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Rochdale 3-4 AFC Wimbledon

Joe Pigott scored a hat-trick as AFC Wimbledon breathed life into their League One survival fight with a dramatic 4-3 win at relegation rivals Rochdale.

Pigott completed his treble with a stoppage-time penalty to hand the visitors victory.

Dale took the lead after just two minutes, Joe Bunney's free-kick swept home by Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

Anthony Wordsworth struck the foot of the post from the edge of the area before teeing up Pigott who fired a low drive into the bottom corner of Andy Lonergan's net to level the scores after 36 minutes.

Ethan Hamilton restored Dale's lead in the 37th minute when he swivelled away from a marker on the apex of the penalty area before slamming a fierce shot wide of Aaron Ramsdale at his near post.

Pigott netted his second early in the second half to level the scores again and the Dons took the lead with a superbly worked goal in the 76th minute.

Pigott was involved again when he backheeled the ball into the path of Wordsworth, who galloped free into the area and side-footed into the net.

Ian Henderson fired home after Matt Done's shot was parried by Ramsdale after 81 minutes, but Pigott clinched the points with a successful spot-kick after Steve Seddon was fouled by Luke Matheson in the 94th minute.

Report supplied by Press Association

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 24Lonergan
  • 2McLaughlinSubstituted forMathesonat 64'minutes
  • 6Ebanks-Landell
  • 4McNulty
  • 39Bunney
  • 7DooleySubstituted forInmanat 80'minutes
  • 10Camps
  • 27Hamilton
  • 16Done
  • 30PykeSubstituted forAndrewat 80'minutes
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 5Delaney
  • 9Andrew
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 19Inman
  • 25Adshead
  • 31Wade
  • 41Matheson

Wimbledon

  • 35Ramsdale
  • 6Thomas
  • 5Nightingale
  • 26McDonaldBooked at 88mins
  • 20Sibbick
  • 38McLoughlinSubstituted forWagstaffat 75'minutes
  • 8Hartigan
  • 40WordsworthSubstituted forPinnockat 89'minutes
  • 15Seddon
  • 39PigottBooked at 90mins
  • 41FoliviSubstituted forJervisat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Watson
  • 7Wagstaff
  • 10Jervis
  • 11Pinnock
  • 17Barcham
  • 24McDonnell
  • 32Burey
Referee:
Michael Salisbury
Attendance:
2,410

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamWimbledon
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home18
Away22
Shots on Target
Home7
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away10
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 3, AFC Wimbledon 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 3, AFC Wimbledon 4.

Booking

Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 3, AFC Wimbledon 4. Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Callum Camps (Rochdale) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty AFC Wimbledon. Steve Seddon draws a foul in the penalty area.

Bradden Inman (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steve Seddon (AFC Wimbledon).

Attempt missed. Jake Jervis (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Mitchell Pinnock (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

Foul by Bradden Inman (Rochdale).

Anthony Hartigan (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Mitchell Pinnock replaces Anthony Wordsworth.

Attempt missed. Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Booking

Rod McDonald (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bradden Inman (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rod McDonald (AFC Wimbledon).

Attempt missed. Rod McDonald (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Rod McDonald (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Callum Camps (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Jervis (AFC Wimbledon).

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 3, AFC Wimbledon 3. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Back pass by Andy Lonergan (Rochdale).

(AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Bradden Inman replaces Stephen Dooley.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Calvin Andrew replaces Rekeil Pyke.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 2, AFC Wimbledon 3. Anthony Wordsworth (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Pigott.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Jake Jervis replaces Michael Folivi.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Scott Wagstaff replaces Shane McLoughlin.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Luke Matheson.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

Attempt missed. Steve Seddon (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Will Nightingale.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Aaron Ramsdale.

Attempt saved. Matt Done (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

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2Barnsley33199559283166
3Sunderland321614257322562
4Portsmouth331710655361961
5Charlton33168948331556
6Doncaster31158858391953
7Peterborough33141095144752
8Blackpool32121283428648
9Coventry33137133637-146
10Fleetwood33129124436845
11Burton331110124240243
12Wycombe331110124247-543
13Southend33124174344-140
14Accrington311010113342-940
15Scunthorpe33117154057-1740
16Plymouth33108154053-1338
17Gillingham33106174457-1336
18Walsall3398163453-1935
19Bristol Rovers32810143135-434
20Rochdale3397174167-2634
21Shrewsbury32712133444-1033
22Oxford Utd33712144052-1233
23Bradford3396183652-1633
24Wimbledon3385202751-2429
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