League One
Rochdale0Bristol Rovers0

Rochdale 0-0 Bristol Rovers

Rochdale dropped out of the League One play-off places after a goalless draw against Bristol Rovers.

The soft playing surface did neither side any favours and goalmouth incidents - let alone chances - were few and far between.

Reuben Noble-Lazarus had the first effort on target when he met Harrison McGahey's cross from the right with a downward header at the back post 18 minutes in, Rovers keeper Joe Lumley diving to his right to block the attempt.

As it turned out, that was the best chance of the opening period, although Rovers midfielder Ollie Clarke should have done better with a shot from the edge of the area that he scuffed towards the Rochdale goal.

The second half followed in similar vein. The best move of the game arrived in the 72nd minute, a Rovers breakaway which started with an interception from Clarke, breaking up play between Peter Vincenti and Mark Kitching.

Clarke's run forward ended with the ball being worked to the left and Stuart Sinclair playing a delicious pass into the path of Lee Brown, racing forward from deep down the left flank.

The full-back provided Dale's debutant goalkeeper Ben Wilson with his first real test of the day, a rising drive from an angle which the goalkeeper beat away.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 13Wilson
  • 6McGahey
  • 4McNultyBooked at 62mins
  • 18Keane
  • 30TaylorSubstituted forVincentiat 55'minutes
  • 2Rafferty
  • 10CampsBooked at 64mins
  • 32Kitching
  • 14RathboneSubstituted forAllenat 80'minutes
  • 40Henderson
  • 16Noble-LazarusSubstituted forMcDermottat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Vincenti
  • 11Mendez-Laing
  • 12McDermott
  • 22Redshaw
  • 24Allen
  • 25Logan
  • 27Cannon

Bristol Rovers

  • 31Lumley
  • 34Partington
  • 4LockyerBooked at 32mins
  • 33Sweeney
  • 3Brown
  • 23BodinSubstituted forMontañoat 90'minutes
  • 8O Clarke
  • 14Lines
  • 24Sinclair
  • 29James
  • 9HarrisonSubstituted forGaffneyat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Leadbitter
  • 7Mansell
  • 21Montaño
  • 22Moore
  • 25Puddy
  • 30Gaffney
  • 35Burn
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
3,168

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

Jamie Allen (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Cristian Montaño replaces Billy Bodin.

Hand ball by Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers).

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Harrison McGahey (Rochdale).

Attempt saved. Luke James (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Rory Gaffney replaces Ellis Harrison.

Luke James (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mark Kitching (Rochdale).

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Joe Lumley (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Jamie Allen replaces Oliver Rathbone.

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

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Callum Camps (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ben Wilson.

Attempt saved. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Donal McDermott (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Keith Keane.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Donal McDermott replaces Reuben Noble-Lazarus.

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Hand ball by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

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

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Booking

Callum Camps (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

Booking

Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Luke James (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale).

Attempt blocked. Mark Kitching (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Sheff Utd3018662360
2Scunthorpe2917752658
3Bolton2815671551
4Fleetwood3014971351
5Bradford30121441250
6Southend2912107746
7Rochdale2814410546
8Peterborough291289644
9Millwall291289444
10Bristol Rovers3012711-243
11Walsall3010128-142
12Charlton289136840
13Oxford Utd2710710437
14Wimbledon289109137
15MK Dons289811135
16Northampton309615-733
17Gillingham298912-933
18Shrewsbury308814-1232
19Port Vale288812-1432
20Swindon297814-1529
21Oldham2961013-1328
22Bury307617-1327
23Chesterfield297517-1826
24Coventry294916-2121
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