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Rovers were dealt another blow with Robertson withdrawn from the game through injury - Richards came on to replace him.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