Rochdale 3 Northampton Town 2 - the match report
SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Tuesday October 22nd, 7.45pm
Ian Henderson 25
Michael Rose 87
George Donnelly 90
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Luke Norris 1
Stuart Dallas 38
Attendance: 2,362 (Town fans not confirmed)
Rochdale: Josh Lillis, Joe Rafferty, Oliver Lancashire, Peter Vincenti, Matthew Lund (sub Andrew Tutte 43), Bastien Hery (sub Jamie Allen 67), Jack O'Connell, Michael Rose, Graham Cummins (sub George Donnelly 52), Gary Dicker, Ian Henderson.
Subs not used: Rhys Bennett, Ashley Eastham, Robbie Thomson, Joe Bunney.
Cobblers: Matt Duke, Kevin Amankwaah (sub Lee Collins 14), Joe Widdowson, Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, Paul Reid, Chris Hackett, Stuart Dallas, Gary Deegan, Darren Carter, Ian Morris, Luke Norris (sub Ivan Toney 74)
Subs not used: Ben McNamara, Ben Tozer, Danny Emerton, Ishmel Demontagnac, Matty Harriott
Referee: Mr M Naylor
5 cautions on or before 31 December; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 11 April; 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.
Joe Widdowson, playing against his former club, replaced Lee Collins at left-back in the only change to the side that drew with Dagenham.
The Cobblers took the lead with just 26 seconds played, Luke Norris with a terrific strike from distance to beat Josh Lillis.
Aidy Boothroyd was forced into making a change on 14 minutes after Kevin Amankwaah picked up an injury, Lee Collins coming on at right-back.
Rochdale equalised on 26 minutes, ex-Cobblers striker Ian Henderson scoring from an acute angle after the Town defence struggled to clear the initial cross from Michael Rose.
Stuart Dallas put the Cobblers back in front on 39 minutes, the on-loan Brentford winger capitalising on some good work from Darren Carter on the counter-attack before cutting inside and unleashing a terrific low shot into the corner of the Dale net.
Andrew Tutte saw a shot palmed over by Matt Duke at the start of the second half as Rochdale looked to wrestle back the initiative.
Ivan Toney replaced Luke Norris in the Cobblers second change before Stuart Dallas fired a shot just wide following a cross from Hackett.
With 81 minutes on the clock, Ian Henderson's goalbound effort was well blocked at close range by Mathias Doumbe.
Rochdale equalised for a second time on 87 minutes, Michael Rose with a curled free-kick.
The home side then won it in stoppage time, Duke just failing to keep out George Donnelly's strike.
ROCHDALE MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (6) 13
CORNERS: (1) 9
FOULS: (5) 6
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (5) 6
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 3
CORNERS: (3) 6
FOULS: (3) 6
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 4
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta.