League Two
Rochdale2Bristol Rovers0

Rochdale 2-0 Bristol Rovers

Rochdale moved up to fourth in League Two after from Scott Hogan and Graham Cummins saw off Bristol Rovers.

Hogan broke Rovers' resistance near the hour mark, flicking in Joe Rafferty's cross, before Jack O'Connell set up Cummins to fire past Steve Mildenhall.

Lee Smith had almost put the visitors in front in the opening 45 minutes, but his attempt was smartly kept out by Rochdale goalkeeper Josh Lillis.

The visitors are only a point above the relegation zone following their defeat.

Dale, meanwhile, closed to just a point behind leaders Chesterfield.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Post-match: Rochdale manager Hill

"You want an energetic performance and it's very difficult if you're going to retain the same side.

"The same side deserved the opportunity to repeat results.

"Both sides wrestled quite well. The first goal is always really important - it can knock the energy out of the opposition and give you that little bit of extra energy."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 25Rose
  • 12Lund
  • 6Lancashire
  • 22O'Connell
  • 7Vincenti
  • 4CavanaghBooked at 28mins
  • 29Cummins
  • 11Hogan
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 5Eastham
  • 9Donnelly
  • 14Héry
  • 16Done
  • 21Thomson
  • 24Allen

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 14Brown
  • 32O'Toole
  • 6Parkes
  • 29McChrystal
  • 15NorburnSubstituted forBeardsleyat 73'minutes
  • 24O Clarke
  • 9Harrold
  • 33SantosSubstituted forRichardsat 62'minutes
  • 7ClarksonSubstituted forHarrisonat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Paterson
  • 10Richards
  • 17Harrison
  • 18Harding
  • 19Beardsley
  • 20Gough
  • 30Lockyer
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
2,576

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 2, Bristol Rovers 0.
Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).
Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).
Graham Cummins (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers).
Graham Cummins (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Michael Rose (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces David Clarkson.
Attempt missed. Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.
Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.
Attempt saved. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.
Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Lee Brown.
Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).
Attempt missed. Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Attempt saved. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Chris Beardsley replaces Oliver Norburn.
Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).
Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Oliver Norburn (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).
Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Foul by Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers).
(Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Scott Hogan (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Eliot Richards replaces Alefe Santos.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 2, Bristol Rovers 0. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 1, Bristol Rovers 0. Scott Hogan (Rochdale) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matthew Lund with a cross.
Hand ball by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).
Attempt missed. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.
Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Michael Smith.
Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Attempt missed. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Second Half

Second Half begins Rochdale 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Rochdale 0, Bristol Rovers 0.
Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Michael Rose.
Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Joseph Rafferty.
Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Peter Cavanagh.
Foul by Oliver Norburn (Bristol Rovers).
Scott Hogan (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.
David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale).
Attempt missed. Scott Hogan (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.
Foul by Oliver Norburn (Bristol Rovers).
Matthew Lund (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Josh Lillis.
Attempt saved. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chesterfield2311841441
2Scunthorpe231184941
3Burton231256541
4Rochdale231247740
5Oxford Utd2310851338
6Southend231157838
7Newport221075837
8Fleetwood221129635
9Morecambe241059-335
10Cheltenham24897-233
11Exeter23959-132
12Dag & Red23878231
13Hartlepool23878231
14Plymouth23869-530
15Wimbledon22778-228
16Wycombe22769027
17Portsmouth23689-826
18Accrington236710-625
19Mansfield236710-825
20Bury23599-324
21Bristol Rovers235810-523
22York234109-522
23Torquay235711-1322
24Northampton234712-1319
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