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Sixfields Stadium (ATT 5,110) 9th February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Linington

Northamptn Northampton Town vs Rochdale Rochdale

Northamptn 3

C Platt (32)
K Langmead (69)
A Akinfenwa (pen 76)

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Rochdale 1

J Kennedy (65)

Cobblers battle past Dale

Last Updated: 09/02/13 7:41pm

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Clive Platt: Opened the scoring

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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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 43 77
2 Chesterfield 43 75
3 Rochdale 43 75
4 Fleetwood Town 43 72
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 43 65
7 York City 43 64
8 Oxford United 43 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 43 58
10 Bury 43 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 43 57
12 Mansfield Town 43 57
13 Newport County AFC 43 54
14 AFC Wimbledon 43 53
15 Cheltenham Town 43 52
16 Accrington Stanley 43 51
17 Portsmouth 42 51
18 Morecambe 43 50
19 Hartlepool United 42 49
20 Exeter City 43 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 43 47
22 Bristol Rovers 42 47
23 Northampton Town 43 47
24 Torquay United 43 39