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Hartlepool United 0-3 Rochdale

Hartlepool lost by three goals for the second game in a row as Rochdale continued their push for promotion.

Dale took the lead through sub George Donnelly, who struck from close range after his first shot was blocked.

A volley from skipper Peter Cavanagh followed, with Graham Cummins sealing the win from eight yards.

Pools had gone close early on when Jordan Richards' free kick hit the underside of the bar but after the break Dale took control.

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Post-match: Rochdale manager Keith Hill

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I think everyone was expecting us to slip up and I half understand why because we (former club Barnsley) used to do a lot of statistical work on energy output when we were playing against Championship sides and it can drain you for a week.

"The first half was a massive wrestle between the two sides, but it's all about results. And the players had the hunger today.

"I've witnessed Peter Cavanagh play for Accrington, Fleetwood and obviously Rochdale. But I can't remember him performing to that standard on a game that had a lot of significance to it to the remainder of the season

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 1Flinders
  • 19Richards
  • 2Austin
  • 38Walker
  • 6Baldwin
  • 35Burgess
  • 7FranksSubstituted forComptonat 68'minutes
  • 8WaltonBooked at 41mins
  • 33James
  • 10PooleSubstituted forRodneyat 61'minutes
  • 11Monkhouse

Substitutes

  • 5Collins
  • 13Rafferty
  • 14Compton
  • 15Sweeney
  • 22Holden
  • 23Rodney
  • 28Hawkins

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 7Vincenti
  • 3Bennett
  • 12LundSubstituted forDonnellyat 20'minutesSubstituted forCumminsat 81'minutes
  • 6Lancashire
  • 4CavanaghBooked at 57mins
  • 11HoganBooked at 70minsSubstituted forBunneyat 83'minutes
  • 16Done
  • 40Henderson
  • 25Rose
  • 22O'Connell

Substitutes

  • 2Rafferty
  • 5Eastham
  • 9Donnelly
  • 21Thomson
  • 24Allen
  • 29Cummins
  • 39Bunney
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
3,685

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 0, Rochdale 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 0, Rochdale 3.

Attempt missed. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left.

Graham Cummins (Rochdale) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

Attempt missed. Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Rochdale 3. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Bunney.

Nialle Rodney (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Bunney (Rochdale).

Foul by Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United).

Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jack Baldwin (Hartlepool United) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Bunney replaces Scott Hogan.

Luke James (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Hogan (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Graham Cummins replaces George Donnelly.

Attempt missed. Jack Baldwin (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Scott Hogan (Rochdale).

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Rhys Bennett.

Foul by Nialle Rodney (Hartlepool United).

Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Simon Walton (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Booking

Scott Hogan (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Hogan (Rochdale).

Attempt saved. Jack Compton (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jack Compton replaces Jonathan Franks.

Foul by Nialle Rodney (Hartlepool United).

Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Peter Cavanagh.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Rochdale 2. Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner following a set piece situation.

Foul by Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Nialle Rodney replaces James Poole.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Rhys Bennett.

Attempt blocked. James Poole (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Scunthorpe2513841447
2Burton251366645
3Chesterfield2412841844
4Rochdale251348743
5Southend251267942
6Fleetwood241329941
7Oxford Utd2410951339
8Newport241086738
9Morecambe2710710-437
10Dag & Red269710034
11Plymouth25979-334
12Cheltenham25898-333
13Exeter259511-332
14York267109031
15Wimbledon258710-231
16Hartlepool258710-431
17Mansfield267811-929
18Wycombe247710-328
19Bury256910-427
20Portsmouth256910-927
21Bristol Rovers246810-426
22Accrington256811-826
23Torquay266812-1326
24Northampton255713-1422
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