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Rochdale 1-2 Coventry City

Coventry bolstered their bid for automatic promotion as goals from Michael Rose and Matty Godden gave them victory at Rochdale.

Aaron Wilbraham pulled one back for the home side but Mark Robins' men ran out worthy winners.

The Sky Blues were ahead just four minutes in, Liam Walsh's cross from the left looping over Robert Sanchez in the Dale goal and picking out the run of Rose, who climbed above the back-pedalling defence to head home.

Dale were denied when Ian Henderson met Rhys Norrington-Davies' cross and volleyed on target, Marko Marosi scrambling the ball onto the foot of the post.

Coventry doubled their lead in the 71st minute when the home side ran into trouble attempting to play out from the back. Fankaty Dabo intercepted a loose pass and fed Jamie Allen and when he picked out Godden, the frontman fired across Sanchez and into the corner of the net.

Dale kept the game alive when Wilbraham scored a scrappy goal just 60 seconds later but the visitors saw the rest of the game out comfortably to end the day in second place.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 25Sánchez
  • 41MathesonBooked at 41mins
  • 6O'ConnellSubstituted forMcNultyat 45'minutes
  • 15McShaneBooked at 50mins
  • 3Norrington-Davies
  • 22BaahSubstituted forDoneat 39'minutes
  • 20Ryan
  • 21Lund
  • 7DooleySubstituted forWilbrahamat 63'minutes
  • 10Camps
  • 40HendersonBooked at 78mins

Substitutes

  • 4McNulty
  • 8Williams
  • 11Smith
  • 12Lynch
  • 13Keohane
  • 16Done
  • 18Wilbraham

Coventry

  • 1Marosi
  • 4Rose
  • 5McFadzean
  • 15Hyam
  • 23Dabo
  • 6Kelly
  • 20Walsh
  • 31McCallumBooked at 21mins
  • 8AllenSubstituted forShipleyat 85'minutes
  • 17O'Hare
  • 24GoddenSubstituted forBiamouat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Biamou
  • 13Wilson
  • 16Pask
  • 18Giles
  • 21Bakayoko
  • 25Westbrooke
  • 26Shipley
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
4,356

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 1, Coventry City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 1, Coventry City 2.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Dominic Hyam.

Attempt blocked. Paul McShane (Rochdale) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Jimmy Ryan with a cross.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Liam Kelly.

Attempt blocked. Matt Done (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Wilbraham with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Callum O'Hare (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Maxime Biamou replaces Matt Godden.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jordan Shipley replaces Jamie Allen.

Attempt missed. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

Offside, Coventry City. Liam Walsh tries a through ball, but Jamie Allen is caught offside.

Callum O'Hare (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Rochdale).

Offside, Rochdale. Jimmy Ryan tries a through ball, but Aaron Wilbraham is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Liam Kelly (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Rhys Norrington-Davies (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Walsh (Coventry City).

Booking

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Fankaty Dabo (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Matthew Lund (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Kelly (Coventry City).

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Luke Matheson.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Paul McShane.

Attempt blocked. Matt Godden (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Walsh.

Attempt missed. Jamie Allen (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sam McCallum.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 1, Coventry City 2. Aaron Wilbraham (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jimmy Ryan.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 0, Coventry City 2. Matt Godden (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Allen.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Aaron Wilbraham replaces Stephen Dooley.

Attempt blocked. Callum Camps (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ian Henderson.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Paul McShane.

Attempt saved. Matt Godden (Coventry City) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kyle McFadzean with a headed pass.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Luke Matheson.

Stephen Dooley (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Kelly (Coventry City).

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

Kyle McFadzean (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Matthew Lund (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Kelly (Coventry City).

goal

As It Stood

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2Coventry311612345291660
3Wycombe3317884437759
4Sunderland32169745261957
5Peterborough331671065392655
6Fleetwood31159747351254
7Portsmouth31158845311453
8Ipswich331410945321352
9Oxford Utd32149953341951
10Gillingham33121473930950
11Doncaster321391047321548
12Burton321210104544146
13Bristol Rovers32119123545-1042
14Accrington32109134648-239
15Lincoln City34116174144-339
16Blackpool31911113939038
17Shrewsbury31911112636-1038
18MK Dons32106163442-836
19Rochdale3296173653-1733
20Wimbledon33710163751-1431
21Tranmere3158182956-2723
22Southend3337233582-4716
23Bolton3058172462-3811
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