Rochdale moved within two points of a play-off place after they beat managerless Notts County.

Craig Dawson put the visitors ahead when he fired in off a Nicky Adams corner, before Will Atkinson nodded in from close range to double the lead.

Craig Westcarr drove against the post as the home side looked to find a way back into the match.

Lee Hughes did pull one back when he struck from three yards, but the Dale held on for the win.

POST-MATCH REACTION

Notts County caretaker manager Carl Heggs told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"The first 15 minutes epitomised what this club has been going through for the last 10 weeks.

"We switch off and straight away we're a goal down and then we go 2-0 down before we started and there's no confidence.

"At 2-0 we saw a reaction. We got a spark in the second half. We had a right go in the second half. With a bit of luck we could have something out of the game."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Notts County

  • 17 Nelson
  • 02 Darby
  • 05 Lee
  • 06 Thompson
  • 14 Chilvers
  • 08 Ravenhill Booked (Clifford - 86' )
  • 10 Bishop
  • 21 Martin (Gow - 81' )
  • 09 L Hughes
  • 20 Westcarr (Burgess - 75' )
  • 29 Brandy

Substitutes

  • 01 Burch
  • 28 Sodje
  • 03 Clifford
  • 15 Hawley
  • 19 Gow
  • 27 Burgess
  • 37 Demba-Nyren

Rochdale

  • 13 fon Williams
  • 02 Wiseman
  • 04 Holness
  • 17 Williams (Widdowson - 77' )
  • 26 Dawson
  • 07 Kennedy
  • 08 Jones Booked
  • 11 Done
  • 16 Atkinson
  • 29 Adams (Thompson - 75' )
  • 19 O'Grady

Substitutes

  • 21 Edwards
  • 03 Widdowson
  • 18 Thompson
  • 06 Barry-Murphy
  • 15 Thompson
  • 14 Akpa Akpro
  • 20 Dickinson
Ref: Russell
Att: 4,689

Match Stats

Shots

9 16

On target

4 11

Corners

8 7

Fouls

8 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:19 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:20

Joe Thompson takes a shot. Liam Chilvers gets a block in.

90:00 +3:11

Chris O'Grady takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Nelson.

90:00 +1:33

Shot by Chris O'Grady. Blocked by Graeme Lee.

89:33

Marcus Holness is adjudged to have handled the ball. Strike on goal comes in from Alan Gow from the free kick.

89:21

Shot by Chris O'Grady. Stuart Nelson makes a save.

87:53

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Matt Done, Stephen Darby makes a clearance.

87:26

Corner taken by Matt Done, Graeme Lee manages to make a clearance.

87:12

Matt Done has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Graeme Lee gets a block in.

85:59 Substitution

Substitution Richard Ravenhill leaves the field to be replaced by Conor Clifford.

85:41

Centre by Will Atkinson, clearance by Liam Chilvers.

81:47

Gary Jones takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Nelson.

80:29 Substitution

Substitution Alan Gow joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Martin.

76:55 Substitution

Substitution Joe Widdowson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Robbie Williams.

76:44

Matt Done produces a cross.

76:32

Will Atkinson takes a shot. Clearance made by Neal Bishop.

76:08

Corner taken left-footed by Matt Done from the left by-line, John Thompson manages to make a clearance.

75:59

Chris O'Grady has an effort at goal. Blocked by John Thompson.

74:50 Substitution

Substitution Ben Burgess comes on in place of Craig Westcarr.

74:22 Substitution

Substitution Joe Thompson replaces Nicky Adams.

72:34

Effort on goal by David Martin from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

71:11

The ball is sent over by Lee Hughes.

70:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Ravenhill by Chris O'Grady. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

69:50

Foul by Graeme Lee on Chris O'Grady, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jason Kennedy.

68:43

Corner taken left-footed by David Martin from the right by-line, Owain Fon Williams makes a save.

68:07

A cross is delivered by Scott Wiseman, save by Stuart Nelson.

67:51

A cross is delivered by Nicky Adams, Graeme Lee manages to make a clearance.

66:33

Gary Jones produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

65:47

Outswinging corner taken by Nicky Adams, Graeme Lee fouled by Craig Dawson, the ref awards a free kick. Stuart Nelson takes the direct free kick.

65:34

Matt Done takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.

64:27

Header from close range by Graeme Lee misses to the right of the goal.

63:26

Matt Done is adjudged to have handled the ball. Craig Westcarr takes the free kick.

62:50

Jason Kennedy produces a right-footed effort from long distance that goes harmlessly over the bar.

62:25

Corner taken left-footed by Nicky Adams from the right by-line, Graeme Lee manages to make a clearance.

