Cobblers battle past Dale
Last Updated: February 9, 2013 7:41pm
Clive Platt: Opened the scoring
Northampton climbed back into the League Two play-off places with a hard fought 3-1 victory at home to Rochdale on Saturday.
Rochdale started well at Sixfields, with Andrew Tutte forcing Lee Nicholls into a decent save.
But the Cobblers broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute when Clive Platt headed home a cross from Chris Hackett.
Boosted by the goal, Northampton took control of the half and Ben Harding shot just wide following good work from the impressive Hackett and Platt.
New signing Roy O'Donovan was denied by keeper Josh Lillis after the restart but Rochdale again started the half well. It took a brilliant save from Nicholls to deny George Donnelly and substitute Ashley Grimes went close moments later.
Lillis twice denied Hackett in quick succession but Kennedy deservedly equalised in the 64th minute when he turned to beat Nicholls after good work from Kevin McIntyre.
Kelvin Langmead restored Northampton's advantage two minutes later when Harding's corner was not fully dealt with by Lillis and the central defender turned the ball in for his sixth goal of the season.
Top scorer Adebayo Akinfenwa increased Northampton's lead from a 75th minute penalty after Hackett was tripped in the box and O'Donovan saw a late effort come back off the upright.
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Aldershot1 - 2Plymouth
Barnet0 - 0Port Vale
Bradford0 - 1Gillingham
Burton Alb2 - 0Rotherham
Chesterfld2 - 0AFC W'don
Dag + Red1 - 0Cheltenham
Morecambe0 - 3Exeter
Northamptn3 - 1Rochdale
Oxford Utd0 - 2Bristol R
Torquay0 - 1Fleetwood
Wycombe4 - 0York City
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