Exeter's promotion bid suffered a setback as they lost to Rochdale.

Veteran Grecians striker Jamie Cureton opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time when he controlled a Jake Gosling cross and fired home.

Dale dominated after the break and equalised three minutes from time when Ian Henderson's shot was deflected past back-pedalling keeper Artur Krysiak.

The visitors then took all three points in stoppage-time when Bobby Grant finished off a quick break in style.

Exeter are five points behind third-placed Northampton and three above Fleetwood, who sit one place behind them in eighth.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon:

"Considering how poor we were today we just hoped we could hang on, so to be at that point and lose a goal and then an injury time winner is very disappointing.

"I've not seen one of my teams play so poorly for a long, long time. We struggled to put the passes together and play any meaningful forward play at all.

"We're in a good position, it's about the next game and it's about what's possible, so we have to back each other.

"We're a very average League Two club that is in a very very good position. The heart of the team, all the talent, has been ripped out the middle of it because of injury."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Exeter

  • 01 Krysiak
  • 02 Tully
  • 03 Woodman
  • 05 Baldwin
  • 06 Coles
  • 04 Bennett
  • 11 Davies
  • 28 Molesley
  • 32 Gosling (Keohane - 68' )
  • 12 Cureton (Chamberlain - 90' )
  • 21 Bauza (D'Ath - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Evans
  • 16 Amankwaah
  • 37 Moore-Taylor
  • 22 Keohane
  • 23 Dawson
  • 25 D'Ath
  • 31 Chamberlain

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 05 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 12 P Edwards
  • 14 McIntyre (Rafferty - 46' )
  • 25 Rose
  • 04 Cavanagh
  • 07 Kennedy (Thompson - 65' )
  • 11 Grimes
  • 40 Henderson
  • 09 Donnelly
  • 22 Grant

Substitutes

  • 13 Collis
  • 02 Rafferty
  • 37 Thomas
  • 06 Barry-Murphy
  • 23 Haworth
  • 29 Thompson
  • 27 Gornell
Ref: Phil Gibbs
Att: 3,979

Match Stats

Shots

6 15

On target

2 10

Corners

4 3

Fouls

7 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:27 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +3:27

Assist on the goal came from George Donnelly.

90:00 +3:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Bobby Grant - Exeter 1 - 2 Rochdale Bobby Grant finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Exeter 1-2 Rochdale.

90:00 +1:42

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Craig Woodman.

90:00 +1:42 Substitution

Substitution Elliott Chamberlain joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jamie Cureton.

90:00 +0:01

George Donnelly takes a shot. Save made by Artur Krysiak.

88:43

Peter Cavanagh challenges Mark Molesley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Woodman takes the indirect free kick.

87:55

Corner taken right-footed by Joe Thompson, Phil Edwards takes a shot. Save made by Artur Krysiak.

86:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Ian Henderson - Exeter 1 - 1 Rochdale A goal is scored by Ian Henderson from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Exeter 1-1 Rochdale.

82:41

Foul by Lawson D'Ath on Ian Henderson, free kick awarded. Ian Henderson takes the direct free kick.

81:54

Effort from just outside the area by Bobby Grant goes over the bar.

80:38

Corner from right by-line taken by Craig Woodman.

78:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lawson D'Ath on Joe Rafferty. Phil Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

75:21

Mark Molesley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Rafferty. Joe Rafferty takes the indirect free kick.

70:21

Bobby Grant is caught offside. Artur Krysiak restarts play with the free kick.

68:44

Shot from deep inside the area by Bobby Grant goes over the bar.

67:16 Substitution

Substitution Jake Gosling leaves the field to be replaced by Jimmy Keohane.

66:21

Ashley Grimes takes a shot. Comfortable save by Artur Krysiak.

65:03

Corner taken by Peter Cavanagh, Danny Coles makes a clearance.

62:26 Substitution

Substitution Jason Kennedy goes off and Joe Thompson comes on.

62:26 Substitution

Substitution Guillem Bauza leaves the field to be replaced by Lawson D'Ath.

60:18

Shot from just outside the area by Guillem Bauza goes over the bar.

58:26

Ashley Grimes takes a shot. Save by Artur Krysiak.

56:20

Corner taken by Craig Woodman, save by Josh Lillis.

53:22

Foul by Guillem Bauza on Josh Lillis, free kick awarded. Josh Lillis takes the free kick.

49:48

Ashley Grimes takes a shot. Save by Artur Krysiak.

48:09

Guillem Bauza fouled by Peter Cavanagh, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Woodman takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Kevin McIntyre goes off and Joe Rafferty comes on.

45:00 +3:28 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:43

Assist by Jake Gosling.

45:00 +0:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Jamie Cureton - Exeter 1 - 0 Rochdale Goal scored by Jamie Cureton from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Exeter 1-0 Rochdale.

45:00 +0:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Guillem Bauza on Phil Edwards. Free kick taken by Michael Rose.

43:56

George Donnelly is caught offside. Danny Coles restarts play with the free kick.

41:37

Jamie Cureton takes a shot. Blocked by Josh Lillis.

40:26

Mark Molesley fouled by Ashley Grimes, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.

39:01

Foul by Bobby Grant on Jake Gosling, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Craig Woodman.

38:16

Ian Henderson takes a shot. Clearance by Jake Gosling.

36:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pat Baldwin by George Donnelly. Indirect free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.

35:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Edwards by Mark Molesley. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff takes the indirect free kick.

33:32

Corner taken left-footed by Michael Rose from the right by-line to the near post, Jamie Cureton makes a clearance.

32:20

Ashley Grimes takes a shot. Save made by Artur Krysiak.

29:50

Ian Henderson has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

27:47

Effort on goal by Ian Henderson from long range goes over the crossbar.

26:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff on Guillem Bauza. Free kick taken by Craig Woodman.

25:03

Jamie Cureton is ruled offside. Phil Edwards takes the free kick.

24:22

Unfair challenge on Steve Tully by George Donnelly results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.

20:34

Peter Cavanagh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Molesley. Arron Davies restarts play with the free kick.

18:36

Jamie Cureton is ruled offside. Josh Lillis restarts play with the free kick.

16:34

Handball decision goes against Steve Tully. Ian Henderson takes the free kick, Header from close in by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff bounces off the post.

15:23

George Donnelly takes a shot. Save made by Artur Krysiak.

12:06

Steve Tully concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Henderson. Kevin McIntyre takes the free kick.

5:46

Mark Molesley fouled by Peter Cavanagh, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Cureton produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick. Corner taken by Craig Woodman played to the near post, Close range effort by Danny Coles goes wide of the right-hand upright.

3:59

Phil Edwards concedes a free kick for a foul on Guillem Bauza. Craig Woodman takes the free kick.

2:46

Arron Davies takes a shot. Kevin McIntyre gets a block in.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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