Hartlepool lost by three goals for the second game in a row as Rochdale continued their push for promotion.

Dale took the lead through sub George Donnelly, who struck from close range after his first shot was blocked.

A volley from skipper Peter Cavanagh followed, with Graham Cummins sealing the win from eight yards.

Pools had gone close early on when Jordan Richards' free kick hit the underside of the bar but after the break Dale took control.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I think everyone was expecting us to slip up and I half understand why because we (former club Barnsley) used to do a lot of statistical work on energy output when we were playing against Championship sides and it can drain you for a week.

"The first half was a massive wrestle between the two sides, but it's all about results. And the players had the hunger today.

"I've witnessed Peter Cavanagh play for Accrington, Fleetwood and obviously Rochdale. But I can't remember him performing to that standard on a game that had a lot of significance to it to the remainder of the season

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Hartlepool United

  • 01 Flinders
  • 19 Richards
  • 02 Austin
  • 38 Walker
  • 06 Baldwin
  • 35 Burgess
  • 07 Franks (Compton - 68' )
  • 08 Walton Booked
  • 33 James
  • 10 Poole (Rodney - 61' )
  • 11 Monkhouse

Substitutes

  • 05 Collins
  • 13 Rafferty
  • 14 Compton
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 22 Holden
  • 23 Rodney
  • 28 Hawkins

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 07 Vincenti
  • 03 Bennett
  • 12 Lund (Donnelly - 20' )
  • 06 Lancashire
  • 04 Cavanagh Booked
  • 11 Hogan Booked (Bunney - 83' )
  • 16 Done
  • 40 Henderson
  • 25 Rose
  • 22 O'Connell

Substitutes

  • 02 Rafferty
  • 05 Eastham
  • 09 Donnelly (Cummins - 81' )
  • 21 Thomson
  • 24 Allen
  • 29 Cummins
  • 39 Bunney
Ref: Robert Lewis
Att: 3,685

Match Stats

Shots

15 11

On target

4 5

Corners

7 6

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hartlepool United 0, Rochdale 3.

90:00 +4:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 0, Rochdale 3.

90:00 +3:49

Attempt missed. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

90:00 +2:49

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left.

90:00 +2:40

Graham Cummins (Rochdale) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

90:00 +1:38

Attempt missed. Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

89:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Rochdale 3. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Bunney.

87:00

Nialle Rodney (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:53

Foul by Joe Bunney (Rochdale).

85:23

Foul by Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United).

85:23

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

82:53

Attempt saved. Jack Baldwin (Hartlepool United) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

82:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Bunney replaces Scott Hogan.

81:45

Luke James (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:45

Foul by Scott Hogan (Rochdale).

80:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. Graham Cummins replaces George Donnelly.

78:53

Attempt missed. Jack Baldwin (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

78:25

Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:25

Foul by Scott Hogan (Rochdale).

77:51

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Rhys Bennett.

75:40

Foul by Nialle Rodney (Hartlepool United).

75:40

Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

70:15

Attempt missed. Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

69:23 Booking

Booking Scott Hogan (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

69:19

Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:19

Foul by Scott Hogan (Rochdale).

67:53

Attempt saved. Jack Compton (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

67:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jack Compton replaces Jonathan Franks.

66:27

Foul by Nialle Rodney (Hartlepool United).

66:27

Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:41

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Peter Cavanagh.

62:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Rochdale 2. Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner following a set piece situation.

62:06

Foul by Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United).

62:06

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

60:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Nialle Rodney replaces James Poole.

59:36

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Rhys Bennett.

57:11

Attempt blocked. James Poole (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

56:24 Booking

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

56:16

Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:16

Foul by Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale).

55:29

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Matt Done.

55:17

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

53:32

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jack Baldwin.

52:48

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Simon Walton.

52:20

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jack Baldwin.

49:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Rochdale 1. George Donnelly (Rochdale) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner following a corner.

48:15

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Andy Monkhouse.

45:00

Second Half begins Hartlepool United 0, Rochdale 0.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hartlepool United 0, Rochdale 0.

45:00 +0:44

Foul by Neil Austin (Hartlepool United).

45:00 +0:44

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

45:00 +0:04

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

42:18

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jack Baldwin.

40:05 Booking

Booking Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

40:00

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

39:56

Foul by Simon Walton (Hartlepool United).

39:19

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

39:08

Attempt saved. James Poole (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

38:05

Attempt missed. Michael Rose (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

37:27

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Neil Austin.

36:10

Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:10

Foul by Scott Hogan (Rochdale).

34:00

Foul by Brad Walker (Hartlepool United).

34:00

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

32:32

Attempt missed. Jonathan Franks (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

30:54

Attempt missed. George Donnelly (Rochdale) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

29:34

Attempt missed. Jordan Richards (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

28:56

Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:56

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

27:41

Foul by Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United).

27:41

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

23:43

Attempt missed. Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

23:15

Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:15

Foul by Rhys Bennett (Rochdale).

21:08

Attempt missed. Jack Baldwin (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

20:34

Luke James (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:34

Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

19:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. George Donnelly replaces Matthew Lund because of an injury.

17:31

Attempt saved. Scott Hogan (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

14:32

Attempt missed. Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

14:17

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Peter Cavanagh.

14:09

Jordan Richards (Hartlepool United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

13:05

Luke James (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:05

Foul by Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale).

10:53

Attempt saved. Jack O'Connell (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

8:38

Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:38

Foul by Scott Hogan (Rochdale).

8:22

Foul by Luke James (Hartlepool United).

8:22

Jack O'Connell (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:42

Attempt saved. Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

7:29

Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:29

Foul by Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale).

6:00

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Rhys Bennett.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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