Rochdale striker Bobby Grant struck twice in a 4-2 victory at Spotland which seriously dented Southend United's League Two play-off hopes.

Michael Rose's first-half free-kick gave Dale an interval lead, cancelled out by Mark Phillips' glancing header almost straight from the restart.

But Grant headed Dale back in front, then fired home a cracker before Ashley Grimes found the bottom corner for 4-1.

Barry Corr headed a late consolation from inside the six-yard box.

But it was not enough to stop Southend, beaten in Sunday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final by Crewe at Wembley, going a fourth successive game without a win under new boss Phil Brown.

  • Rochdale top scorer Bobby Grant has now hit 16 goals since returning to Spotland from Scunthorpe United in August

Dale, now up into mid-table on the same points mark as the Shrimpers, were registering a third straight victory in League Two for the first time this season.

The home side took the lead on 34 minutes when Rose was bundled over on the edge of the area, the full-back arising to send the resulting set-piece flying into bottom corner.

Phillips then got the slightest of touches to a Kevan Hurst free-kick to draw Southend level.

But Grant headed home George Donnelly's cross before curling home a 20-yarder to make the result safe for Dale.

Grimes' neat finish rubbed salt in the wound for Southend before Corr, who had earlier hit the foot of the post with a header, powered home a Freddy Eastwood corner.

Southend United manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex:

"We asked the guys to show a test of character, but it's one where we've been beaten by the surroundings.

"I don't mean that disrespectfully. We tried to play football tonight and it's not a pitch to do that.

"We had an abject lesson in how to play at Spotland from the Rochdale players.

"The majority of the night my centre-halves spent their time looking at their own goalkeeper and having to defend balls in behind, whereas we tried to play everything in front of them. It was a lesson on how to play football at Spotland."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (3)

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 02 Rafferty
  • 04 Cavanagh
  • 05 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 12 P Edwards
  • 25 Rose Booked
  • 07 Kennedy
  • 11 Grimes
  • 09 Donnelly Booked (Gornell - 82' )
  • 22 Grant
  • 40 Henderson

Substitutes

  • 13 Collis
  • 37 Thomas
  • 06 Barry-Murphy
  • 14 McIntyre
  • 26 Logan
  • 32 Camps
  • 27 Gornell

Southend United

  • 01 Smith
  • 02 Clohessy
  • 06 Cresswell Booked
  • 15 Phillips
  • 23 Barker
  • 27 Reeves (Tomlin - 66' )
  • 29 Mkandawire
  • 14 Hurst (Eastwood - 78' )
  • 26 Laird
  • 10 Corr
  • 20 Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 17 Bentley
  • 03 Straker
  • 04 Spillane
  • 18 Leonard
  • 34 Pinnock
  • 07 Eastwood
  • 21 Tomlin
Ref: Pawson
Att: 1,758

Match Stats

Shots

21 14

On target

15 9

Corners

8 3

Fouls

11 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:10 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:02

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

90:00 +0:51

Britt Assombalonga gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phil Edwards. Direct free kick taken by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

89:14

Assist by Freddy Eastwood.

89:14 Goal scored

Goal! - Barry Corr - Rochdale 4 - 2 Southend Barry Corr scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Rochdale 4-2 Southend.

89:01

Freddy Eastwood takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post,

88:49

Marc Laird takes a shot. Blocked by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

87:50

Peter Cavanagh challenges Gavin Tomlin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Freddy Eastwood, Phil Edwards makes a clearance.

83:32

Michael Rose takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith.

81:58 Substitution

Substitution (Rochdale) makes a substitution, with Terry Gornell coming on for George Donnelly.

80:44

Corner taken by Michael Rose played to the near post, clearance by Tamika Mkandawire.

80:23

Bobby Grant takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith.

79:32

George Donnelly fouled by Mark Phillips, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Rose takes the free kick.

77:20 Substitution

Substitution Freddy Eastwood replaces Kevan Hurst.

76:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Ashley Grimes - Rochdale 4 - 1 Southend Ashley Grimes finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rochdale 4-1 Southend.

73:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Bobby Grant - Rochdale 3 - 1 Southend Bobby Grant grabs a brilliant goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rochdale 3-1 Southend.

71:21

Joe Rafferty gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marc Laird. Free kick crossed right-footed by Kevan Hurst.

71:03

Barry Corr has a headed effort at goal from close in that strikes the post.

69:45

Bobby Grant takes a shot. Paul Smith makes a save.

67:07

Ashley Grimes takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith.

65:35 Substitution

Substitution Gavin Tomlin comes on in place of Ben Reeves.

65:20

Shot from just outside the area by George Donnelly goes over the bar.

62:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Rafferty by Chris Barker. Michael Rose fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

61:56

Ben Reeves takes a shot. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff gets a block in.

