Lee Molyneux scored two stunning goals as Accrington defeated Rochdale to move out of the League Two relegation zone.

Dale had the better of the first half with both Ritchie Jones and Jason Kennedy glancing headers wide and Terry Gornell flashed just wide of the post.

Molyneux, on as a second-half substitute, scored his first from long range, smashing into the top corner.

The former Everton trainee drilled in a 25-yard free-kick before midfielder Rommy Boco stroked home a third.

Keith Hill's side looked much more likely to open the scoring and dominated possession, while Stanley managed only one effort on target in the first period.

But the introduction of full-back Molyneux on 60 minutes changed the game as his two long-distance strikes handed Accrington their first win in eight attempts and lifted Stanley out of the bottom two.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We've witnessed two spectacular goals from the opposition. The first one was right out of the top drawer and the second one equalled it.

"Molyneux scored two and created one - there's the benefit of the substitution.

"For 75 minutes I was reasonably happy. I thought we were the better footballing side and we just haven't got that penetrative edge in front of goal at the minute."

Accrington manager Leam Richardson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"You don't deserve to play well every week, but what you can do is work hard. If you do that through the week, you'll get your rewards and we got that tonight.

"They're three fantastic goals to win a game and for the last month we've deserved that.

"Lee Molyneux's not played the last couple of games, but he's got all the attributes. That's how to react. We asked the lad to go out and affect the game - he's certainly done that."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 03 Bennett
  • 05 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 12 P Edwards
  • 25 Rose
  • 06 Barry-Murphy (Logan - 80' )
  • 07 Kennedy
  • 08 Tutte
  • 11 Grimes
  • 28 Jones Booked (Haworth - 60' )
  • 27 Gornell (Donnelly - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Collis
  • 02 Rafferty
  • 19 Pearson
  • 14 McIntyre
  • 23 Haworth
  • 26 Logan
  • 09 Donnelly

Accrington Stanley

  • 01 Rachubka
  • 02 Murphy Booked
  • 03 Liddle
  • 05 Hughes (Aldred - 11' )
  • 06 Winnard
  • 16 Hunt
  • 34 Wilson (Molyneux - 59' )
  • 04 Joyce
  • 17 Gray (Linganzi - 60' )
  • 21 Beattie
  • 33 Boco

Substitutes

  • 22 Dawber
  • 24 Molyneux
  • 26 Aldred
  • 10 Hatfield
  • 12 Miller
  • 27 Linganzi
  • 19 Carver
Ref: Madley
Att: 1,780

Match Stats

Shots

8 9

On target

1 5

Corners

3 3

Fouls

12 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:05 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:34

James Beattie takes a shot. Save by Josh Lillis.

90:00 +0:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Amine Linganzi by Andrew Tutte. Paul Rachubka takes the direct free kick.

89:32

Dean Winnard fouled by Andrew Tutte, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Rachubka restarts play with the free kick.

89:00

Nicky Hunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Haworth. Free kick taken by Michael Rose.

87:22

James Beattie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jason Kennedy. Jason Kennedy takes the direct free kick.

86:42

Rhys Bennett is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Rachubka takes the indirect free kick.

86:15

Foul by Amine Linganzi on Ashley Grimes, free kick awarded. Andrew Tutte crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Dean Winnard.

85:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Romuald Boco - Rochdale 0 - 3 Accrington Romuald Boco finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rochdale 0-3 Accrington Stanley.

83:24

Shot by Andy Haworth from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

83:03

Short corner taken by Andy Haworth from the left by-line.

81:24

Unfair challenge on Phil Edwards by James Beattie results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

79:44 Substitution

Substitution Joel Logan replaces Brian Barry-Murphy.

79:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Molyneux - Rochdale 0 - 2 Accrington Lee Molyneux hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from a long way out to the top left corner of the goal. Rochdale 0-2 Accrington Stanley.

78:06

Phil Edwards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Beattie.

75:15

Assist by Nicky Hunt.

75:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Molyneux - Rochdale 0 - 1 Accrington Lee Molyneux finds the back of the net with a brilliant goal from a long way out to the top left corner of the goal. Rochdale 0-1 Accrington Stanley.

74:25

Peter Murphy fouled by Andy Haworth, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Rachubka takes the direct free kick.

73:14

Free kick crossed right-footed by Andrew Tutte, clearance by Luke Joyce.

