Northampton 2-1 Rotherham: Match Report

21 August 2012 10:32

Nicholls grabs late winner for Cobblers

Alex Nicholls grabbed the late winner to earn Northampton Town a 2-1 victory over Rotherham United.

A frantic opening spell saw Daniel Nardiello go closest to breaking the deadlock, turning smartly on the edge of the box before curling his shot just wide.

But the first real moment of quality produced the breakthrough for Cobblers in the 26th minute. Chris Hackett received a short throw-in from Nicholls and cut inside before rifling a fierce drive past Scott Shearer from 20 yards.

Jason Taylor went close to a quick equaliser but his angled drive was beaten out by Lee Nicholls. Ben Harding went even closer to doubling Northampton's advantage when his screamer from 25 yards struck the bar.

Rotherham made the most of the let-off. Ian Sharps flashed a header wide of the near post, Michael O'Connor was off target after breaking into the box and Ben Pringle tested Nicholls as they looked for the equaliser. It came from the impressive Pringle three minutes before the interval when his deflected shot from the edge of the box left Nicholls stranded.

Substitute Kieran Agard should have given Rotherham the lead midway through the second half, racing onto Kayode Odejayi's flick-on before blazing over from six yards. Agard saw his close range effort saved by Nicholls who then tipped over Pringle's 25 yarder as the Millers pressed for the winner.

But it was Cobblers who grabbed it in the 85th minute when a quick beak by the excellent Hackett ended with Nicholls exchanging passes with Platt before rounding Shearer to score from a tight angle.

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