Ten-man Gillingham suffered their first League Two defeat of the season at the hands of Rochdale.

Dale went ahead when Andrew Tutte's cross-shot nestled in the far corner.

Danny Jackson was sent off on 30 minutes for a tackle on Tutte, and Bobby Grant drilled home a rebounded shot to make it 2-0 in the second half.

Danny Kedwell converted from the spot, after George Donnelly had brought down Chris Whelpdale, to give the Gills hope but the visitors held on.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Gillingham manager Martin Allen told BBC Radio Kent:

"We tried our best to get back into it. It wasn't a very good first-half performance, but in the games so far the players have been absolutely spot on.

"First half was the first time we've slipped below the tempo we've played at.

"It was nothing to do with the crowd, it's the players' performance - me and the team. You don't turn up and applaud if you're watching paint dry - it doesn't happen.

"The crowd in the second half were fantastic because of the players' performance. Fair play, second half, with 10 men, we took it to them. We went all out. I'm disappointed but not heartbroken."

Rochdale manager John Coleman told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I'm delighted with the way we applied ourselves today.

"It was probably a little bit more nervy than it should have been. We invited some pressure on but we dealt with it well.

"People must remember that the combined age of our back four today was 73 - we had three 18-year-olds and a 19-year-old.

"They all stood up and were counted. They were magnificent."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (4)

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 02 Fish
  • 03 Martin Booked
  • 06 Flanagan
  • 26 Barrett
  • 07 Whelpdale
  • 11 Jackman Dismissed
  • 16 Montrose (Allen - 46' )
  • 28 Wright
  • 20 Burton Booked (Kedwell - 46' )
  • 29 Findley (Weston - 34' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Forecast
  • 12 Frampton
  • 15 Davies
  • 14 Allen
  • 24 Weston
  • 09 Kedwell
  • 10 Strevens

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis Booked
  • 02 Rafferty
  • 03 Bennett Booked
  • 05 R Edwards
  • 19 Pearson
  • 07 Kennedy
  • 08 Tutte
  • 12 P Edwards
  • 09 Donnelly Booked
  • 15 Adebola (Putterill - 76' )
  • 22 Grant Booked

Substitutes

  • 31 Smith
  • 24 Byrne
  • 06 Barry-Murphy
  • 11 Grimes
  • 13 Putterill
  • 23 Craney
  • 20 Curran
Ref: Phillips
Att: 5,874

Match Stats

Shots

9 12

On target

4 6

Corners

10 6

Fouls

11 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:20

Danny Kedwell is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Josh Lillis.

90:00 +3:01

David Wright fouled by George Donnelly, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

90:00 +2:21 Booking

Booking Bobby Grant goes into the referee's book for time wasting.

90:00 +2:01

Bobby Grant decides to take a short corner.

90:00 +1:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Wright on George Donnelly. Bobby Grant restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:17

Chris Whelpdale takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

89:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Martin by George Donnelly. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

88:35

Unfair challenge on Josh Lillis by Adam Barrett results in a free kick. Josh Lillis takes the direct free kick.

87:04

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Charlie Allen, Josh Lillis makes a save.

86:19

George Donnelly has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

85:14 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

85:04

David Wright crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.

85:04 Booking

Booking George Donnelly booked for unsporting behaviour.

84:41

Unfair challenge on Danny Kedwell by Matthew Pearson results in a free kick.

83:02

Unfair challenge on Danny Kedwell by Rhys Bennett results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by David Wright, Ryan Edwards makes a clearance.

81:14

Corner from right by-line taken by Jason Kennedy.

80:56

Bobby Grant takes a shot. Blocked by Stuart Nelson.

79:47

Charlie Allen takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Ray Putterill.

79:07

Ray Putterill produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

77:06

Bobby Grant takes a inswinging corner.

75:51 Substitution

Substitution Ray Putterill is brought on as a substitute for Dele Adebola.

74:50

Chris Whelpdale takes a shot. Save by Josh Lillis.

73:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Kedwell - Gillingham 1 - 2 Rochdale Power penalty scored by Danny Kedwell. Gillingham 1-2 Rochdale.

72:13

Charlie Allen takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Chris Whelpdale fouled by George Donnelly, the ref awards a Penalty.

71:06

The official flags Danny Kedwell offside. Josh Lillis takes the free kick.

70:17

A cross is delivered by Joe Martin.

69:34

Dele Adebola challenges Tom Flanagan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Flanagan takes the direct free kick.

66:44

Foul by Matthew Pearson on Myles Weston, free kick awarded. Charlie Allen crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Joe Rafferty.

65:35

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Charlie Allen, clearance by Dele Adebola.

64:15 Booking

Booking The referee books Josh Lillis for time wasting.

63:41

Charlie Allen fouled by Matthew Pearson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matt Fish. Myles Weston is caught offside. Josh Lillis takes the indirect free kick.

62:36

Charlie Allen takes a shot. Rhys Bennett gets a block in.

60:42

Tom Flanagan takes a shot. Matthew Pearson gets a block in.

59:55

Foul by Phil Edwards on Charlie Allen, free kick awarded. Myles Weston shoots direct from the free kick, blocked by Bobby Grant.

59:27

Myles Weston takes a shot. Jason Kennedy gets a block in.

58:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Bobby Grant - Gillingham 0 - 2 Rochdale Goal scored by Bobby Grant from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Gillingham 0-2 Rochdale.

57:48

The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Kedwell. Direct free kick taken by Josh Lillis. Bobby Grant takes a shot. Stuart Nelson gets a block in.

50:55

Corner taken by Chris Whelpdale from the right by-line, clearance made by Phil Edwards.

45:03 Substitution

Substitution Deon Burton leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Kedwell.

45:03 Substitution

Substitution Charlie Allen replaces Lewis Montrose.

43:52

George Donnelly has an effort at goal from a long way out that goes wide left.

43:22

Chris Whelpdale fouled by Dele Adebola, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Flanagan takes the free kick.

42:43

George Donnelly takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.

41:50

Jason Kennedy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Whelpdale. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Wright from left channel, clearance made by Rhys Bennett.

40:48

Corner taken right-footed by Jason Kennedy. Phil Edwards concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Barrett. Stuart Nelson takes the direct free kick.

39:46

Andrew Tutte produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.

38:27

Corner taken left-footed by Bobby Grant from the right by-line, clearance by Lewis Montrose.

36:43

A cross is delivered by Joe Rafferty, Adam Barrett makes a clearance.

35:57

Myles Weston sends in a cross, save by Josh Lillis.

35:29

Myles Weston takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Joe Rafferty.

32:34

Bobby Grant produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

32:34 Substitution

Substitution Myles Weston is brought on as a substitute for Robbie Findley.

32:34

The ball is swung over by Joe Rafferty, Ryan Edwards takes a shot from inside the six-yard box clearing the crossbar.

32:34 Booking

Booking Deon Burton shown a yellow card.

32:17 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee sends off Danny Jackman for professional foul.

32:00

Unfair challenge on Andrew Tutte by Danny Jackman results in a free kick.

30:19

Effort on goal by Deon Burton from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

28:36

Centre by David Wright.

27:46

Foul by Phil Edwards on Deon Burton, free kick awarded. Lewis Montrose takes the direct free kick.

26:22 Booking

Booking Joe Martin is shown a yellow card.

26:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Martin on Phil Edwards. Direct free kick taken by Josh Lillis.

25:09

Deon Burton concedes a free kick for a foul on Rhys Bennett. Direct free kick taken by Josh Lillis.

24:23

Effort on goal by Matt Fish from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

23:40

Lewis Montrose challenges Andrew Tutte unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jason Kennedy takes the direct free kick.

22:38

Danny Jackman takes a shot. Dele Adebola gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Whelpdale from the right by-line.

21:46 Booking

Booking Rhys Bennett is booked.

21:36

Rhys Bennett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Whelpdale. Deon Burton takes the direct free kick.

20:00

Lewis Montrose challenges Jason Kennedy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rhys Bennett restarts play with the free kick.

18:36

Corner taken right-footed by Chris Whelpdale from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Dele Adebola.

16:41

Tom Flanagan concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Rafferty. Josh Lillis restarts play with the free kick.

14:52

Jason Kennedy provided the assist for the goal.

14:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Andrew Tutte - Gillingham 0 - 1 Rochdale Andrew Tutte gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Gillingham 0-1 Rochdale.

14:17

Jason Kennedy decides to take a short corner,

13:26

Matt Fish gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on George Donnelly. Matthew Pearson takes the free kick.

13:14

Dele Adebola is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

11:35

Unfair challenge on George Donnelly by Adam Barrett results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Joe Rafferty from right wing. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stuart Nelson by Bobby Grant. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

7:47

Danny Jackman takes the outswinging corner, Jason Kennedy manages to make a clearance.

4:21

The assistant referee flags for offside against Dele Adebola. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

3:01

Bobby Grant fouled by Matt Fish, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from George Donnelly, Robbie Findley gets a block in.

2:03

The offside flag is raised against Robbie Findley. Indirect free kick taken by Josh Lillis.

0:27

Outswinging corner taken by Chris Whelpdale, clearance by Josh Lillis.

45:01

The game kicks-off.

The second half kicks off.

Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

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