Northampton Town v Bristol Rovers
SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Saturday October 1st, 3.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Alex Revell 8, 76
BRISTOL ROVERS 3
Rory Gaffney 60
Peter Hartley 71
Charlie Colkett 90
Attendance: 6,642 (997 away fans)
Cobblers: Adam Smith, Brendan Moloney, David Buchanan, Zander Diamond, Gabriel Zakuani, Sam Hoskins (sub Jak McCourt 84), Matt Taylor, John-Joe O’Toole, Paul Anderson (sub Kenji Gorre 65), Harry Beautyman (sub Marc Richards 63), Alex Revell
Subs not used: David Cornell, JJ Hooper, Lewin Nyatanga, Emmanuel Sonupe
Bristol Rovers: Kelle Roos, Lee Brown, Tom Lockyer, Ollie Clarke (sub Byron Moore 55), Ellis Harrison (sub Matty Taylor 66), Peter Hartley, Chris Lines, Stuart Sinclair (sub Billy Bodin 55), Rory Gaffney, Connor Roberts, Charlie Colkett
Subs not used: Steve Mildenhall, James Clarke, Luke James, Jake Clarke-Salte
Referee: Mr G Horwood
Cobblers: Alex Revell (68, 4th of the season) Gabriel Zakuani (73, 2nd), John-Joe O'Toole (81, 6th)
Bristol Rovers: Peter Hartley (64)
5 cautions on or before 30 November; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 11 April; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Cobblers: Gabriel Zakuani (90, 2nd booking, one match suspension)
Bristol Rovers: 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.
The starting eleven was unchanged for the visit of Bristol Rovers while Jak McCourt returned on the bench after missing the midweek win at Swindon through concussion.
Alex Revell put the Cobblers in front on 8 minutes, running onto a long ball from Adam Smith before lobbing Kelle Roos in the Rovers goal. Just moments earlier a smart save from Smith had kept out an overhead kick from Ellis Harrison.
Ollie Clarke shot wide as Rovers looked to level while after a slight lull in the game Sam Hoskins made a good block to deny Connor Roberts.
The Cobblers went close to doubling their lead just before half-time but Sam Hoskins could only find the side netting from Brendan Moloney’s right-wing cross.
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (4) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 3
CORNERS: (1) 4
FOULS: (6) 16
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (3) 4
BRISTOL ROVERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 14
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (3) 9
CORNERS: (2) 7
FOULS: (7) 15
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 2
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta