore had a good chance to put Rotherham in front on 11 minutes but after rounding Matt Ingram, Ash Taylor got back to make a superb block on the line. From the following corner, Moore was again denied by another fine interception, this time Aaron Pierre making the block.
The game was open and just moments later Daniel Powell fired wide after being played in by Bowditch. Ingram then tipped a shot from Millers centre-back Michael Ihiekwe onto the cross bar as both sides continued to create a host of chances with the game not even half an hour old.
Ihiekwe again went close to breaking the deadlock just before half-time and but for some covering defending from Brendan Moloney on the line Rotherham would have taken the lead.
Rotherham were in front on 52 minutes, Kieffer Moore poking the ball past Ingram after the Cobblers keeper had initially saved from Shaun Cummings.
Billy Waters replaced George Smith on the hour mark before Moore saw a shot deflected behind and Ingram made a good save at the feet of Ryan Williams.
Marek Rodak made a smart stop to deny Daniel Powell his first Cobblers goal on 71 minutes and Rodak at full-stretch also did well to tip over a shot from Waters. Bowditch saw a shot from distance deflected just wide as the Cobblers continued to press hard for an equaliser, Matt Grimes also having an effort blocked.
A header from MOore came back off the crossbar with the game becoming stretched, Ingram also saving from Millers substitute Jonson Clarke-Harris.
Brendan Moloney had a shot deflected wide as the frantic action continued into the closing stages. Will Vaulks put the ball wide when one-on-one with Ingram in stoppage time and despite the Cobblers best efforts Rotherham claimed the three points.
ROTHERHAM MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (7) 13
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 7
CORNERS: (8) 12
FOULS: (5) 14
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 4
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (5) 6
CORNERS: (1) 9
FOULS: (6) 9
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 3