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Rochdale 0-0 Bristol Rovers

Rochdale earned a share of the spoils in a goalless draw against Bristol Rovers despite playing out the second half with 10 men.

Dale had goalkeeper Magnus Norman dismissed on the stroke of half-time but his replacement, Josh Lillis, frustrated Rovers.

Rovers striker Stefan Payne had the best effort of the first half, smashing a 20-yard drive against the underside of Norman's crossbar.

Liam Sercombe teed-up a gilt-edged chance for Ollie Clarke when he skipped past Jim McNulty and allowed the ball to run to the Pirates' captain. Clarke had a clear view of goal but was denied by a fine save from Norman.

However, the goalkeeper, on-loan from Fulham, turned from hero to villain when he was dismissed in first-half stoppage-time after bringing down Payne as the striker bore down on goal.

After the break, substitute goalkeeper Lillis pulled off fine saves to twice deny Sercombe - one a point-blank effort from a tight angle, the other a rising 25-yard drive.

At the other end, Rovers keeper Jack Bonham denied Ollie Rathbone and Brad Inman.

Match report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 24NormanBooked at 45mins
  • 2Rafferty
  • 6McGahey
  • 4McNultySubstituted forLillisat 45+3'minutes
  • 21HartBooked at 90mins
  • 17Perkins
  • 8Williams
  • 14Rathbone
  • 40Henderson
  • 36GillamSubstituted forWilliamsat 21'minutes
  • 19InmanBooked at 71minsSubstituted forCannonat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lillis
  • 5Delaney
  • 9Andrew
  • 11Williams
  • 26Clough
  • 27Cannon
  • 28Morley

Bristol Rovers

  • 13Bonham
  • 22Partington
  • 15J Clarke
  • 16Broadbent
  • 5CraigBooked at 39minsSubstituted forMartinat 69'minutes
  • 7Sercombe
  • 14Lines
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 54mins
  • 23Bennett
  • 24SinclairSubstituted forReillyat 45'minutes
  • 9PayneSubstituted forJakubiakat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Leadbitter
  • 6Upson
  • 17Jakubiak
  • 20Reilly
  • 21Smith
  • 27Menayese
  • 29Martin
Referee:
Matt Donohue
Attendance:
2,301

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home19
Away18
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

David Perkins (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Martin (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by M.J. Williams.

Attempt blocked. Joe Partington (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Sam Hart (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sam Hart (Rochdale).

James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jordan Williams (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Chris Lines.

Attempt blocked. Sam Hart (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt saved. Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Oliver Rathbone.

Attempt blocked. Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Alex Jakubiak (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Jordan Williams (Rochdale).

Tom Broadbent (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Sam Hart (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gavin Reilly (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Gavin Reilly (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Andrew Cannon (Rochdale).

Joe Martin (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by David Perkins.

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Williams (Rochdale).

Joe Martin (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Andrew Cannon replaces Bradden Inman.

Attempt missed. Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by James Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

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

Foul by Joe Martin (Bristol Rovers).

Booking

Bradden Inman (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Bradden Inman (Rochdale).

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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1Portsmouth118302181327
2Peterborough1173128151324
3Doncaster116321810821
4Sunderland1155122121020
5Accrington115511411320
6Barnsley105411971219
7Walsall115421412219
8Charlton115331816218
9Scunthorpe114521821-317
10Luton114431413116
11Southend115151516-116
12Blackpool10361107315
13Fleetwood113531511414
14Coventry11335812-412
15Rochdale113351523-812
16Burton103251113-211
17Wimbledon11326915-611
18Bristol Rovers11245911-210
19Bradford11317815-710
20Shrewsbury11164911-29
21Wycombe111641217-59
22Gillingham102261320-78
23Oxford Utd111281123-125
24Plymouth11047820-124
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