Matty Lund headed a late winner to keep Rochdale among the automatic promotion contenders with victory against relegation-threatened Accrington.

Stanley's Piero Mingoia broke the deadlock for James Beattie's visitors with a fine volley from 20 yards.

Rochdale equalised when Dean Winnard's attempt to head clear a Joe Rafferty cross hit Lund in the face and flew past goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.

Dale won it in stoppage time when Lund nodded home from close range.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It's a strange game, wasn't it? But at the end of the day it's about results, and we got the right result.

"I was very close to making three substitutes when we scored [the equaliser].

"I suppose we got two scruffy ones but I'll take them all day, every day."

Accrington manager James Beattie told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"The lads were tremendous and we were better for large periods. We haven't got what we deserved from the game - the performance deserved something.

"Piero scored an amazing goal and they changed their tactics. They scored one of the luckiest goals I've ever seen to get back into the game and then there's a sucker punch at the end."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 02 Rafferty
  • 16 Done
  • 04 Cavanagh
  • 05 Eastham
  • 22 O'Connell
  • 40 Henderson (Bunney - 84' )
  • 24 Allen (Vincenti - 93' Booked )
  • 29 Cummins (Donnelly - 78' )
  • 12 Lund
  • 25 Rose

Substitutes

  • 03 Bennett
  • 07 Vincenti
  • 08 Kennedy
  • 09 Donnelly
  • 15 Porter
  • 21 Thomson
  • 39 Bunney

Accrington Stanley

  • 26 Bettinelli
  • 23 Buxton (Odejayi - 93' )
  • 19 Wilson
  • 02 Murphy Booked
  • 05 Aldred
  • 06 Winnard
  • 15 Mingoia (Windass - 91' )
  • 04 Joyce
  • 17 Gray (Naismith - 83' )
  • 10 Hatfield
  • 13 Molyneux

Substitutes

  • 09 Webber
  • 11 Naismith
  • 16 Hunt
  • 20 Windass
  • 24 Odejayi
  • 25 Atkinson
  • 44 Bowerman
Ref: Andy D'Urso
Att: 2,841

Match Stats

Shots

10 6

On target

6 2

Corners

6 6

Fouls

14 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Rochdale 2, Accrington Stanley 1.

90:00 +6:37 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Rochdale 2, Accrington Stanley 1.

90:00 +6:09 Booking

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

90:00 +6:05

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

90:00 +6:05

Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +2:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. Peter Vincenti replaces Jamie Allen.

90:00 +2:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Kayode Odejayi replaces Adam Buxton.

90:00 +1:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rochdale 2, Accrington Stanley 1. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:59

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.

90:00 +0:39

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

90:00 +0:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Josh Windass replaces Piero Mingoia.

88:14

Hand ball by Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley).

85:40

Attempt missed. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

84:16

Foul by George Donnelly (Rochdale).

84:16

Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Bunney replaces Ian Henderson.

82:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Kal Naismith replaces James Gray.

81:53

Attempt missed. James Gray (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

79:49

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

79:49

Foul by Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley).

79:07

Attempt missed. Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

78:19

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

78:19

Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. George Donnelly replaces Graham Cummins.

76:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rochdale 1, Accrington Stanley 1. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

73:14

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

71:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rochdale 0, Accrington Stanley 1. Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

70:10

Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

70:10

Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:39

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

67:33 Booking

Booking Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.

67:24

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

67:24

Foul by Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley).

66:26

Foul by Graham Cummins (Rochdale).

66:26

Dean Winnard (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:59

Attempt saved. Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

58:39

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

58:00

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

58:00

Foul by Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley).

54:06

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

54:06

Foul by Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley).

53:31

Attempt missed. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

47:51

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

47:51

Foul by Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley).

47:17

Attempt missed. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

45:18

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

45:18

Laurence Wilson (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Rochdale 0, Accrington Stanley 0.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Rochdale 0, Accrington Stanley 0.

43:34

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

43:34

Foul by Dean Winnard (Accrington Stanley).

39:24

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Peter Cavanagh.

35:43

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.

35:26

Attempt saved. Michael Rose (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

34:45

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

34:45

Foul by Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley).

32:07

Hand ball by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

31:33

Foul by Jamie Allen (Rochdale).

31:33

Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:27

Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:24

Foul by Graham Cummins (Rochdale).

29:41

Attempt missed. Jack O'Connell (Rochdale) header from the left side of the box is too high.

29:08

Foul by Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley).

29:08

Jamie Allen (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:06

Foul by James Gray (Accrington Stanley).

28:06

Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:46

Attempt missed. Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

24:59

Attempt missed. Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right from a direct free kick.

24:26

Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:26

Foul by Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale).

21:37

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Graham Cummins.

21:13

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Matt Done.

16:18

Foul by Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale).

16:18

Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:16

Luke Joyce (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:16

Foul by Graham Cummins (Rochdale).

11:45

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Laurence Wilson.

11:04

Foul by Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley).

11:04

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

10:35

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Matt Done.

9:48

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

8:04

Foul by Will Hatfield (Accrington Stanley).

8:04

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

7:28

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

2:41

Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:41

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

1:24

Foul by Ashley Eastham (Rochdale).

1:24

James Gray (Accrington Stanley) 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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