SKY BET LEAGUE 1
Saturday January 27th, 3.00pm
BLACKBURN ROVERS 1
Danny Graham 74
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1
John-Joe O'Toole 11
Attendance: 12,555 (943 Cobblers fans)
Blackburn: David Raya, Ryan Nyambe, Derrick Williams, Richie Smallwood (sub Adam Armstrong 57), Dominic Samuel, Danny Graham, Charlie Mulgrew (sub Amari'i Bell 15), Bradley Dack, Paul Downing, Elliott Bennett, Craig Conway (sub Jack Payne 57)
Subs not used: Jayson Leutwiler, Paul Caddis, Lewis Travis, Joe Nuttall
Cobblers: Richard O’Donnell, Shay Facey, Joe Bunney (sub Gboly Ariyibi 83), Ash Taylor, Jordan Turnbull, Regan Poole, Matt Crooks (sub Sam Foley 72), Matt Grimes, Sam Hoskins (sub Daniel Powell 66), John-Joe O’Toole, Chris Long
Subs not used: David Cornell, Alex Revell, Brendan Moloney, Hildeberto Pereira
Referee: Mr Anthony Backhouse
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.
Regan Poole replaced Sam Foley in the only change to the Cobblers side for the trip to Ewood Park. Blackburn Rovers, second in Sky Bet League 1, went into the game on a 16-match unbeaten run.
After a quiet opening ten minutes the Cobblers took the lead, Joe Bunney, playing on the left wing, crossing for John-Joe O’Toole to score with a header. It was O’Toole’s fourth goal in four games with Chris Long also heavily involved in the build-up as the Cobblers broke quickly from a Rovers corner.
The Cobblers were doing a good containing job on Rovers but it needed an important block from Ash Taylor to deny Craig Conway, who also went close with a strike from the edge of the area.
Taylor was in the right place at the right time again on 54 minutes to block a shot from Bradley Dack, the home side beginning to up the tempo. Rovers boss Tony Mowbray brought on Jack Payne and Adam Armstrong before a chance for the Cobblers, Regan Poole with a volley over the bar having been set up by O’Toole.
Daniel Powell came on for Sam Hoskins in Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s first change of the afternoon with Sam Foley then replacing Matt Crooks.
Dack blazed over under pressure from Foley but Blackburn were back on level terms on 74 minutes, Danny Graham with a close range header.
The equaliser lifted Rovers and Graham flashed a header across the face of goal with Dack lurking at the back post. Richard O’Donnell then made a good save to prevent Dack putting Rovers in front before Hasselbaink played his final card, bringing on winger Gboly Ariyibi for Joe Bunney.
There were some nervy moments late on with six minutes plus of stoppage time played but the Cobblers defended valiantly to claim a point as the game ended 1-1, a repeat scoreline from when the two sides met at Sixfields just before Christmas.
BLACKBURN MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (3) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 6
CORNERS: (7) 10
FOULS: (6) 8
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 2
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 1
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (1) 2
CORNERS: (0) 0
FOULS: (5) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 1