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Rochdale 1-1 Bristol Rovers

Mid-table duo Rochdale and Bristol Rovers shared the spoils after an evenly-contested clash at the Crown Oil Arena ended 1-1.

Rovers took a ninth-minute lead when Sam Nicholson picked the pocket of Jimmy Ryan and advanced towards goal before sending a low drive wide of Gavin Bazunu in the Dale goal.

The home side came close to an immediate equaliser as Jake Beesley's glancing header narrowly cleared the crossbar before Matt Lund's fierce drive was saved by Anssi Jaakkola.

Dale's pressure paid off in the 25th minute when skipper Eoghan O'Connell lifted a pass over the Rovers rear-guard and Alex Newby raced through on goal, volleying a neat finish beyond Jaakkola.

Aaron Morley struck the crossbar with a swerving effort from distance as the home side finished the half strongly but Rovers came out after the interval and arguably shaded the second half.

Bazunu kept out shots from Zain Westbrook and Nicholson while O'Connell twice denied Brandon Hanlan with well-timed last-ditch challenges.

Dale's best chance of the half fell to O'Connell but the defender was unable to keep his shot down.

Report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Rochdale

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Bazunu
  • 2McLaughlinSubstituted forKeohaneat 81'minutes
  • 6O'ConnellBooked at 90mins
  • 15Roberts
  • 3Bola
  • 10Newby
  • 20RyanSubstituted forDooleyat 50'minutes
  • 8MorleySubstituted forTavaresat 79'minutes
  • 21LundBooked at 80mins
  • 14RathboneBooked at 50mins
  • 11Beesley

Substitutes

  • 4McNulty
  • 7Dooley
  • 12Lynch
  • 13Keohane
  • 16Done
  • 17Tavares
  • 24Brierley

Bristol Rovers

Formation 3-5-2

  • 32Jaakkola
  • 5Ehmer
  • 26Baldwin
  • 25Harries
  • 22Hare
  • 4GrantBooked at 34mins
  • 11NicholsonSubstituted forMcCormickat 79'minutes
  • 8Westbrooke
  • 24TutondaSubstituted forLeahyat 62'minutes
  • 17DalySubstituted forMitchell-Lawsonat 72'minutes
  • 9Hanlan

Substitutes

  • 1van Stappershoef
  • 3Leahy
  • 6Upson
  • 10Mitchell-Lawson
  • 14McCormick
  • 15Kilgour
  • 41Oztumer
Referee:
Steve Martin

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rochdale 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rochdale 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jake Beesley (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jimmy Keohane with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Luke McCormick (Bristol Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Eoghan O'Connell (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Josh Grant (Bristol Rovers).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Booking

    Eoghan O'Connell (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Jayden Mitchell-Lawson (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Eoghan O'Connell (Rochdale).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jimmy Keohane (Rochdale) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Oliver Rathbone.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alex Newby (Rochdale) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jimmy Keohane (Rochdale) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Lund.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Luke McCormick (Bristol Rovers).

  15. Post update

    Jake Beesley (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tolaji Bola (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alex Newby with a cross.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Jimmy Keohane replaces Ryan McLaughlin.

  18. Booking

    Matthew Lund (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Brandon Hanlan (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Peterborough107121991022
2Ipswich10712167922
3Lincoln City10712146822
4Hull10703169721
5Charlton9612115619
6Sunderland9531126618
7Portsmouth10523169717
8Doncaster9513169716
9Fleetwood10514138516
10Plymouth94321311215
11Wimbledon103431212013
12Accrington7403910-112
13Bristol Rovers93331013-312
14Rochdale103341015-512
15Crewe931588010
16Blackpool10316914-510
17Gillingham10316915-610
18Northampton103161020-1010
19MK Dons102351113-29
20Swindon83051114-39
21Wigan10217817-97
22Shrewsbury9135613-76
23Burton101361220-86
24Oxford Utd8206816-86
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