Rochdale came from behind to claim a draw against Burton but missed the chance to move into the automatic promotion spots in League Two.

Zeli Ismail reacted quickest inside the box to net the opening goal for the visitors in the first half.

Rochdale drew level after half-time following an awful error from Burton goalkeeper Rob Lainton, who failed to clear George Donnelly's looping shot.

Keith Hill's side stay in fourth place, behind Oxford on goal difference.

The Burton bogey

Rochdale have never beaten Burton in six attempts in the Football League. This was the first time they gained a point against the opposition, having lost all five previous meetings.

Albion could themselves have closed the gap on the top three, but stay in sixth.

Striker Scott Hogan should have given the home side the lead early on, showing a good burst of pace before forcing a save from Lainton.

But it was the visitors who went ahead after Ian Sharps' header was saved and the ball fell to Ismail, who kept his composure to slot home from close range.

Burton had control in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but were unable to carve out any clear-cut chances and saw their opponents equalise.

Donnelly struck a shot which looped off a defender and into the air and having had an assured first half, Lainton missed the ball while trying to punch it away and saw it fall over the line.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We knew what to expect from the opposition because they've done it all season. It was obvious the way they were going to play because they play like that at home - 1-0, 1-0, 1-0.

"We just had to move the ball quicker in the first half and we didn't, and I thought that was it. In the second half, we started playing a lot better and started creating space between the back four and the midfield.

"It's a point gained. It's a massive point against one of our rivals."

Burton boss Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

"I would've taken that before the match. Rochdale have probably got the best home record in the division; I think they've won 11 games at home, which is a terrific record, and I felt our game plan worked really well.

"We got our goal, but after we got it, we didn't need to go and score again, particularly as they hadn't caused us too many problems at that point.

"When we came out for the second half, it was important to remember the first half had been just that, 45 minutes, we'd worked very hard, but we needed to do it again.

"To be honest their goal came from a mistake. Rob [Lainton] felt there'd been an arm on him, but it won't be the last one we'll see a goalkeeper make.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 02 Rafferty
  • 16 Done Booked
  • 08 Kennedy (Donnelly - 56' Booked )
  • 05 Eastham
  • 22 O'Connell
  • 07 Vincenti (Gray - 81' )
  • 25 Rose
  • 11 Hogan
  • 12 Lund
  • 40 Henderson

Substitutes

  • 04 Cavanagh
  • 06 Lancashire
  • 09 Donnelly
  • 10 Gray
  • 15 Porter
  • 21 Thomson
  • 24 Allen

Burton Albion

  • 01 Lainton
  • 02 Edwards
  • 14 McCrory (Gray - 56' )
  • 08 Weir
  • 25 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 06 Sharps Booked
  • 19 Ismail Booked (MacDonald - 89' )
  • 23 Palmer
  • 09 Alexander (Kee - 75' )
  • 07 Bell
  • 17 Phillips Booked

Substitutes

  • 05 Diamond
  • 11 MacDonald
  • 16 Lyness
  • 18 Knowles
  • 21 Holness
  • 26 Gray
  • 29 Kee
Ref: Scott Duncan
Att: 2,092

Match Stats

Shots

6 6

On target

2 2

Corners

7 4

Fouls

11 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Rochdale 1, Burton Albion 1.

90:00 +6:25 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Rochdale 1, Burton Albion 1.

90:00 +5:52

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

90:00 +5:34 Booking

Booking George Donnelly (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +5:13

Foul by George Donnelly (Rochdale).

90:00 +5:13

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +4:01

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

90:00 +4:01

David Gray (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:55

Attempt missed. Ashley Eastham (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

90:00 +2:30

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by David Gray.

90:00 +2:00

Attempt saved. Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

89:13

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Robert Lainton.

88:32

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:32

Foul by Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion).

88:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Alexander MacDonald replaces Zeli Ismail because of an injury.

82:20

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

82:20

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:36

Attempt missed. Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

81:11

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

81:11

Billy Kee (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. Reece Gray replaces Peter Vincenti.

80:05

Attempt missed. George Donnelly (Rochdale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

74:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Billy Kee replaces Gary Alexander.

74:21 Booking

Booking Matt Done (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

74:00

Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:57

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

71:25

Attempt missed. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

68:21

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Lee Bell.

66:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rochdale 1, Burton Albion 1. George Donnelly (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

55:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. David Gray replaces Damien McCrory.

55:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. George Donnelly replaces Jason Kennedy.

49:01

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Damien McCrory.

47:00

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

46:56

Foul by Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion).

45:00

Second Half begins Rochdale 0, Burton Albion 1.

45:00 +3:53 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Rochdale 0, Burton Albion 1.

45:00 +2:59

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Joseph Rafferty.

45:00 +0:17 Booking

Booking Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +0:11

Foul by Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion).

45:00 +0:11

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:42

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

41:19 Booking

Booking Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

41:05

Foul by Ian Sharps (Burton Albion).

41:05

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

38:03

Foul by Robbie Weir (Burton Albion).

38:03

Matthew Lund (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:58

Attempt missed. Lee Bell (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

34:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rochdale 0, Burton Albion 1. Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

33:14

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Joseph Rafferty.

30:07

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Ian Sharps.

29:11

Attempt missed. Gary Alexander (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

26:20

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

26:20

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:54 Booking

Booking Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

24:38

Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:38

Foul by Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion).

21:23

Attempt missed. Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

20:38

Foul by Scott Hogan (Rochdale).

20:38

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:59

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

15:43

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

15:43

Foul by Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion).

12:28

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

11:16

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

11:16

Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:29

Foul by Jason Kennedy (Rochdale).

10:29

Lee Bell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:59

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Robert Lainton.

7:43

Attempt saved. Scott Hogan (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

6:38

Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:38

Foul by Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion).

4:30

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

4:30

Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:00

Gary Alexander (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:52

Foul by Ashley Eastham (Rochdale).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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