Rochdale moved up to fourth in League Two after from Scott Hogan and Graham Cummins saw off Bristol Rovers.

Hogan broke Rovers' resistance near the hour mark, flicking in Joe Rafferty's cross, before Jack O'Connell set up Cummins to fire past Steve Mildenhall.

Lee Smith had almost put the visitors in front in the opening 45 minutes, but his attempt was smartly kept out by Rochdale goalkeeper Josh Lillis.

The visitors are only a point above the relegation zone following their defeat.

Dale, meanwhile, closed to just a point behind leaders Chesterfield.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

Post-match: Rochdale manager Hill

"You want an energetic performance and it's very difficult if you're going to retain the same side.

"The same side deserved the opportunity to repeat results.

"Both sides wrestled quite well. The first goal is always really important - it can knock the energy out of the opposition and give you that little bit of extra energy."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (3)

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 02 Rafferty
  • 25 Rose
  • 12 Lund
  • 06 Lancashire
  • 22 O'Connell
  • 07 Vincenti
  • 04 Cavanagh Booked
  • 29 Cummins
  • 11 Hogan
  • 40 Henderson

Substitutes

  • 03 Bennett
  • 05 Eastham
  • 09 Donnelly
  • 14 Héry
  • 16 Done
  • 21 Thomson
  • 24 Allen

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Mildenhall
  • 02 Smith
  • 14 Brown
  • 32 O'Toole
  • 06 Parkes
  • 29 McChrystal
  • 15 Norburn (Beardsley - 73' )
  • 24 Clarke
  • 09 Harrold
  • 33 Santos (Richards - 62' )
  • 07 Clarkson (Harrison - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Paterson
  • 10 Richards
  • 17 Harrison
  • 18 Harding
  • 19 Beardsley
  • 20 Gough
  • 30 Lockyer
Ref: Darren Drysdale
Att: 2,576

Match Stats

Shots

11 12

On target

4 3

Corners

6 5

Fouls

11 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Rochdale 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

90:00 +4:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Rochdale 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

90:00 +3:41

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +3:41

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

90:00 +3:12

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

90:00 +3:12

Graham Cummins (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:11

Foul by Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers).

90:00 +0:11

Graham Cummins (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:09

Attempt saved. Michael Rose (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

87:12

Attempt blocked. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

85:52

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

82:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces David Clarkson.

82:12

Attempt missed. Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

78:18

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

77:59

Attempt saved. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

77:13

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Lee Brown.

74:45

Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:45

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

74:21

Attempt missed. Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

73:44

Attempt saved. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

72:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Chris Beardsley replaces Oliver Norburn.

68:16

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

68:16

Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:52

Oliver Norburn (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:52

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

65:22

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

63:13

Foul by Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers).

63:13

(Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:46

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:46

Foul by Scott Hogan (Rochdale).

61:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Eliot Richards replaces Alefe Santos.

61:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rochdale 2, Bristol Rovers 0. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

57:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rochdale 1, Bristol Rovers 0. Scott Hogan (Rochdale) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matthew Lund with a cross.

54:58

Hand ball by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

52:15

Attempt missed. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

51:05

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Michael Smith.

49:22

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

47:46

Attempt missed. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

45:49

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:49

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

45:00

Second Half begins Rochdale 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Rochdale 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

45:00 +0:53

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Michael Rose.

45:00 +0:37

Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

44:13

Attempt saved. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

38:31

Attempt missed. Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

37:16

Attempt missed. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

36:39

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Joseph Rafferty.

34:19

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Peter Cavanagh.

31:33

Foul by Oliver Norburn (Bristol Rovers).

31:33

Scott Hogan (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:22

Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

27:30 Booking

Booking Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

27:27

David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:27

Foul by Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale).

26:47

Attempt missed. Scott Hogan (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

25:45

Foul by Oliver Norburn (Bristol Rovers).

25:45

Matthew Lund (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:22

Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

25:16

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

24:57

Attempt saved. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

21:37

Oliver Norburn (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

21:37

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

18:05

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Rochdale).

18:05

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:35

Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

14:02

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Peter Cavanagh.

13:49

Attempt blocked. Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

12:00

Alefe Santos (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:47

Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

10:47

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

10:47

Oliver Norburn (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:05

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

9:04

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

7:19

Delay in match Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) because of an injury.

7:00

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

6:55

Foul by Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale).

2:26

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by John-Joe O'Toole.

2:03

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Ollie Clarke.

1:38

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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