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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
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1 Shrewsbury Town 22 43
2 Wycombe Wanderers 22 43
3 Burton Albion 23 43
4 Luton Town 22 41
5 Southend United 22 38
6 Plymouth Argyle 22 37
7 Newport County AFC 22 37
8 Exeter City 23 37
9 Bury 22 34
10 Stevenage 22 31
11 Morecambe 22 30
12 AFC Wimbledon 22 30
13 Accrington Stanley 22 30
14 Cambridge United 22 29
15 Portsmouth 22 27
16 Mansfield Town 22 27
17 Oxford United 22 25
18 Cheltenham Town 22 25
19 Northampton Town 22 24
20 Carlisle United 22 24
21 York City 22 23
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 22 21
23 Tranmere Rovers 22 19
24 Hartlepool United 22 14