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Rochdale 1-2 Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers survived Rochdale's second-half onslaught to hang on for victory at the Crown Oil Arena.

Graham Coughlan's men caught the home side cold with two early goals, taking the lead in the eighth minute when Liam Sercombe's corner was nodded back into the mix by Tony Craig and Victor Adeboyejo hooked the ball past Jay Lynch.

Rovers doubled their lead in the 11th minute courtesy of an own goal, Eoghan O'Connell diverting a vicious cross from Michael Kelly past Lynch.

Callum Camps pulled one back for Rochdale in the 43rd minute, poking home Ollie Rathbone's nod down after a fine cross from Luke Matheson.

And though Dale bossed the second half, Rovers goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola frustrated the home supporters with saves to deny Rekeil Pyke, Ian Henderson and Rathbone.

The Rovers backline came under intense pressure for long spells but the visitors saw the game out for their first win in four games and lie just a point outside the play-off places.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Rochdale

Formation 4-3-3

  • 12Lynch
  • 41Matheson
  • 6O'Connell
  • 15McShane
  • 3Norrington-Davies
  • 14RathboneSubstituted forAndrewat 81'minutes
  • 8WilliamsSubstituted forPykeat 62'minutes
  • 28Morley
  • 10Camps
  • 40Henderson
  • 16DoneSubstituted forTavaresat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Andrew
  • 11Pyke
  • 13Keohane
  • 20Ryan
  • 31Wade
  • 35Bradley
  • 37Tavares

Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-5-1

  • 32Jaakkola
  • 2Little
  • 15KilgourBooked at 37mins
  • 5Craig
  • 18Kelly
  • 33RodmanSubstituted forMenayeseat 86'minutes
  • 4OgogoBooked at 87mins
  • 6UpsonSubstituted forLeahyat 71'minutes
  • 8O Clarke
  • 7Sercombe
  • 29AdeboyejoSubstituted forSmithat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1van Stappershoef
  • 10Nichols
  • 11Leahy
  • 17Smith
  • 23Bennett
  • 24Menayese
  • 36Hargreaves
Referee:
Martin Coy
Attendance:
3,038

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rochdale 1, Bristol Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rochdale 1, Bristol Rovers 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fabio Tavares with a headed pass.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Alfie Kilgour.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

  6. Post update

    Tyler Smith (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Anssi Jaakkola.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Rollin Menayese.

  9. Post update

    Luke Matheson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

  11. Booking

    Abu Ogogo (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fabio Tavares (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Rollin Menayese replaces Alex Rodman.

  14. Post update

    Paul McShane (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Tyler Smith (Bristol Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Leahy (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Abu Ogogo with a headed pass.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Calvin Andrew replaces Oliver Rathbone.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Tyler Smith replaces Victor Adeboyejo.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Eoghan O'Connell (Rochdale).

  20. Post update

    Abu Ogogo (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe1696125141133
2Ipswich1493224101430
3Peterborough1684439221728
4Oxford Utd1675433191426
5Fleetwood158252719826
6Coventry166822018226
7Sunderland157442216625
8Blackpool166732219325
9Bristol Rovers167451919025
10Rotherham1573524131124
11Doncaster146532416823
12Shrewsbury155641215-321
13Burton145541815320
14Rochdale165472027-719
15Portsmouth144641615118
16Gillingham164662020018
17Lincoln City165381821-318
18Tranmere154472028-816
19Accrington163671726-915
20Wimbledon163492026-613
21MK Dons1641111325-1213
22Southend1612131644-285
23Bolton13247729-22-2
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