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Bristol Rovers 1-2 Rochdale

Rochdale came from behind to boost their promotion bid and leave Bristol Rovers in relegation danger.

Rovers took the lead when Kaid Mohamed's shot hit the inside of the post and crept over the the line.

The visitors equalised with the first attack of the second half when sub Joe Bunney capitalised on poor defending to steer a shot past Steve Mildenhall.

Matthew Lund met Michael Rose's cross at the back post to give Keith Hill's side all three points.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Post-match: Bristol Rovers' Clarke

"For me, we looked like a side that had played two games in 48 hours.

"Especially in the second half, we looked leggy and off the pace.

"The boys gave it a right go and worked hard but Rochdale's fitness levels looked a lot higher than ours.

"I think the 24 hours' rest helped their players, whereas mine looked dead on their feet."

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Post-match: Rochdale manager Hill

"The performance was superb.

"I'm really pleased with the day, the preparation, the way the players played, I'm really pleased.

"I'm just pleased with the three points but we have won the most games in this league.

"It was just reminding the players of how good we are and how to win football matches and that's what they've done today."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 30Lockyer
  • 14Brown
  • 32O'Toole
  • 6ParkesSubstituted forLucasat 79'minutes
  • 29McChrystal
  • 24O ClarkeSubstituted forBroghammerat 65'minutes
  • 25Clucas
  • 9Harrold
  • 7ClarksonSubstituted forHardingat 54'minutes
  • 39Mohamed

Substitutes

  • 11Broghammer
  • 18Harding
  • 20Gough
  • 33Santos
  • 34Keary
  • 36Lucas
  • 37Thomas

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 3Bennett
  • 25Rose
  • 12Lund
  • 22O'Connell
  • 6Lancashire
  • 7VincentiSubstituted forBunneyat 31'minutes
  • 24AllenSubstituted forMcGintyat 90+1'minutes
  • 9DonnellySubstituted forCumminsat 71'minutes
  • 14Hery
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 2Rafferty
  • 5Eastham
  • 8Kennedy
  • 21Thomson
  • 29Cummins
  • 33McGinty
  • 39Bunney
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
8,158

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away10
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Rochdale 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Rochdale 2.
Attempt missed. Seanan Clucas (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Attempt saved. Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner.
Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Lee Brown.
Foul by Mitch Harding (Bristol Rovers).
Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.
John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Graham Cummins (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Sean McGinty replaces Jamie Allen.
Attempt saved. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Graham Cummins (Rochdale).
Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Rhys Bennett (Rochdale).
Mitch Harding (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Seanan Clucas (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Attempt saved. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Josh Lillis.
Attempt missed. Seanan Clucas (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Scunthorpe44202042680
2Chesterfield44211582878
3Rochdale44239122078
4Fleetwood44229131575
5Burton44191510872
6Southend441814121668
7York441716111067
8Oxford Utd44161414662
9Plymouth44161018-758
10Bury44131813857
11Dag & Red44141515-457
12Mansfield44141515-857
13Portsmouth44141515-1057
14Wimbledon44141416-456
15Newport44131615-355
16Cheltenham44131615-755
17Hartlepool44141020-452
18Accrington44121517-451
19Morecambe44121418-1550
20Exeter44121319-749
21Wycombe44111419-1047
22Bristol Rovers44111419-1147
23Northampton44111419-2047
24Torquay4411924-2342
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