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Rochdale 0-3 Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn recorded a third straight win with a comfortable victory against Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena.

Richie Smallwood's 10th-minute opener was followed by second-half strikes from Marcus Antonsson and Danny Graham as Rochdale remained winless.

The visitors took the lead when Smallwood volleyed Elliott Bennett's cross past Brendan Moore from eight yards.

Rovers could have doubled their lead before the break with Antonsson curling an effort wide of the far post and Dominic Samuel seeing his cross-shot palmed over by Moore.

After the break, Antonsson was denied by Moore when he met Craig Conway's cross from the left at the back post with a downward header.

But the Swede went one better in the 57th minute when Samuel's goalbound header was deflected into his path off the back of Jim McNulty and he stroked home a neat finish from seven yards.

MJ Williams struck the crossbar for the home side but the game was up in the 80th minute when Harry Chapman's attempt to dribble the ball into the area was foiled by Moore - but the goalkeeper spilled possession to substitute Graham, who rounded him and slotted into the empty net.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 22Moore
  • 6McGahey
  • 4McNulty
  • 29Daniels
  • 39Bunney
  • 27Cannon
  • 12Williams
  • 32KitchingSubstituted forInmanat 70'minutes
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forRathboneat 59'minutes
  • 19DaviesSubstituted forGillamat 81'minutes
  • 16Done

Substitutes

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 5Canavan
  • 8Brown
  • 14Rathbone
  • 17Inman
  • 36Gillam

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 16Caddis
  • 15Ward
  • 25Downing
  • 3Williams
  • 31Bennett
  • 6Smallwood
  • 29Evans
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forChapmanat 65'minutes
  • 9SamuelSubstituted forGrahamat 76'minutes
  • 20AntonssonSubstituted forDackat 62'minutesBooked at 70mins

Substitutes

  • 4Harper
  • 8Chapman
  • 10Graham
  • 11Whittingham
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 22Gladwin
  • 23Dack
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
6,524

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home0
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 0, Blackburn Rovers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 0, Blackburn Rovers 3.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Joe Bunney.

Attempt blocked. Matt Done (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Harrison McGahey (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers).

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

Foul by Harry Chapman (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Matthew Gillam replaces Steve Davies.

Attempt missed. Matt Done (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 0, Blackburn Rovers 3. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Harry Chapman.

Foul by Harry Chapman (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Graham replaces Dominic Samuel.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Paul Downing.

Jordan Williams (Rochdale) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Williams (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Harry Chapman (Blackburn Rovers).

Joe Bunney (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Elliott Ward (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Oliver Rathbone.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Bradden Inman replaces Mark Kitching.

Booking

Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Brendan Moore.

Attempt saved. Elliott Ward (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Paul Caddis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Harry Chapman replaces Craig Conway.

Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Bradley Dack replaces Marcus Antonsson.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury651094516
2Charlton6501137615
3Peterborough6411137613
4Bradford6411127513
5Scunthorpe633082612
6Oxford Utd6321103711
7Blackpool632186211
8Wigan531183510
9Fleetwood531185310
10Blackburn530210649
11Rotherham630310829
12Bristol Rovers63031012-29
13Walsall62229908
14Portsmouth62226608
15MK Dons621347-37
16Doncaster613267-16
17Southend6132712-56
18Wimbledon611437-44
19Bury6114611-54
20Plymouth6114510-54
21Rochdale603339-63
22Northampton5104310-73
23Gillingham6024410-62
24Oldham6015714-71
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