58:08

Free kick crossed by Ben Reeves, Josh Lillis makes a save.

58:08 Booking

Booking Booking for Michael Rose.

57:47

Unfair challenge on Kevan Hurst by Michael Rose results in a free kick.

55:54

Bobby Grant challenges Ben Reeves unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Barker.

55:32

Bobby Grant takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Cresswell.

52:46

Corner taken by Michael Rose, clearance by Chris Barker.

52:33

George Donnelly takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith.

50:36

The assist for the goal came from George Donnelly.

50:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Bobby Grant - Rochdale 2 - 1 Southend Bobby Grant finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Rochdale 2-1 Southend.

49:41

Ian Henderson produces a cross, clearance by Ryan Cresswell.

47:38

The referee blows for offside against Barry Corr. Indirect free kick taken by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

45:53

The assist for the goal came from Kevan Hurst.

45:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Mark Phillips - Rochdale 1 - 1 Southend Mark Phillips grabs a headed goal from close in. Rochdale 1-1 Southend.

45:23

Phil Edwards concedes a free kick for a foul on Britt Assombalonga. Kevan Hurst sends in a cross,

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +3:17 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +2:37

Shot from just outside the box by Ben Reeves goes over the target.

45:00 +1:39

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff challenges Britt Assombalonga unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Barker from left channel.

45:00 +0:36

Ashley Grimes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tamika Mkandawire. Free kick crossed by Sean Clohessy, Mark Phillips gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Josh Lillis. Free kick taken by Josh Lillis.

42:11

The ball is delivered by Ian Henderson.

41:29

Mark Phillips challenges George Donnelly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian Henderson takes the free kick.

40:59

Michael Rose sends in a cross, Ian Henderson takes a shot. Marc Laird gets a block in.

40:24

Short corner taken by Michael Rose.

40:06

George Donnelly takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith.

39:02

Ashley Grimes takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

38:44

Barry Corr produces a right-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.

38:15

Kevan Hurst takes a shot. Phil Edwards gets a block in.

37:52

Inswinging corner taken by Ben Reeves from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Phil Edwards.

37:41

Barry Corr takes a shot. Joe Rafferty gets a block in.

35:23

The ball is swung over by Sean Clohessy, save by Josh Lillis.

34:47

Shot by Bobby Grant. Ryan Cresswell gets a block in.

33:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Rose - Rochdale 1 - 0 Southend Michael Rose scores a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rochdale 1-0 Southend.

32:24

Marc Laird concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Rose.

31:33

Foul by Jason Kennedy on Mark Phillips, free kick awarded. Ben Reeves delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Josh Lillis.

30:45

Direct free kick taken by Paul Smith.

30:45 Booking

Booking George Donnelly is booked.

30:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Phillips by George Donnelly.

29:41

Tamika Mkandawire has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

26:36

Corner taken by Michael Rose from the right by-line to the near post.

26:17

Marc Laird challenges Bobby Grant unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Rafferty restarts play with the free kick.

25:13

Unfair challenge on Mark Phillips by George Donnelly results in a free kick. Paul Smith takes the free kick.

24:53

Peter Cavanagh fouled by Kevan Hurst, the ref awards a free kick. Josh Lillis takes the direct free kick.

24:30

Barry Corr takes a shot. Save by Josh Lillis.

23:30

Jason Kennedy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevan Hurst. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Kevan Hurst from right channel.

21:45

Shot from just outside the box by Bobby Grant goes over the crossbar.

17:01

Free kick crossed left-footed by Michael Rose, Barry Corr makes a clearance.

17:01 Booking

Booking Ryan Cresswell receives a yellow card.

16:48

Unfair challenge on Ian Henderson by Ryan Cresswell results in a free kick.

15:27

Ian Henderson takes a shot. Paul Smith makes a save.

14:48

Peter Cavanagh decides to take a short corner.

14:15

Unfair challenge on Joe Rafferty by Barry Corr results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Michael Rose from right wing, Mark Phillips makes a clearance.

13:20

Michael Rose takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.

9:18

Barry Corr concedes a free kick for a foul on Phil Edwards. Joe Rafferty takes the direct free kick.

8:29

The referee blows for offside against Ian Henderson. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Phillips.

7:03

Barry Corr takes a shot. Joe Rafferty gets a block in.

6:49

Ben Reeves takes a short corner.

6:37

Barry Corr takes a shot. Blocked by Peter Cavanagh.

5:13

Corner taken right-footed by Ian Henderson to the near post, Bobby Grant takes a shot.

4:58

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Michael Rose, Ryan Cresswell makes a clearance.

4:42

Bobby Grant takes a shot. Save made by Paul Smith.

4:27

Marc Laird takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Edwards.

1:26

Bobby Grant fouled by Chris Barker, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Rafferty.

0:00

The game begins.

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