Rochdale moved into the League Two automatic promotion places with a comprehensive win over 10-man Plymouth.

The hosts took an early lead when Ian Henderson and George Donnelly linked up to send Jamie Allen through to slide beyond Pilgrims keeper Luke McCormick.

Andres Gurrieri saw red for the visitors after the break for striking Dale defender Jack O'Connell.

Henderson doubled the lead with a fine half-volley before Michael Rose completed the scoring with a neat lob.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Rochdale assistant manager Chris Beech told BBC Radio Manchester:

"Jamie Allen deserved his goal because he's been a very consistent performer for us.

"We started well and scored early and five clean sheets from six games is something to be proud of.

"We brought George (Donnelly) back into the team and he played hard and he played well. He's very difficult to defend against.

"I've not thought about Saturday (FA Cup fourth round tie against Sheffield Wednesday) because we know we'll need to be at full tilt against Chesterfield on Tuesday."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 03 Bennett
  • 16 Done
  • 24 Allen
  • 06 Lancashire
  • 22 O'Connell
  • 07 Vincenti
  • 04 Cavanagh (Dicker - 64' )
  • 40 Henderson
  • 09 Donnelly (Hogan - 66' )
  • 25 Rose

Substitutes

  • 02 Rafferty
  • 05 Eastham
  • 11 Hogan
  • 21 Thomson
  • 29 Cummins
  • 38 Dicker
  • 39 Bunney

Plymouth Argyle

  • 23 McCormick
  • 04 Blanchard Booked
  • 25 Purrington Booked
  • 06 Hourihane
  • 16 Trotman
  • 17 Nelson
  • 27 Gurrieri Dismissed
  • 11 Blizzard
  • 20 Banton (Young - 57' )
  • 09 Reid (Thomas - 78' )
  • 07 Alessandra (Boco - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Cole
  • 08 Boco
  • 14 Young
  • 15 Wotton
  • 18 Harvey
  • 19 Thomas
  • 26 Parsons
Ref: Mark Brown
Att: 2,839

Match Stats

Shots

12 7

On target

4 4

Corners

3 2

Fouls

13 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Rochdale 3, Plymouth Argyle 0.

90:00 +3:58 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Rochdale 3, Plymouth Argyle 0.

89:55

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Neal Trotman.

88:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rochdale 3, Plymouth Argyle 0. Michael Rose (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

87:45

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

87:45

Nathan Thomas (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:21

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

86:21

Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:48 Booking

Booking Ben Purrington (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

84:34

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

84:34

Foul by Ben Purrington (Plymouth Argyle).

81:19 Booking

Booking Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

81:12

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

81:12

Foul by Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle).

79:54

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

79:19

Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

79:19

Nathan Thomas (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Nathan Thomas replaces Reuben Reid.

76:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Romuald Boco replaces Lewis Alessandra.

75:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rochdale 2, Plymouth Argyle 0. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Michael Rose.

72:35

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

72:35

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

70:45

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

70:45

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

69:16

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

69:16

Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. Scott Hogan replaces George Donnelly.

63:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. Gary Dicker replaces Peter Cavanagh because of an injury.

61:14

Attempt missed. Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

60:40

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Curtis Nelson.

59:42

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:42

Foul by Ben Purrington (Plymouth Argyle).

59:21

Attempt saved. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

58:48

Foul by Rhys Bennett (Rochdale).

58:48

Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:13

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

56:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Luke Young replaces Jason Banton.

52:42 Dismissal

Dismissal Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

52:35

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

52:35

Foul by Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle).

48:00

Michael Rose (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:57

Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle).

47:21

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

47:07

Attempt saved. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

46:05

Hand ball by Dominic Blizzard (Plymouth Argyle).

45:00

Second Half begins Rochdale 1, Plymouth Argyle 0.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Rochdale 1, Plymouth Argyle 0.

44:39

Hand ball by Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale).

43:49

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

40:25

Attempt missed. Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

39:56

Hand ball by Rhys Bennett (Rochdale).

38:14

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

38:14

Foul by Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle).

37:21

Attempt blocked. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

35:48

Foul by Jamie Allen (Rochdale).

35:48

Dominic Blizzard (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:26

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

32:57

Attempt saved. Jamie Allen (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

31:24

Hand ball by Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle).

30:36

Attempt blocked. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

30:10

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Maxime Blanchard.

28:21

Attempt missed. Michael Rose (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

28:00

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

27:57

Foul by Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle).

24:35

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

23:43

Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

23:43

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

21:47

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Oliver Lancashire.

21:00

Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:56

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

18:12

Attempt saved. Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

17:38

Attempt blocked. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

17:05

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Rochdale).

17:05

Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:19

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

10:19

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

8:34

Attempt saved. Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

5:02

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

5:02

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

4:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rochdale 1, Plymouth Argyle 0. Jamie Allen (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by George Donnelly.

3:02

Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:02

Foul by George Donnelly (Rochdale).

1:28

Foul by Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale).

1:28

Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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