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Rochdale 3-1 Exeter City

Graham Cummins

Rochdale remained in third place in League Two after a hard-fought win over mid-table Exeter City.

Michael Rose fired the hosts into the lead with a curled left-footed free-kick which crept inside the near post.

Exeter equalised when John O'Flynn's cross found Alan Gow 10 yards out and he coolly finished with his left foot.

Graham Cummins nodded in a deep Matthew Lund cross to restore the lead before Andrew Tutte turned into space and fired home a right-footed strike.

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Post-match: Rochdale boss Hill

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We were reasonably comfortable. I thought it was a good, technical game. We just edged it.

"I've got a lot of respect for (Exeter manager) Paul Tisdale, the way he sets up and the way he wants to play.

"It was a very open game, without too many goalscoring opportunities, but I do believe we deserved it."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 25Rose
  • 5Eastham
  • 6Lancashire
  • 22O'Connell
  • 8Tutte
  • 12Lund
  • 29Cummins
  • 11HoganSubstituted forDoneat 81'minutes
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 7Vincenti
  • 14Héry
  • 16Done
  • 21Thomson
  • 24Allen
  • 38Dicker
  • 39Bunney

Exeter

  • 1Krysiak
  • 4Bennett
  • 3Woodman
  • 10GowSubstituted forKeohaneat 75'minutes
  • 6Coles
  • 5BaldwinBooked at 38minsSubstituted forButterfieldat 81'minutes
  • 11Davies
  • 7Sercombe
  • 25ParkinSubstituted forWheelerat 68'minutes
  • 35Gill
  • 19O'Flynn

Substitutes

  • 2Butterfield
  • 14Doherty
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 20Nichols
  • 22Keohane
  • 30Pym
  • 32Wheeler
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
2,428

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home7
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home2
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 3, Exeter City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 3, Exeter City 1.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Arron Davies.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 3, Exeter City 1. Andrew Tutte (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

Graham Cummins (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Coles (Exeter City).

Attempt saved. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Matt Done replaces Scott Hogan.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Danny Butterfield replaces Pat Baldwin.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jimmy Keohane replaces Alan Gow.

Attempt missed. Alan Gow (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces Sam Parkin.

Foul by Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale).

Alan Gow (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 2, Exeter City 1. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) header from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Scott Bennett (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Scott Hogan (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Artur Krysiak.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Joseph Rafferty.

Attempt missed. Alan Gow (Exeter City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 1, Exeter City 1. Alan Gow (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Rochdale 1, Exeter City 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Rochdale 1, Exeter City 0.

Attempt missed. Alan Gow (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Liam Sercombe.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Scott Bennett.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Oliver Lancashire.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 1, Exeter City 0. Michael Rose (Rochdale) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Booking

Pat Baldwin (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

Scott Hogan (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Pat Baldwin (Exeter City).

Andrew Tutte (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Parkin (Exeter City).

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Ashley Eastham.

Attempt missed. Andrew Tutte (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Foul by Matthew Gill (Exeter City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Oxford Utd1795329141532
2Chesterfield1795325141132
3Rochdale1710252821732
4Fleetwood17101631211031
5Southend179262215729
6Newport177642419527
7Burton178362120127
8Scunthorpe177641920-127
9Dag & Red177552522326
10Wimbledon177462220225
11Morecambe177462325-225
12Hartlepool177372119224
13Exeter177372122-124
14Plymouth176471317-422
15Wycombe166372121021
16Mansfield175662023-321
17Cheltenham175662328-521
18Portsmouth165562428-420
19York174582327-417
20Accrington174581623-717
21Bury173681822-415
22Bristol Rovers173681320-715
23Torquay173591829-1114
24Northampton1734101424-1013
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