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Darrell Clarke's "roll of the dice" pays off at Northampton

Darrell Clarke saw his attacking policy pay off as Bristol Rovers ended Northampton Town's impressive home record.

On-loan Chelsea youngster Charlie Colkett hit a dramatic late winner as Rovers came from behind to beat the Cobblers 3-2 in a thriller.

Alex Revell gave Cobblers the early lead and then looked to have grabbed a late point after Rovers turned it around with second-half goals from Rory Gaffney and Peter Hartley. But Colkett popped up to hit the stoppage-time winner on his first start for Rovers.

Clarke said: "If you had offered me three points from two away games at Sheffield United and Northampton Town I would have snapped your hand off.

"The target is to win 10 away games and we've won two now.

"We'll keep coming away to difficult places like this and go for the victory. That may have cost us a point against Sheffield United but we'll keep going for them.

"I'd love a clean sheet but it's all about winning football matches in any way you can. 1-0, comprehensively or coming from behind like we've done today.

"We've given the opposition a goal start which I'm getting used to and we're chasing the game again. They were individual errors but we dug in and kept going and got our rewards.

"We didn't move the ball quickly enough in the first half, so I rolled the dice in the second half and went with a very attacking formation. We were the team pushing to win the game at the end."

After seeing his side lose their first league game at Sixfields in 2016, Cobblers boss Rob Page said: "It's a bitter pill to swallow at the moment.

"I would have been disappointed with a point because we were going for the win today. But when you get back to 2-2 late on you settle for a point and want your players to see the game out.

"We weren't at our best today although we played some good stuff at times. The substitutions made a difference to get us back into the game but we switched off at the end for their winner.

"The injury to the referee killed the game and we switched off at a vital time. We have to keep going right through to the end no matter how many minutes extra there are.

"I was surprised for the second booking for Gabby [Zakuani]. The referee is long away from it and the assistant hasn't given it, had it happened anywhere else on the pitch it wouldn't have been a booking.

"But that's what it is and I'm not blaming the officials for us losing, we switched off for both goals. We didn't defend well enough from a set-piece and paid for it.

"We've addressed it already in the dressing room and we move on to the next game. It was a disappointing afternoon but we'll dust ourselves down and go again."