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Rochdale 2-1 Colchester United

Play-off hopefuls Rochdale deepened Colchester's relegation concerns in League One as they moved to within three points of the top six.

Dale, who are 13th, raced into a sixth-minute lead as Rhys Bennett headed the hosts ahead. Ian Henderson doubled the advantage after the break.

Chris Porter pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after Michael Rose fouled Colchester's Gavin Massey.

The defeat leaves Colchester two points adrift of safety.

Rochdale boss Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I think the lads have done terrifically well. There's peaks and troughs throughout any season, especially when you've been promoted.

"We insist on playing football and sometimes that can get misjudged.

"I'm energised with what I see everyday but sometimes I do get tired. I'm energised with the fact I've got a free week now."

Line-ups

Rochdale

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 19Jones
  • 27CannonSubstituted forDawsonat 70'minutes
  • 22O'Connell
  • 5Eastham
  • 33Kennedy
  • 25Rose
  • 3BennettBooked at 30mins
  • 7Vincenti
  • 24Allen
  • 40Henderson
  • 39BunneySubstituted forNoble-Lazarusat 78'minutesBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 1Lillis
  • 10Brandy
  • 11Noble-Lazarus
  • 12Dawson
  • 14Héry
  • 17Tanser
  • 26Logan

Colchester

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Walker
  • 2WynterSubstituted forSembie-Ferrisat 79'minutes
  • 5Osborne
  • 18Eastman
  • 15Briggs
  • 41Hewitt
  • 38Fox
  • 8Gilbey
  • 21Massey
  • 28Szmodics
  • 42PorterSubstituted forBonneat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Marriott
  • 12Lewington
  • 16Lawrence
  • 24Moncur
  • 25McEvoy
  • 27Bonne
  • 37Sembie-Ferris
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
2,625

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away7
Corners
Home12
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rochdale 2, Colchester United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rochdale 2, Colchester United 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Tom Kennedy.

  5. Post update

    Stephen Dawson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Briggs (Colchester United).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

  8. Post update

    Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Elliott Hewitt.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Rochdale).

  12. Post update

    Matthew Briggs (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Rhys Bennett.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jamie Jones.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Chris Porter.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Dion Sembie-Ferris replaces Alex Wynter.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Reuben Noble-Lazarus replaces Joe Bunney.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Fox (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Alex Wynter.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City35237567323576
2Preston34199655302566
3Swindon35197962382464
4MK Dons35188968373162
5Sheff Utd34158114841753
6Doncaster351311114443150
7Barnsley35155154748-150
8Peterborough35155154344-150
9Chesterfield34139124945448
10Bradford33139114238448
11Port Vale35146154548-348
12Fleetwood35139133639-348
13Rochdale331451458441447
14Gillingham351210135051-146
15Oldham341210124350-746
16Walsall351111133439-544
17Scunthorpe34119144652-642
18Crewe35126173459-2542
19Notts County34118153443-941
20Coventry34812143648-1236
21Leyton Orient3498174452-835
22Colchester3597194058-1834
23Crawley35810173660-2434
24Yeovil3589182850-2233
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