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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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2 Shrewsbury Town 45 89
3 Southend United 45 84
4 Bury 45 82
5 Wycombe Wanderers 45 81
6 Stevenage 45 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 45 68
8 Luton Town 45 65
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12 Morecambe 45 60
13 Dagenham & Redbridge 45 59
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17 Accrington Stanley 45 53
18 Cambridge United 45 51
19 York City 45 51
20 Carlisle United 45 49
21 Mansfield Town 45 48
22 Hartlepool United 45 44
23 Cheltenham Town 45 40
24 Tranmere Rovers 45 39