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Gillingham 2-2 Rochdale

John Akinde's stoppage-time equaliser denied Rochdale a first league win in six games as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Gillingham.

The visitors almost went ahead in the opening minutes as Ollie Rathbone twice forced Gills goalkeeper Jack Bonham into fingertip saves with dipping efforts from distance.

Matty Lund squandered an even better chance for Dale as he miscued a header when unmarked six yards out.

The Gills went ahead on the stroke of half-time when Vadaine Oliver fired home after Gavin Bazunu's excellent save from his first attempt fortuitously rebounded to him.

Bazunu kept his side in the game seven minutes after the break when he brilliantly kept out Connor Ogilvie's bullet header from Jordan Graham's delivery.

Dale drew level when Jimmy Keohane slotted past Bonham having been played through on goal by Lund's chipped pass.

Irish midfielder Keohane completed a six-minute turnaround for Brian Barry-Murphy's side as he fired the ball into the bottom corner from just inside the box after 75 minutes.

But substitute Akinde latched onto Kyle Dempsey's header to volley past Bazunu and rescue a point for Gillingham in the third minute of stoppage time.

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Line-ups

Gillingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bonham
  • 2Jackson
  • 5Tucker
  • 3Ogilvie
  • 21O'Connor
  • 8Dempsey
  • 20SlatterySubstituted forWillockat 89'minutes
  • 10Graham
  • 11Lee
  • 16MacDonaldSubstituted forJohnsonat 76'minutes
  • 19OliverBooked at 64minsSubstituted forAkindeat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4O'Keefe
  • 7Willock
  • 12Walsh
  • 14McKenzie
  • 15Akinde
  • 17Johnson
  • 30Lintott

Rochdale

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Bazunu
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 3Osho
  • 15Roberts
  • 13Keohane
  • 22BaahBooked at 85minsSubstituted forHopperat 85'minutes
  • 8Morley
  • 14Rathbone
  • 7Dooley
  • 21LundBooked at 11mins
  • 10Newby

Substitutes

  • 11Beesley
  • 16Done
  • 17Tavares
  • 18Bradley
  • 23Hopper
  • 24Brierley
Referee:
Christopher Pollard

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Gillingham 2, Rochdale 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Gillingham 2, Rochdale 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Gillingham 2, Rochdale 2. John Akinde (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kyle Dempsey with a headed pass.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Matty Willock replaces Callum Slattery.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jack Bonham.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Newby (Rochdale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jimmy Keohane (Rochdale).

  8. Post update

    Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Harrison Hopper replaces Kwadwo Baah.

  10. Booking

    Kwadwo Baah (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Callum Slattery (Gillingham).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Callum Slattery (Gillingham).

  15. Post update

    Ryan McLaughlin (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Tyreke Johnson (Gillingham).

  17. Post update

    Ryan McLaughlin (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Olly Lee (Gillingham).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

  20. Post update

    Thomas O'Connor (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull23143640202045
2Lincoln City22143534191545
3Peterborough22133636211542
4Portsmouth22125537191841
5Doncaster20123535211439
6Charlton2410773732537
7Sunderland2299429171236
8Crewe2410683328536
9Ipswich2111282623335
10Accrington1910362521433
11Oxford Utd219483227531
12Fleetwood238692922730
13Gillingham2393112629-330
14Plymouth238693139-830
15MK Dons237792929028
16Blackpool218492124-328
17Shrewsbury215972126-524
18Rochdale2358103543-823
19Bristol Rovers2164112233-1122
20Wimbledon2357112641-1522
21Northampton2264122038-1822
22Wigan2256112438-1421
23Swindon2363143147-1621
24Burton2437142951-2216
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