It was a miserable afternoon for Northampton Town after the Cobblers were beaten 6-0 at home by Bristol Rovers.
Northampton began 2017 with a 5-0 hammering at the Memorial Stadium, and had similarly miserable luck at home against them. The visitors took over half an hour to score, before Billy Bodin poked the away side in front.
The score remained 1-0 at half-time despite Bristol Rovers winning a penalty, with Matt Ingram saving to deny Tom Nichols from 12 yards after a foul by Alex Revell.
But things got worse in the second half. Ellis Harrison bagged a brace with two goals inside five minutes, before Revell was sent off for a possible elbow.
Goals from Rory Gaffney, Liam Sercombe and Dom Telford added to the rout in the final 20 minutes. The result was a humiliating afternoon for the home side, who remain third from bottom but now have the league’s worst goal difference.
The result continues Northampton’s tough start to the season, with the Cobblers having only registered 2 wins so far this season. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side will look for greater rewards in their next contest, where they host fellow early strugglers AFC Wimbledon.