League Two
Rochdale3Oxford Utd0

Rochdale 3-0 Oxford United

Scott Hogan

Scott Hogan hit a hat-trick as Rochdale cruised to victory at Spotland against promotion rivals Oxford to move within a point of the top of League Two.

Hogan tapped in Peter Vincenti's header to put Dale ahead right on half-time.

He then beat three men to shoot past keeper Ryan Clarke at the second attempt five minutes after the break.

And an instinctive close-range finish enabled Hogan to complete his treble - for his 19th goal of the season - to wrap up the game on 62 minutes.

Rochdale remain third, but have closed the gap on leaders Chesterfield to one point.

The Spireites do not play until Monday but Dale also moved level on points with second-placed Scunthorpe, who drew 2-2 with Newport County.

Oxford, who are in fifth - five points behind Dale - were furious about striker Hogan's opener.

Up until then, they had matched their hosts, Johnny Mullins and Alfie Potter both wasting good chances.

But, from the moment Hogan netted just before the interval, there never looked to be any threat to Dale extending their unbeaten run to five games.

Hogan showed real quality with his second goal, racing into the area and showing great strength before beating Clarke.

Some questionable defending by Oxford contributed to Hogan's third, but the striker did well to turn and find the net.

Hogan could have added a fourth late on but Clarke saved well.

Rochdale assistant manager Chris Beech told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Post-match: Rochdale assistant manager Chris Beech

"It's our favourite scoreline 3-0. We've hit that a lot this season.

"It comes at a testing time for us I suppose with the external people to our football club looking at this game.

"The press were trying to build it up as a win-at-all-costs situation, but it really wasn't.

"It was just three points available. We've got 13 games left and we'll just move on."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 16DoneBooked at 39mins
  • 4Cavanagh
  • 6Lancashire
  • 22O'Connell
  • 7Vincenti
  • 24Allen
  • 11HoganSubstituted forDonnellyat 85'minutes
  • 25Rose
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 5Eastham
  • 8Kennedy
  • 9Donnelly
  • 10Gray
  • 15Porter
  • 21Thomson
  • 39Bunney

Oxford Utd

  • 1Clarke
  • 13Hunt
  • 6Wright
  • 22Wroe
  • 4RaynesBooked at 9mins
  • 19Mullins
  • 11Potter
  • 17Rose
  • 24ConnollySubstituted forConstableat 68'minutes
  • 10Smalley
  • 15R WilliamsSubstituted forKitsonat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Rigg
  • 8Kitson
  • 9Constable
  • 18Davies
  • 23Henly
  • 30Long
  • 37Ruffels
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
3,429

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away2
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home5
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 3, Oxford United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 3, Oxford United 0.

Attempt saved. George Donnelly (Rochdale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. George Donnelly (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by John Mullins.

Attempt blocked. George Donnelly (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jake Wright.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. George Donnelly replaces Scott Hogan.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by David Hunt.

Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. James Constable replaces David Connolly.

Foul by Jack O'Connell (Rochdale).

Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 3, Oxford United 0. Scott Hogan (Rochdale) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by David Hunt (Oxford United).

Attempt missed. Danny Rose (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Joseph Rafferty.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Dave Kitson replaces Ryan Williams.

Attempt missed. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Reece Gray (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Hunt (Oxford United).

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 2, Oxford United 0. Scott Hogan (Rochdale) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Rochdale 1, Oxford United 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Rochdale 1, Oxford United 0.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 1, Oxford United 0. Scott Hogan (Rochdale) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Peter Vincenti.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jake Wright.

Booking

Matt Done (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

Ryan Williams (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Michael Rose (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Alfie Potter.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Peter Cavanagh.

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

Foul by Ryan Williams (Oxford United).

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chesterfield33171062561
2Scunthorpe34151541960
3Rochdale3318691760
4Burton3415118456
5Oxford Utd34141371555
6Fleetwood3316512953
7Southend34131110950
8Plymouth3313911248
9Hartlepool3412913145
10York34101311243
11Newport31111010143
12Wimbledon3411914-542
13Cheltenham33101211-642
14Dag & Red33101112-241
15Morecambe33101013-1140
16Bury3291211039
17Bristol Rovers3391212-239
18Exeter3410915-639
19Portsmouth3391212-1139
20Mansfield3491213-1339
21Wycombe3391113-438
22Accrington3391014-837
23Northampton338916-1633
24Torquay337917-2030
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