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PREVIEW | Rovers vs Northampton Town

12 March 2021

Rovers will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Northampton Town at the Keepmoat Stadium this weekend.

Andy Butler’s side were narrowly beaten at Crewe Alexandra in their last league outing, which was the first defeat since his appointment. 

Northampton’s recent form 

The Cobblers have won two of their past six league outings stretching back to a 4-3 defeat at MK Dons on February 20. They followed that up with a goalless draw at home to Rochdale, before being beaten 2-1 on the road at Swindon Town. 

The month of March has brought about a couple of positive results though, with a 2-0 win at home to Plymouth Argyle backed up by a 4-1 hammering of Portsmouth last weekend. They were beaten 2-1 by Charlton Athletic in their last outing. 

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12 March 2021

 

The man in charge 

Jon Brady was appointed as caretaker manager in February after the departure of Keith Curle. He has been tasked with the job of turning results around as the Cobblers look to avoid an immediate return to Sky Bet League Two. 

 

Ones to watch 

Ryan Watson  

After coming through the ranks at Leicester City, Watson enjoyed two loan spells with Northampton between 2014 and 2016. He joined Barnet on a permanent deal in 2016 and spent two years with the Bees before a switch to MK Dons. He played 22 times in the 2018/19 campaign as they won promotion to Sky Bet League One, before returning to Northampton. He scored seven goals in his first season with the club and added another promotion to his CV. The 27-year-old has already matched that goal tally so far this season and is currently the club’s top scorer. 

 

Sam Hoskins 

After starting his career with Southampton, Hoskins spent time on loan with Rotherham and Stevenage before a permanent move to Yeovil Town in 2013. He spent two years at Huish Park before joining Northampton after a successful trial period. He has gone on to become an integral part of the setup at Sixfields, scoring the club’s goal of the season in 2018/19, before netting in the play-off final victory over Exeter last season. He signed a new deal with the club in the summer of 2020 and has scored five goals so far this season. 

 

Ryan Edmondson 

The young forward made a loan switch to Northampton in January after spending the first-half of the season with Scottish Premership side Aberdeen. The 19-year-old is still on the books at Premier League side Leeds United, and has made two substitute appearances for the club since coming through in 2017. 

 

Last time out 

Goals from Tyreece John-Jules and Joe Wright sealed a comfortable 2-0 win for Rovers when the two sides last met in Sky Bet League One at Sixfields in December. 

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Match Reports

REPORT | Rovers 0 Northampton Town 0

13 March 2021

Louis Jones kept his first clean sheet in Rovers' goal, as Andy Butler's side played out a goalless draw against Northampton Town.

Butler made four changes to the side that lost 1-0 midweek to Crewe Alexandra with Madger Gomes, Taylor Richards, James Coppinger and John Bostock missed out with Scott Robertson, Fejiri Okenabirhie, Elliot Simeos and Cameron John coming into the starting XI.  

Early doors both teams were trying to find their foot in the game with no big chances coming for either side until a corner from Jason Lokilo was headed goalward by Tom Anderson, forcing a good save out of opposition goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell. 

Rovers were dealt another blow with Robertson withdrawn from the game through injury - Richards came on to replace him. 

The game quickly turned into a scrappy affair with referee Tom Neild having to warn Cobblers player Sam Hoskins of his behaviour on several occasions.  

Around ten minutes before half time Rovers got into a bit of a stride with a quick break on the counter, orchestrated through Lokilo, was finished with Richards having a snapshot on goal from the edge of the 18-yard area, but it was directly at Mitchell.  

Reece James would later have an ambitious shot on goal from distance but still did not cause Mitchell any problems.  

The first half was not the most entertaining, but Butler’s side certainly had the edge.  

There was one change for Rovers at the break who became more attacking with James Coppinger replacing Cameron John.  

The 40-year-old did not take long to assert his dominance in the game. He put Mitchell under pressure with a volley from the edge of the box.  

Elliot Simoes and Reece James started to link-up well down the left wing with the pair both assisting each other’s shots.

On the 71st minute Gomes was introduced to the game with Matt Smith making way. 

The feisty game ended 0-0 with Rovers playing out their first goalless draw in the League since Sunderland away in January 2020. 

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