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Rochdale 2-1 Accrington Stanley

Matty Lund headed a late winner to keep Rochdale among the automatic promotion contenders with victory against relegation-threatened Accrington.

Stanley's Piero Mingoia broke the deadlock for James Beattie's visitors with a fine volley from 20 yards.

Rochdale equalised when Dean Winnard's attempt to head clear a Joe Rafferty cross hit Lund in the face and flew past goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.

Dale won it in stoppage time when Lund nodded home from close range.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

Keith Hill

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Post-match: Rochdale manager Hill

"It's a strange game, wasn't it? But at the end of the day it's about results, and we got the right result.

"I was very close to making three substitutes when we scored [the equaliser].

"I suppose we got two scruffy ones but I'll take them all day, every day."

Accrington manager James Beattie told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"The lads were tremendous and we were better for large periods. We haven't got what we deserved from the game - the performance deserved something.

"Piero scored an amazing goal and they changed their tactics. They scored one of the luckiest goals I've ever seen to get back into the game and then there's a sucker punch at the end."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 16Done
  • 4Cavanagh
  • 5Eastham
  • 22O'Connell
  • 40HendersonSubstituted forBunneyat 84'minutes
  • 24AllenSubstituted forVincentiat 90+3'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 29CumminsSubstituted forDonnellyat 78'minutes
  • 12Lund
  • 25Rose

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 7Vincenti
  • 8Kennedy
  • 9Donnelly
  • 15Porter
  • 21Thomson
  • 39Bunney

Accrington

  • 26Bettinelli
  • 23BuxtonSubstituted forOdejayiat 90+3'minutes
  • 19Wilson
  • 2MurphyBooked at 68mins
  • 5Aldred
  • 6Winnard
  • 15MingoiaSubstituted forWindassat 90+1'minutes
  • 4Joyce
  • 17GraySubstituted forNaismithat 83'minutes
  • 10Hatfield
  • 13Molyneux

Substitutes

  • 9Webber
  • 11Naismith
  • 16Hunt
  • 20Windass
  • 24Odejayi
  • 25Atkinson
  • 44Bowerman
Referee:
Andy D'Urso
Attendance:
2,841

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home10
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 2, Accrington Stanley 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 2, Accrington Stanley 1.

Booking

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Peter Vincenti replaces Jamie Allen.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Kayode Odejayi replaces Adam Buxton.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 2, Accrington Stanley 1. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.

Attempt saved. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Josh Windass replaces Piero Mingoia.

Hand ball by Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt missed. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by George Donnelly (Rochdale).

Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Bunney replaces Ian Henderson.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Kal Naismith replaces James Gray.

Attempt missed. James Gray (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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

Foul by Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt missed. Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. George Donnelly replaces Graham Cummins.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 1, Accrington Stanley 1. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 0, Accrington Stanley 1. Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

Booking

Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card.

Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley).

Foul by Graham Cummins (Rochdale).

Dean Winnard (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Peter Murphy (Accrington Stanley).

Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chesterfield37181272666
2Scunthorpe37161742165
3Rochdale36197101764
4Fleetwood37187121261
5Burton3716138561
6Oxford Utd37141491156
7Southend37131311852
8York37131311652
9Plymouth3614913051
10Hartlepool37131014449
11Cheltenham36111411-547
12Morecambe36121113-747
13Dag & Red36111312-146
14Newport34111112-344
15Wimbledon37111115-644
16Mansfield37101314-1343
17Bury3591511042
18Bristol Rovers36101214-642
19Portsmouth3791513-1342
20Wycombe36101115-641
21Accrington36101115-741
22Exeter36101016-740
23Northampton3691116-1538
24Torquay368919-2133
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