73:14 Booking

Booking Peter Murphy goes into the referee's book.

73:07

Peter Murphy challenges Michael Rose unfairly and gives away a free kick.

70:48 Substitution

Substitution George Donnelly joins the action as a substitute, replacing Terry Gornell.

68:54

Michael Liddle concedes a free kick for a foul on Rhys Bennett. Michael Rose crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Paul Rachubka.

67:07

Dean Winnard challenges Terry Gornell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Rose takes the direct free kick.

65:47

Terry Gornell is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Nicky Hunt.

61:58

Nicky Hunt challenges Michael Rose unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Andrew Tutte from right channel, Corner from right by-line taken by Michael Rose. Clearance made by Luke Joyce.

59:49 Substitution

Substitution Ritchie Jones leaves the field to be replaced by Andy Haworth.

59:31 Substitution

Substitution Amine Linganzi replaces James Gray.

58:47 Substitution

Substitution Laurence Wilson goes off and Lee Molyneux comes on.

58:14

Unfair challenge on Laurence Wilson by Brian Barry-Murphy results in a free kick. Paul Rachubka restarts play with the free kick.

56:40

Laurence Wilson takes a inswinging corner to the near post.

56:01

Corner taken by Laurence Wilson from the right by-line, save by Josh Lillis.

53:10

The official flags Terry Gornell offside. Tom Aldred takes the free kick.

53:00

The official flags James Gray offside. Josh Lillis takes the indirect free kick.

52:37

Terry Gornell takes a shot. Save made by Paul Rachubka.

50:47

Unfair challenge on James Beattie by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff results in a free kick. Nicky Hunt delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, save made by Josh Lillis.

50:11

Effort from outside the penalty box by Andrew Tutte goes wide right of the target.

47:18

Foul by Rhys Bennett on Michael Liddle, free kick awarded. Paul Rachubka takes the direct free kick.

46:35

Terry Gornell has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +2:11 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +1:55

Laurence Wilson takes a shot. Josh Lillis makes a save.

45:00 +0:20

Ashley Grimes fouled by Nicky Hunt, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Andrew Tutte.

43:39

The referee penalises James Gray for handball. Direct free kick taken by Rhys Bennett.

42:28

Foul by Terry Gornell on Dean Winnard, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Rachubka.

41:51

Unfair challenge on Brian Barry-Murphy by Peter Murphy results in a free kick. Michael Rose restarts play with the free kick.

39:24

Peter Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Tutte. Michael Rose delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Luke Joyce.

37:44

Foul by Nicky Hunt on Andrew Tutte, free kick awarded. Michael Rose restarts play with the free kick.

35:46 Booking

Booking Ritchie Jones is cautioned.

35:05

Foul by Ritchie Jones on Michael Liddle, free kick awarded. Tom Aldred takes the direct free kick.

32:50

Shot by Andrew Tutte from a long way out goes over the target.

32:04

Shot by James Beattie from a long way out goes over the target.

31:22

Effort from the edge of the area by Ashley Grimes goes wide of the left-hand upright.

28:37

Rhys Bennett challenges James Beattie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Liddle takes the free kick.

26:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Rose by James Gray. Direct free kick taken by Josh Lillis.

24:03

Effort from the edge of the area by Terry Gornell goes wide of the right-hand upright.

23:26

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Michael Rose from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Tom Aldred.

20:26

Header by Jason Kennedy from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

16:44

Unfair challenge on Jason Kennedy by Peter Murphy results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Brian Barry-Murphy from right channel, Tom Aldred makes a clearance. Rhys Bennett concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Aldred. Direct free kick taken by Paul Rachubka.

15:49

The referee blows for offside against James Beattie. Free kick taken by Josh Lillis.

14:59

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Laurence Wilson played to the near post, Jason Kennedy manages to make a clearance.

11:00

Laurence Wilson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

10:12 Substitution

Substitution Tom Aldred joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mark Hughes.

8:38

The ball is sent over by Michael Liddle.

6:59

Michael Rose sends in a cross.

5:03

Shot by Peter Murphy from a long way out goes over the target.

4:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Gray by Phil Edwards. Laurence Wilson crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Jason Kennedy.

2:37

Effort from outside the penalty box by Laurence Wilson goes wide right of the target.

0:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Murphy on Rhys Bennett. Brian Barry-Murphy takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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