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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.

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English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Wigan Athletic 46 +60 98
2 Blackburn Rovers 46 +42 96
3 Shrewsbury Town 46 +21 87
4 Rotherham United 46 +20 79
5 Scunthorpe United 46 +15 74
6 Charlton Athletic 46 +7 71
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 -1 68
8 Portsmouth 46 +1 66
9 Peterborough United 46 +8 64
10 Southend United 46 -4 63
11 Bradford City 46 -10 63
12 Blackpool 46 +5 60
13 Bristol Rovers 46 -6 59
14 Fleetwood Town 46 -9 57
15 Doncaster Rovers 46 0 56
16 Oxford United 46 -5 56
17 Gillingham 46 -5 56
18 AFC Wimbledon 46 -11 53
19 Walsall 46 -13 52
20 Rochdale 46 -8 51
21 Oldham Athletic 46 -17 50
22 Northampton Town 46 -34 47
23 Milton Keynes Dons 46 -26 45
24 Bury 46 -30 36