Rochdale 3-1 Exeter City

Graham Cummins

Rochdale remained in third place in League Two after a hard-fought win over mid-table Exeter City.

Michael Rose fired the hosts into the lead with a curled left-footed free-kick which crept inside the near post.

Exeter equalised when John O'Flynn's cross found Alan Gow 10 yards out and he coolly finished with his left foot.

Graham Cummins nodded in a deep Matthew Lund cross to restore the lead before Andrew Tutte turned into space and fired home a right-footed strike.

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Post-match: Rochdale boss Hill

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We were reasonably comfortable. I thought it was a good, technical game. We just edged it.

"I've got a lot of respect for (Exeter manager) Paul Tisdale, the way he sets up and the way he wants to play.

"It was a very open game, without too many goalscoring opportunities, but I do believe we deserved it."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Oxford Utd179531532
2Chesterfield179531132
3Rochdale171025732
4Fleetwood1710161031
5Southend17926729
6Newport17764527
7Burton17836127
8Scunthorpe17764-127
9Dag & Red17755326
10Wimbledon17746225
11Morecambe17746-225
12Hartlepool17737224
13Exeter17737-124
14Plymouth17647-422
15Wycombe16637021
16Mansfield17566-321
17Cheltenham17566-521
18Portsmouth16556-420
19York17458-417
20Accrington17458-717
21Bury17368-415
22Bristol Rovers17368-715
23Torquay17359-1114
24Northampton173410-1013
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