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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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Rochdale 1, Bristol Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 1, Bristol Rovers 2.

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

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Alfie Kilgour.

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

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

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Anssi Jaakkola.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Rollin Menayese.

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

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Booking

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Rollin Menayese replaces Alex Rodman.

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

Foul by Tyler Smith (Bristol Rovers).

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Calvin Andrew replaces Oliver Rathbone.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Tyler Smith replaces Victor Adeboyejo.

Foul by Eoghan O'Connell (Rochdale).

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

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Anssi Jaakkola.

Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Offside, Rochdale. Aaron Morley tries a through ball, but Ian Henderson is caught offside.

Fabio Tavares (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Kelly (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt saved. Eoghan O'Connell (Rochdale) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Aaron Morley.

Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Fabio Tavares (Rochdale).

Luke Leahy (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Matheson.

Attempt missed. Luke Matheson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Fabio Tavares.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Luke Leahy tries a through ball, but Victor Adeboyejo is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Anssi Jaakkola.

Attempt saved. Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Eoghan O'Connell.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Fabio Tavares replaces Matt Done.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Luke Leahy replaces Ed Upson.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Ollie Clarke.

Rekeil Pyke (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

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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