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Rochdale 2-1 Fleetwood Town

An 86th-minute winner from substitute Steven Davies handed Rochdale their first victory of the season as Keith Hill's side beat high-flying Fleetwood at Spotland.

The former Bradford striker rose above keeper Chris Neal to meet Joe Bunney's cross and nod home.

Rochdale looked the more threatening early on and took the lead in the 10th minute when Matty Lund got above Bobby Grant in the six-yard area to meet Donal McDermott's cross with a firm header into the roof of the net.

Fleetwood were handed a equaliser in the 23rd minute when Harrison McGahey needlessly fouled Chris Long wide on the left-hand edge of the penalty area, referee Mark Heywood rightly awarding a penalty kick which was duly despatched by former Dale player Grant.

Long proved a real pest to the home side for the rest of the half, going close to scoring on two occasions only to see his low drives blocked by Josh Lillis in the home goal.

But Davies' header separated the teams after an evenly contested second half.

Reports supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Rochdale

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Lillis
  • 15ThompsonSubstituted forDaviesat 63'minutes
  • 6McGaheyBooked at 23mins
  • 4McNulty
  • 18Keane
  • 12McDermottSubstituted forOdelusiat 64'minutes
  • 10Camps
  • 8LundBooked at 70mins
  • 7Vincenti
  • 40HendersonSubstituted forAndrewat 76'minutes
  • 39BunneyBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 9Andrew
  • 19Davies
  • 20Barry-Murphy
  • 25Logan
  • 28Morley
  • 29Odelusi
  • 45Hollins

Fleetwood

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1NealBooked at 58mins
  • 2McLaughlinBooked at 19minsSubstituted forDuckworthat 45'minutes
  • 6Pond
  • 5Eastham
  • 3Bell
  • 15NirennoldSubstituted forJónssonat 45'minutes
  • 11Grant
  • 34Dempsey
  • 19Long
  • 10Ball
  • 44ColeSubstituted forWoolfordat 77'minutesBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 4Jónsson
  • 12Bolger
  • 16Duckworth
  • 21Cairns
  • 22Hunter
  • 23Woolford
  • 45Jakubiak
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
2,499

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamFleetwood
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rochdale 2, Fleetwood Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rochdale 2, Fleetwood Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Eggert Jónsson (Fleetwood Town).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by David Ball (Fleetwood Town).

  6. Post update

    Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Chris Long (Fleetwood Town).

  9. Post update

    Keith Keane (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Booking

    Joe Bunney (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Michael Duckworth (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Steve Davies (Rochdale).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

  14. Post update

    Amari'i Bell (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Rochdale 2, Fleetwood Town 1. Steve Davies (Rochdale) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Joe Bunney with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Callum Camps.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Harrison McGahey.

  19. Post update

    Kyle Dempsey (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Steve Davies (Rochdale).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe75111871116
2Bolton8431107315
3Bury8422149514
4Bradford8350106414
5Port Vale8422119214
6Sheff Utd84131011-113
7Fleetwood8332139412
8Millwall83321414012
9Peterborough83231511411
10Chesterfield83231210211
11Northampton825198111
12Oxford Utd832388011
13Gillingham83231215-311
14Charlton723210919
15Walsall8233911-29
16MK Dons8233810-29
17Wimbledon82241013-38
18Swindon7223710-38
19Oldham815247-38
20Southend8224914-58
21Bristol Rovers7142911-27
22Shrewsbury8215813-57
23Rochdale8134811-36
24Coventry805338-55
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