Scott Hogan hit a hat-trick as Rochdale cruised to victory at Spotland against promotion rivals Oxford to move within a point of the top of League Two.

Hogan tapped in Peter Vincenti's header to put Dale ahead right on half-time.

He then beat three men to shoot past keeper Ryan Clarke at the second attempt five minutes after the break.

And an instinctive close-range finish enabled Hogan to complete his treble - for his 19th goal of the season - to wrap up the game on 62 minutes.

3-0 to the Dale

  • Seven of Rochdale's 18 League Two victories this season have been by three goals to nil.

Rochdale remain third, but have closed the gap on leaders Chesterfield to one point.

The Spireites do not play until Monday but Dale also moved level on points with second-placed Scunthorpe, who drew 2-2 with Newport County.

Oxford, who are in fifth - five points behind Dale - were furious about striker Hogan's opener.

Up until then, they had matched their hosts, Johnny Mullins and Alfie Potter both wasting good chances.

But, from the moment Hogan netted just before the interval, there never looked to be any threat to Dale extending their unbeaten run to five games.

Hogan showed real quality with his second goal, racing into the area and showing great strength before beating Clarke.

Some questionable defending by Oxford contributed to Hogan's third, but the striker did well to turn and find the net.

Hogan could have added a fourth late on but Clarke saved well.

Rochdale assistant manager Chris Beech told BBC Radio Manchester:

Post-match: Rochdale assistant manager Chris Beech

"It's our favourite scoreline 3-0. We've hit that a lot this season.

"It comes at a testing time for us I suppose with the external people to our football club looking at this game.

"The press were trying to build it up as a win-at-all-costs situation, but it really wasn't.

"It was just three points available. We've got 13 games left and we'll just move on."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (3)

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 02 Rafferty
  • 16 Done Booked
  • 04 Cavanagh
  • 06 Lancashire
  • 22 O'Connell
  • 07 Vincenti
  • 24 Allen
  • 11 Hogan (Donnelly - 85' )
  • 25 Rose
  • 40 Henderson

Substitutes

  • 05 Eastham
  • 08 Kennedy
  • 09 Donnelly
  • 10 Gray
  • 15 Porter
  • 21 Thomson
  • 39 Bunney

Oxford United

  • 01 Clarke
  • 13 Hunt
  • 06 Wright
  • 22 Wroe
  • 04 Raynes Booked
  • 19 Mullins
  • 11 Potter
  • 17 Rose
  • 24 Connolly (Constable - 68' )
  • 10 Smalley
  • 15 Williams (Kitson - 59' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Rigg
  • 08 Kitson
  • 09 Constable
  • 18 Davies
  • 23 Henly
  • 30 Long
  • 37 Ruffels
Ref: Eddie Ilderton
Att: 3,429

Match Stats

Shots

11 2

On target

6 1

Corners

6 6

Fouls

5 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

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

90:00 +5:04 Full time

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

90:00 +2:30

Attempt saved. George Donnelly (Rochdale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

87:54

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

87:02

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by John Mullins.

86:48

Attempt blocked. George Donnelly (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

84:42

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jake Wright.

84:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. George Donnelly replaces Scott Hogan.

77:57

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by David Hunt.

75:22

Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

75:22

Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. James Constable replaces David Connolly.

64:25

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Rochdale).

64:25

Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:29

Attempt saved. Matt Done (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

61:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rochdale 3, Oxford United 0. Scott Hogan (Rochdale) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

60:23

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

60:23

Foul by David Hunt (Oxford United).

59:27

Attempt missed. Danny Rose (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

58:22

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Joseph Rafferty.

58:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Dave Kitson replaces Ryan Williams.

53:55

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

52:26

Reece Gray (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:26

Foul by David Hunt (Oxford United).

49:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rochdale 2, Oxford United 0. Scott Hogan (Rochdale) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Rochdale 1, Oxford United 0.

45:00 +3:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Rochdale 1, Oxford United 0.

44:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rochdale 1, Oxford United 0. Scott Hogan (Rochdale) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Peter Vincenti.

40:40

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jake Wright.

38:22 Booking

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

38:13

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

38:13

Ryan Williams (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:56

Attempt missed. Michael Rose (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

35:01

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

33:57

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

31:21

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Alfie Potter.

30:00

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Peter Cavanagh.

28:46

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

28:46

Foul by Ryan Williams (Oxford United).

28:10

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

28:10

Foul by Jake Wright (Oxford United).

27:00

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

26:57

Foul by David Hunt (Oxford United).

25:53

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

21:40

Attempt saved. John Mullins (Oxford United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

18:19

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Peter Vincenti.

17:37

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

17:37

Jake Wright (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

12:46

Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

10:12

Alfie Potter (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:01

Foul by Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale).

8:56

Attempt missed. Jack O'Connell (Rochdale) header from very close range is too high.

8:29 Booking

Booking Michael Raynes (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

8:11

Foul by Michael Raynes (Oxford United).

8:11

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

6:31

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jake Wright.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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