The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By John Brind­ley

NORTHAMP­TON boss Rob Page fumed about two of Rochdale’s three goals as the pro­mo­tion chasers edged a five-goal thriller.

Ir­ish mid­fielder Matty Lund grabbed a first ca­reer hat-trick for Keith Hill’s stylish side de­spite Northamp­ton twice tak­ing the lead.

“I’ve had an­other look at the win­ning goal and how two match of­fi­cials can’t see that beg­gars be­lief,” said Page, re­gard­ing an al­leged foul on goal­keeper David Cor­nell for the win­ning goal.

“Our silly er­rors have cost us twice af­ter go­ing in front al­though their first goal should have been ruled out for hand­ball.

“I’ve had a long chat with the play­ers in the dress­ing room and we can’t af­ford to feel sorry for our­selves.

“We con­tinue to start well in games but when we switch off the ball ends up in the back of our net.”

Page’s verdict was harsh on Rochdale whose con­tri­bu­tion to an ex­cit­ing af­ter­noon was out­stand­ing.

They pushed for­ward with bright, ad­ven­tur­ous pass­ing from the start and thor­oughly de­served their slice of luck over Lund’s win­ner.

Matty Tay­lor caught out goal­keeper Con­rad Lo­gan with a whipped free kick from 25 yards to give Cob­blers a 16th minute lead.

But Joe Bun­ney, who looked more like a left winger than a left-back, quickly set up Lund’s first from close range.

Rochdale con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate with their clever foot­ball al­though the chances were evenly split be­fore a costly loss of pos­ses­sion al­lowed sub­sti­tute Marc Richards to slip Sam Hoskins through for a su­perbly­taken sec­ond for Northamp­ton af­ter 57 min­utes.

Yet the lead barely lasted any longer as Joe Thomp­son’s tenac­ity took full toll of poor Northamp­ton de­fend­ing and Lund again fin­ished ex­pertly.

The win­ner came from an­other Bun­ney cross with Lund head­ing home af­ter Cor­nell ap­peared to have been fouled un­der the high ball.

Northamp­ton launched a late rally but Dale con­tin­ued to cre­ate chances with Ian Hen­der­son twice go­ing des­per­ately close to in­creas­ing the mar­gin.

De­feat was the sixth in seven starts for Northamp­ton but the per­fect present for Hill, cel­e­brat­ing ten years since he first took the Rochdale hot seat.

“I thought we played some great stuff but set our­selves a cou­ple of traps by not mov­ing the ball into the fi­nal third quickly enough and get­ting caught in pos­ses­sion,” he said.

“Matty has re­sponded well to a bit of crit­i­cism from me. He knows the ar­eas in which I am look­ing for him to im­prove and he is work­ing hard to make sure that he does so.

“It was the per­fect hat trick – left foot, right foot and a header.

“I want to be entertained as a spec­ta­tor and that’s the way I will con­tinue to play.”

PIC­TURES: Dennis Good­win/ProS­ports

STAR MAN MATTY LUND Rochdale HAT-TRICK HERO: Rochdale mid­fielder Matty Lund scores and cel­e­brates Inset: Northamp­ton Town striker Sam Hoskins slides the ball home

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