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Craig Stanley has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
Centre by Cian Bolger, Clarke Carlisle makes a clearance.
Byron Webster replaces Michael Jacobs.
James Paterson sends in a cross, Shot from 12 yards by Mustapha Carayol. Blocked by Kelvin Langmead.
Lee Brown sends in a cross, Michael Jacobs manages to make a clearance.
Toni Brito Silva produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
Matt Duke challenges Chris Zebroski unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Lee Brown scores a placed penalty. Northampton 3-2 Bristol Rovers.
James Paterson delivers the ball, Toni Brito Silva gets a block in.
Centre by Lee Brown, Kelvin Langmead makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Mustapha Carayol from the left by-line.
Foul by Eliot Richards on Jake Robinson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ben Tozer.
James Paterson concedes a free kick for a foul on Toni Brito Silva. Ben Harding takes the direct free kick.
Lee Brown challenges Toni Brito Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Tozer.
Mustapha Carayol sends in a cross, clearance by Blair Adams.
The ball is swung over by Cian Bolger, clearance by Kelvin Langmead.
A cross is delivered by James Paterson, Clarke Carlisle makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Lee Brown, clearance made by Ben Tozer.
Centre by Michael Smith, clearance made by Kelvin Langmead.
Mustapha Carayol takes a shot. Blocked by Blair Adams.
The ball is sent over by James Paterson, Michael Jacobs makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside against Mustapha Carayol. Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Jake Robinson. Free kick taken by Scott Bevan.
Chris Zebroski is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Clarke Carlisle.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Michael Jacobs.
Corner taken by Ben Harding from the right by-line, save made by Scott Bevan.
Brett Williams takes a shot. Save by Scott Bevan.
Inswinging corner taken by Michael Jacobs from the left by-line played to the near post, Tom Parkes makes a clearance.
Ben Harding produces a cross, clearance made by Tom Parkes.
Michael Jacobs takes a shot. Blocked by Cian Bolger.
A goal is scored by Craig Stanley from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Northampton 3-1 Bristol Rovers.Assist by Lee Brown.
Luke Guttridge leaves the field to be replaced by Jake Robinson.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Duke.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ben Harding.
Luke Guttridge takes a shot. Blocked by Cian Bolger.
The offside flag is raised against Eliot Richards. Matt Duke takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Chris Zebroski. Clarke Carlisle restarts play with the free kick.
Joe Anyinsah leaves the field to be replaced by Eliot Richards. Chris Zebroski on for Matthew Lund.
Toni Brito Silva comes on in place of Adebayo Akinfenwa.
The ball is swung over by Craig Stanley, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Cian Bolger misses to the left of the goal.
Clarke Carlisle concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Smith. Lee Brown takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Mustapha Carayol, John Johnson makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Smith.
The ball is sent over by Blair Adams, Scott Bevan makes a save.
Ben Harding delivers the ball.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Guttridge on Craig Stanley. Cian Bolger takes the direct free kick.
The official flags Mathew Gill offside. Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.
Adebayo Akinfenwa concedes a free kick for a foul on Cian Bolger. Mathew Gill restarts play with the free kick.
Headed effort from inside the box by Clarke Carlisle misses to the right of the target.
The ball is crossed by James Paterson, Clarke Carlisle manages to make a clearance.
Michael Smith is brought on as a substitute for Dan Woodards.
A cross is delivered by Mustapha Carayol, Matthew Lund takes a shot.
Mustapha Carayol challenges Kelvin Langmead unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Matt Duke.
Mathew Gill takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Michael Jacobs manages to make a clearance.
Mustapha Carayol takes a shot. Matt Duke gets a block in.
Ben Tozer takes a shot. Mathew Gill gets a block in.
Craig Stanley takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Matt Duke.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Harding on Mathew Gill. Mathew Gill takes the free kick.
Matthew Lund takes a shot. Matt Duke makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Lee Brown by John Johnson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Parkes. John Johnson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
Mustapha Carayol takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke.
