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League Two

Both managers happy at Spotland

19 August 2012

Promotion hopefuls Rochdale and Northampton shared the spoils in a goalless draw at Spotland which left both managers satisfied.

John Coleman's Dale, relegated after finishing bottom of npower League One last season, have rebuilt over the summer and fielded six players making their league debuts.

Aidy Boothroyd's Cobblers also included half a dozens new boys, so it was little wonder that both bosses were pleased with a clean sheet and a point to start the campaign.

"This was a good point as Rochdale are a good side and we are a work in progress," said Boothroyd.

"I told the players afterwards that I could write three books on what we need to improve on, but one thing you do need if you are going to be successful is the ability to defend and dig out a point or three.

"I don't want to be part of a team that concedes too many goals and every day has got to be a good defending day.

"So, while we could be better with the ball and our decision making could have been better, we took a point from a place where not many teams will emerge with anything.

Ashley Grimes came closest to breaking the deadlock when his angled drive shaved the woodwork in the first half.

Defences were very much on top throughout, though Cobblers stopper Lee Nicholls did well to beat away Peter Cavanagh's diving header and at the other end Josh Lillis coped admirably with Northampton's aerial bombardment.

"I was scathing of my defence last week when we conceded four goals against Barnsley, but this week I have to praise them," said Coleman.

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