62:19

Matt Done sends in a cross, Richard Ravenhill gets a block in.

61:33

Centre by Robbie Williams, Stephen Darby makes a clearance.

59:31

Foul by Richard Ravenhill on Nicky Adams, free kick awarded. Craig Dawson takes the direct free kick.

59:31 Booking

Booking Richard Ravenhill booked.

58:20

A cross is delivered by Richard Ravenhill.

57:20

Centre by David Martin, save by Owain Fon Williams.

53:32

The assist for the goal came from Graeme Lee.

53:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Hughes - Notts Co 1 - 2 Rochdale Goal scored by Lee Hughes from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Notts County 1-2 Rochdale.

52:45

Unfair challenge on Richard Ravenhill by Matt Done results in a free kick. Stephen Darby takes the direct free kick.

52:34

Robbie Williams sends in a cross, save by Stuart Nelson.

51:43

John Thompson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Will Atkinson. Marcus Holness takes the free kick.

50:50

Centre by Neal Bishop, save by Owain Fon Williams.

49:41

Gary Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Ravenhill. John Thompson takes the direct free kick.

48:04

The ball is sent over by Nicky Adams, clearance made by Graeme Lee.

47:33

Liam Chilvers challenges Matt Done unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Jones takes the direct free kick.

45:59

Corner taken left-footed by David Martin to the near post, Marcus Holness makes a clearance.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:09

Matt Done fouled by Lee Hughes, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Dawson.

44:53

Craig Westcarr fouled by Robbie Williams, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Liam Chilvers.

44:53 Booking

Booking Gary Jones goes into the book for dissent.

42:07

Unfair challenge on John Thompson by Nicky Adams results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graeme Lee.

40:55

Craig Westcarr produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

40:31

Richard Ravenhill fouled by Matt Done, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Graeme Lee.

39:23

Craig Dawson challenges Febian Brandy unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Martin restarts play with the free kick.

37:45

Corner from the left by-line taken by David Martin, Craig Dawson makes a clearance.

37:36

Shot by Craig Westcarr. Gary Jones gets a block in.

33:52

Stephen Darby challenges Nicky Adams unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is crossed by Nicky Adams, Craig Dawson has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

32:48

Centre by Nicky Adams.

32:01

Foul by Graeme Lee on Will Atkinson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Robbie Williams.

30:58

Effort from just outside the penalty area by Craig Westcarr strikes the post.

30:13

Nicky Adams crosses the ball, clearance made by Neal Bishop.

28:44

Marcus Holness gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Hughes. Free kick crossed by Craig Westcarr, Marcus Holness manages to make a clearance.

25:42

Corner taken short by Nicky Adams, Unfair challenge on David Martin by Craig Dawson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

25:36

Nicky Adams produces a cross, John Thompson makes a clearance.

23:13

Nicky Adams produces a cross, Stephen Darby gets a block in.

22:43

The ball is swung over by Febian Brandy, clearance made by Marcus Holness.

22:17

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Martin played to the near post, Neal Bishop takes a shot. Gary Jones gets a block in.

21:55

Corner taken left-footed by David Martin from the right by-line to the near post, Jason Kennedy manages to make a clearance.

19:10

Corner taken by David Martin, save by Owain Fon Williams.

19:00

Shot by Febian Brandy from 12 yards. Scott Wiseman gets a block in.

17:27

Foul by Neal Bishop on Jason Kennedy, free kick awarded. Marcus Holness takes the direct free kick.

15:41

Shot from deep inside the area by Nicky Adams clears the bar.

14:31

The assist for the goal came from Scott Wiseman.

14:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Will Atkinson - Notts Co 0 - 2 Rochdale Will Atkinson finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Notts County 0-2 Rochdale.

13:53

Scott Wiseman takes a shot from 20 yards. Save by Stuart Nelson.

12:02

A cross is delivered by Neal Bishop, clearance by Jason Kennedy.

11:35

Inswinging corner taken by David Martin from the left by-line, clearance made by Marcus Holness.

11:26

Febian Brandy delivers the ball, Craig Dawson manages to make a clearance.

6:55

Corner from the right by-line taken by Nicky Adams, Nicky Adams provided the assist for the goal.

6:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Craig Dawson - Notts Co 0 - 1 Rochdale Craig Dawson grabs a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Notts County 0-1 Rochdale.

5:34

Neal Bishop crosses the ball.

4:18

Unfair challenge on David Martin by Robbie Williams results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Westcarr from right wing, Chris O'Grady makes a clearance.

2:20

David Martin takes a inswinging corner.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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