League Two
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Scunthorpe United 3-0 Rochdale

Sam Winnall

Sam Winnall scored twice in two minutes as Scunthorpe moved top of League Two with victory over 10-man Rochdale.

The visitors had the best chance of the first half, but Scott Hogan saw his header superbly saved by Sam Slocombe.

Scunthorpe took the lead just before the hour mark as David Syers neatly slotted home from 20 yards out.

Rochdale's Michael Rose was sent off for a second yellow card, as Winnall struck a stunning effort into the top corner before calmly tucking home.

The away side could themselves have moved into first place with a win, but the heavy loss means they are now four points behind their New Year's Day opponents.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Scunthorpe United manager Russ Wilcox told BBC Radio Humberside:

Russ Wilcox

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Post-match: Scunthorpe boss Wilcox

"I thought we were terrific for different reasons in the first half, backs to the wall at times, they put a lot of pressure on us.

"They created throw ins, they created corners, they created free kicks and we just weathered it.

"The second half was all about us, our performance, and I don't think you'll see three better goals in one game."

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

Rochdale manager Keith Hill

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Post-match: Rochdale manager Hill

"I'd like to talk about their goalkeeper and the two outstanding saves that he's made. I thought he was incredible.

"It's a very, very difficult situation now for me because Michael Rose has got to miss the Leeds game [in the FA Cup third round] as a consequence to being sent off for a second booking.

"I think their bench thought that, at best, it was a foul but never a yellow card. But we just had a crazy 15-20 minutes when every time there was a challenge there was a booking."

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 1Slocombe
  • 2RibeiroBooked at 69minsSubstituted forEsajasat 83'minutes
  • 18Nolan
  • 4McAllister
  • 5Mirfin
  • 6Canavan
  • 14HawkridgeSubstituted forAdelakunat 74'minutes
  • 24SyersSubstituted forCollinsat 62'minutes
  • 8BurtonBooked at 69mins
  • 29Winnall
  • 30Williams

Substitutes

  • 7Sparrow
  • 9Iwelumo
  • 10Esajas
  • 13Severn
  • 15Waterfall
  • 16Adelakun
  • 19Collins

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 25RoseBooked at 80mins
  • 4CavanaghBooked at 68minsSubstituted forAllenat 72'minutes
  • 6LancashireBooked at 75mins
  • 22O'Connell
  • 40Henderson
  • 12LundBooked at 84mins
  • 11HoganBooked at 68minsSubstituted forDoneat 71'minutes
  • 29Cummins
  • 7VincentiSubstituted forDonnellyat 64'minutesBooked at 69mins

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 5Eastham
  • 9Donnelly
  • 14Héry
  • 16Done
  • 21Thomson
  • 24Allen
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
4,017

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away10
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Scunthorpe United 3, Rochdale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 3, Rochdale 0.

Attempt missed. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United).

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Scunthorpe United 3, Rochdale 0. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Booking

Matthew Lund (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Etienne Esajas replaces Christian Ribeiro because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Scunthorpe United 2, Rochdale 0. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Michael Rose (Rochdale).

Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

Hakeeb Adelakun (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Sam Slocombe.

Attempt saved. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Hakeeb Adelakun replaces Terry Hawkridge.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Jamie Allen replaces Peter Cavanagh.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Matt Done replaces Scott Hogan.

Attempt missed. Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Deon Burton (Scunthorpe United).

Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Christian Ribeiro (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

George Donnelly (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Scott Hogan (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Hogan (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. George Donnelly replaces Peter Vincenti.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Marcus Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Michael Collins replaces David Syers.

Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

Goal!

Goal! Scunthorpe United 1, Rochdale 0. David Syers (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Sam Winnall.

Attempt saved. Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Scunthorpe2412841244
2Burton241266542
3Chesterfield2311841441
4Southend241257941
5Rochdale241248440
6Oxford Utd2310851338
7Fleetwood231229838
8Newport221075837
9Morecambe2510510-435
10Dag & Red24978334
11Cheltenham24897-233
12Plymouth24969-333
13Exeter23959-132
14Hartlepool24879-131
15Wimbledon23779-328
16Bury24699027
17Wycombe22769027
18Mansfield246810-826
19Portsmouth246810-926
20York245109-425
21Accrington246711-825
22Bristol Rovers235810-523
23Torquay245712-1522
24Northampton234712-1319
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