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Exeter City 0-1 Rochdale

Jamie Allen

Rochdale kept up their push for automatic promotion from League Two with victory at Exeter.

The Grecians are without a win at St James Park since 5 October and they went down to Jamie Allen's goal on the stroke of half-time.

John O'Flynn blazed a gilt-edged chance over for the hosts, and Allen made them pay when he tapped in after his first effort was saved.

Matthew Lund hit a post for Dale as Exeter struggled after the break.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I thought we managed the game with and without the game superbly. We created really good opportunities.

"It's great to get a clean sheet. Clean sheets ultimately, for me, win games.

"We trust every one of these players and they trust me with the decision-making.

"My players are free of pressure. We've already achieved an enormous amount this season and we'll continue to do that as long as we play happy."

Line-ups

Exeter

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 30Pym
  • 2Butterfield
  • 3Woodman
  • 8Oakley
  • 6Coles
  • 4Bennett
  • 7Sercombe
  • 29Grimes
  • 19O'FlynnSubstituted forWheelerat 76'minutes
  • 22KeohaneSubstituted forNicholsat 45'minutes
  • 11DaviesSubstituted forRichardsat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Richards
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 20Nichols
  • 25Parkin
  • 32Wheeler
  • 33Hamon
  • 35Gill

Rochdale

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 16Done
  • 4Cavanagh
  • 6Lancashire
  • 22O'ConnellBooked at 29mins
  • 40Henderson
  • 12LundSubstituted forKennedyat 90'minutes
  • 11HoganSubstituted forVincentiat 70'minutes
  • 24AllenBooked at 35minsSubstituted forDonnellyat 70'minutes
  • 25Rose

Substitutes

  • 5Eastham
  • 7Vincenti
  • 8Kennedy
  • 9Donnelly
  • 10Gray
  • 15Porter
  • 21Thomson
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
3,169

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Exeter City 0, Rochdale 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Exeter City 0, Rochdale 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Coles (Exeter City).

  4. Post update

    Jack O'Connell (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Jason Kennedy replaces Matthew Lund.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Daniel Coles.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Michael Rose.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Oakley (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  13. Post update

    Eliot Richards (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces John O'Flynn.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Oliver Lancashire.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Matthew Lund.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Matt Oakley (Exeter City).

  20. Post update

    Matthew Lund (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.