SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Tuesday November 24th, 7.00pm
Crown Oil Arena
Stephen Humphrys 85
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
Harry Smith 19
Rochdale: Jay Lynch, Tolaji Bola (sub Ryan McLaughlin 46), Eoghan O'Connell, Aaron Morley (sub Kwadwo Baah 71), Stephen Humphrys, Alex Newby, Jake Beesley, Jimmy Keohane, Ollie Rathbone, Haydon Roberts, Matty Lund
Subs not used: Ben Chalton, Jim McNulty, Stephen Dooley, Matt Done, Jimmy Ryan
Cobblers: Jonathan Mitchell, Michael Harriman, Fraser Horsfall, Cian Bolger, Alan Sheehan, Shaun McWilliams (sub Chris Lines 68), Jack Sowerby, Sam Hoskins, Mark Marshall, Ricky Holmes (sub Christopher Missilou 67), Harry Smith
Subs not used: Steve Arnold, Caleb Chukwuemeka, Danny Rose, Nicky Adams, Benny Ashley-Seal
Referee: Andy Haines
Cobblers: Jack Sowerby (79, 3rd of the season)
5 cautions on or before 19 games; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 37 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.
Michael Harriman replaced Caleb Chukwuemeka in the only change to the Northampton Town side for the midweek trip to Rochdale.
Alex Newby had an early shot blocked in a bright start from the home side but it was the Cobblers who nearly made the breakthrough when Sam Hoskins played in Harry Smith, Jimmy Keohane with a vital header away to intercept the danger.
Harry Smith wasn’t to be denied for long though and he soon put the Cobblers in front, powerfully heading home from a Mark Marshall corner.
Keohane fired over, Newby saw a dipping free-kick comfortably saved by Jonathan Mitchel and Stephen Humphrys flashed a shot wide from distance as Rochdale responded to falling behind. Alan Sheehan arrowed a shot just over from a Ricky Holmes free-kick before Mitchell saved from Humphrys in the final action of the first half.
Ollie Rathbone had a shot deflected just wide as Rochdale pressed for an equaliser in the second half with Keith Curle then making a double substitution, Christopher Missilou and Chris Lines on for Ricky Holmes and Shaun McWilliams.
The Cobblers were defending well but Rochdale were back on level terms five minutes from time, Stephen Humphrys curling in a free-kick from just outside the area.
Mitchell made a good save to deny Rathbone and the lively Dale substitute Kwadwo Baah saw a shot deflected narrowly wide as the home side pushed for a late winner but it was the Cobblers who nearly snatched all three points in stoppage time, Harry Smith’s header cleared off the goal line. In the end though the points were shared with the game ending 1-1.
ROCHDALE MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (5) 11
CORNERS: (2) 7
FOULS: (5) 14
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (5) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 1
CORNERS: (3) 4
FOULS: (7) 15
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0