The ball is sent over by Ben Harding, clearance made by Tom Parkes.
James Paterson challenges Brett Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Jacobs.
Shot by Ben Harding from a long way out goes over the net.
Inswinging corner taken by Lee Brown from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Cian Bolger misses to the right of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken by Lee Brown from the right by-line, clearance made by Clarke Carlisle.
The ball is delivered by Michael Jacobs.
Brett Williams is penalised for a handball. Tom Parkes restarts play with the free kick.
Kelvin Langmead scores a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Northampton 3-0 Bristol Rovers.The assist for the goal came from Ben Tozer.
Corner taken left-footed by Lee Brown from the right by-line, save made by Matt Duke.
Foul by Ben Tozer on Mustapha Carayol, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mathew Gill.
Lee Brown takes a shot. Blocked by Kelvin Langmead.
James Paterson sends in a cross.
A goal is scored by Adebayo Akinfenwa from close in low into the middle of the goal. Northampton 2-0 Bristol Rovers.Assist by Michael Jacobs.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Jacobs by Cian Bolger. The referee shows Cian Bolger a yellow card. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ben Harding from left wing, Cian Bolger makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ben Harding, Lee Brown makes a clearance.
A goal is scored by Adebayo Akinfenwa from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Northampton 1-0 Bristol Rovers.Ben Harding provided the assist for the goal.
Boothroyd set to ring the changes
Northampton have no new problems as they prepare to host Bristol Rovers.
Every player that started the 2-2 draw at Cheltenham on Saturday completed the full 90 minutes, so with a busy March ahead, manager Aidy Boothroyd is set to make changes to his team.
"We will mix it up a bit for a number of reasons," said Boothroyd at his pre-match press conference.
"We have got a lot of games coming up and I think we have got a lot of players who can come in to do a job for us and win us a game."
Defender Byron Webster, midfielder Toni Brito Silva and forwards Lewis Young and Jake Robinson are among those players who could be restored to the starting line-up.
Tom Parkes is set to return to Bristol Rovers' matchday squad.
The on-loan Leicester defender missed the goalless draw with Macclesfield on Saturday because of illness but has recovered and is now available for selection.
Manager Mark McGhee will have to do without Michael Smith, however. The right-back picked up a groin injury during the stalemate with the Silkmen and is sidelined for the visit to Sixfields.
Goalkeeper Michael Poke is also likely to miss out. Poke has not featured for the Pirates since a goalless draw with Oxford on February 18 after twisting his ankle and looks set to spend another week out of action.
Adam Virgo and Wayne Brown remain long-term casualties for the Memorial Stadium outfit with respective knee ligament and ankle injuries, while Gary Sawyer (hamstring) and Aaron Downes (knee cartilage) have also been ruled out.
Cobblers withstand late Rovers rally
Three goals in the opening 20 minutes put Northampton on the way to a vital 3-2 victory over Bristol Rovers.
But Cobblers did their best to throw it away as Rovers staged a late rally that almost earned a point.
Top scorer Adebayo Akinfenwa gave the hosts a perfect start with a goal inside the opening minute, starting and rounding off the move in which Michael Jacobs and Ben Harding set him up for a cool finish.
Eight minutes later Akinfenwa grabbed his 14th of the campaign when he netted from close range after Jacobs had turned two defenders inside out.
Northampton increased their lead when defender Kelvin Langmead headed home a cross from Ben Tozer to leave Rovers with it all to do.
Mustapha Carayol and Joe Anyinsah tested Matt Duke following a brief spell of Rovers' pressure before the break and the visitors reduced the arrears in the 66th minute when substitute Chris Zebroski crossed for Craig Stanley to head home at the far post.
It took a superb save from Scott Bevan to deny Brett Williams moments later, and when Lee Brown converted an 85th minute penalty after Carayol had been upended by Duke it left Northampton hanging on to claim a result which moves them off the foot of the npower League Two table.
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