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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Matty Crooks (1')

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink gets Northampton tenure off to a winning start

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink enjoyed a dream start as Northampton manager after a goal inside the first 30 seconds of his reign was enough to see the Cobblers beat Doncaster 1-0.
The former Chelsea striker was taking charge of his first game after replacing Justin Edinburgh this week, and saw his new side post their first points of the League One campaign.
It took just 21 seconds for the Dutchman to celebrate the first goal of his Sixfields tenure, as George Smith raced down the left and set up Matt Crooks for a simple finish inside the area.
Crooks spurned two further chances in a first half controlled by the Cobblers, but Rovers were much the better side in the second half, with Tommy Rowe and James Coppinger going close.
Rovers laid siege to the Northampton goal in the last 10 minutes, and only an acrobatic save from Matt Ingram denied Ben Whiteman a late equaliser.
But for all their aerial threat, Doncaster could not break down a Northampton side desperate to earn their new gaffer his first win.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Portsmouth 17 +14 38
2 Sunderland 17 +19 36
3 Barnsley 17 +17 34
4 Peterborough United 18 +11 34
5 Luton Town 18 +12 32
6 Charlton Athletic 17 +6 28
7 Blackpool 17 +4 28
8 Doncaster Rovers 18 +2 28
9 Coventry City 18 +1 28
10 Accrington Stanley 18 0 28
11 Walsall 18 -5 26
12 Fleetwood Town 18 +5 24
13 Burton Albion 17 +1 24
14 Southend United 18 -2 23
15 Wycombe Wanderers 18 -1 22
16 Shrewsbury Town 18 -3 21
17 Scunthorpe United 18 -10 21
18 Rochdale 18 -10 20
19 Gillingham 18 -4 18
20 Oxford United 18 -6 18
21 Bristol Rovers 18 -1 17
22 Plymouth Argyle 18 -15 13
23 AFC Wimbledon 18 -16 11
24 Bradford City 18 -19 11