A first minute goal from Matt Crooks saw Northampton’s first game under new manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink end in a 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers.

Crooks struck inside 22 seconds when he converted a sweeping cross from full debutant full-back George Smith to give the Cobblers the lead. The goal was the midfielder’s first since joining the club from Rangers in the summer.

The game’s only goal was enough for Northampton to pick up their first three points under Hasselbaink, and in turn, their first win and clean sheet at the start of the new season.

Northampton’s best chances to extend their lead saw Crooks fire a pair of efforts wide in the final minutes of the first half. By contrast, Doncaster’s best chances saw Matt Ingram pull of a couple of key stops in the second half, with the debutant goalkeeper denying James Coppinger, Tommy Rowe and Ben Whiteman.

Hasselbaink’s team will look to build on their first win of the season on Tuesday, when they take on Portsmouth at Sixfields.

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