Exeter survived a Rochdale comeback to move into the play-off places.

The Grecians cruised ahead when Pat Baldwin finished after John O'Flynn's header was saved, and O'Flynn then converted Jamie Cureton's cross.

O'Flynn struck again when Craig Woodman's cross crept through for Exeter to go three up.

Terry Gornell pulled one back for Dale in the second half and then slotted home Andrew Tutte's cross before he was dismissed for kicking out.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Rochdale manager John Coleman told BBC Radio Manchester:

"Last week in the first half [in the 3-2 defeat by York] we were absolutely dreadful.

"This week, we were the better team and went in 3-0 down. We missed the best chances of the game and conceded a couple of sloppy goals.

"We'll take it on the chin and be encouraged and take heart from our performance."

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon:

"It's the fourth time I've been here as Exeter manager and every game has been terrific

"I'm glad we got the third goal because it was always going to be a different second half - they would respond, we learned that to our cost last April.

"Pat Baldwin is lethal from a yard out, if you run in on goal enough eventually the ball will come to you.

"It was a frantic finish. It's impossible at three up, no matter what people say, to go and play with as much freedom in the second half."

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Saturday, 8 December 2012

League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rochdale 2-3 Exeter FT
(HT 0-3)
  • Gornell 65
  • Gornell 90
  • Baldwin 24
  • O'Flynn 27
  • O'Flynn 38

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 02 Rafferty yellow card (Putterill 63)
  • 03 Bennett
  • 04 Cavanagh
  • 05 R Edwards yellow card
  • 12 P Edwards
  • 07 Kennedy yellow card
  • 08 Tutte
  • 09 Donnelly
  • 22 Grant yellow card
  • 27 Gornell red card

Substitutes

  • 31 Smith,
  • 19 Pearson,
  • 06 Barry-Murphy,
  • 11 Grimes,
  • 13 Putterill,
  • 23 Craney,
  • 15 Adebola

Exeter

  • 01 Krysiak
  • 02 Tully
  • 03 Woodman
  • 05 Baldwin
  • 06 Coles
  • 07 Sercombe
  • 08 Oakley
  • 22 Keohane (Davies 68)
  • 10 Gow (Dawson 82)
  • 12 Cureton
  • 19 O'Flynn (Amankwaah 82)

Substitutes

  • 24 Evans,
  • 16 Amankwaah,
  • 37 Moore-Taylor,
  • 11 Davies,
  • 23 Dawson,
  • 31 Chamberlain,
  • 35 Reid
Ref: Jeremy SimpsonAtt: 1,796
ROCHDALE
EXETER

Possession

  • Rochdale 67%
  • Exeter 33%

Attempts on target

  • Rochdale 18
  • Exeter 6

Attempts off target

  • Rochdale 13
  • Exeter 7

Corners

  • Rochdale 6
  • Exeter 3

Fouls

  • Rochdale 10
  • Exeter 4
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:53 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+3:20 Steve Tully restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+3:20 Sent off Terry Gornell receives a red card.
  • 90:00+2:40 Terry Gornell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Amankwaah.
  • 90:00+1:40 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by George Donnelly misses to the right of the target.
  • 89:57 Assist on the goal came from Andrew Tutte.
  • 89:57 GOAL - Terry GornellRochdale 2 - 3 Exeter Terry Gornell scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Rochdale 2-3 Exeter.
  • 88:37 A cross is delivered by George Donnelly, Artur Krysiak makes a save.
  • 88:07 Terry Gornell takes a shot. Artur Krysiak makes a save.
  • 87:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Arron Davies on Ray Putterill. Andrew Tutte restarts play with the free kick.
  • 87:33 Effort from the edge of the box by Jamie Cureton goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 86:27 Booking Jason Kennedy is shown a yellow card.
  • 86:14 Aaron Dawson fouled by Jason Kennedy, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Sercombe.
  • 85:54 The ball is sent over by Andrew Tutte, Liam Sercombe manages to make a clearance.
  • 85:15 Bobby Grant crosses the ball, Pat Baldwin manages to make a clearance.
  • 83:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Cureton on Rhys Bennett. Free kick taken by Rhys Bennett.
  • 81:20 Substitution John O'Flynn goes off and Kevin Amankwaah comes on.
  • 81:20 Substitution Aaron Dawson is brought on as a substitute for Alan Gow.
  • 79:51 Ryan Edwards takes a shot. Save by Artur Krysiak.
  • 79:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bobby Grant by Arron Davies. Peter Cavanagh restarts play with the free kick.
  • 78:39 Terry Gornell takes a shot. Save by Artur Krysiak.
  • 77:24 Andrew Tutte has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 76:48 Andrew Tutte produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 76:31 Bobby Grant takes a shot.
  • 76:02 Short corner taken by Jason Kennedy.
  • 74:28 Long range shot from Ray Putterill misses to the left of the target.
  • 71:34 The referee blows for offside against Jamie Cureton. Ryan Edwards takes the indirect free kick.
  • 69:15 Ray Putterill takes a shot. Danny Coles gets a block in.
  • 68:49 Terry Gornell takes a shot.
  • 67:30 Substitution (Exeter) makes a substitution, with Arron Davies coming on for Jimmy Keohane.
  • 67:12 Bobby Grant produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 66:38 Andrew Tutte takes a shot. Save by Artur Krysiak.
  • 66:19 Bobby Grant decides to take the corner short.
  • 66:02 George Donnelly takes a shot. Danny Coles gets a block in.
  • 65:00 GOAL - Terry GornellRochdale 1 - 3 Exeter A goal is scored by Terry Gornell from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rochdale 1-3 Exeter.
  • 63:45 The ball is crossed by Alan Gow.
  • 62:39 Substitution Ray Putterill comes on in place of Joe Rafferty.
  • 60:30 Inswinging corner taken by Jason Kennedy.
  • 60:05 Terry Gornell takes a shot. Save by Artur Krysiak.
  • 59:35 Bobby Grant takes a shot. Save by Artur Krysiak.
  • 57:44 Bobby Grant takes a shot. Save by Artur Krysiak.
  • 56:30 George Donnelly has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 55:55 Shot from just outside the area by Alan Gow goes over the bar.
  • 55:12 Phil Edwards produces a cross, save by Artur Krysiak.
  • 53:57 The ball is crossed by Bobby Grant.
  • 52:20 Liam Sercombe takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Rhys Bennett.
  • 51:37 Corner taken right-footed by Liam Sercombe to the near post, Bobby Grant makes a clearance.
  • 47:47 Joe Rafferty gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Cureton. Free kick taken by Alan Gow.
  • 47:04 George Donnelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Artur Krysiak. Free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.
  • 46:37 The ball is delivered by Joe Rafferty, save made by Artur Krysiak.
  • 45:12 Bobby Grant takes a shot. Blocked by Pat Baldwin.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:09 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+1:52 Bobby Grant takes a shot. Blocked by Pat Baldwin.
  • 45:00+0:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Gow by Rhys Bennett. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Alan Gow, blocked by Steve Tully.
  • 44:35 Andrew Tutte takes a shot. Artur Krysiak makes a save.
  • 39:53 Terry Gornell takes a shot. Artur Krysiak makes a save.
  • 39:10 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jamie Cureton. Rhys Bennett restarts play with the free kick.
  • 37:21 GOAL - John O'FlynnRochdale 0 - 3 Exeter John O'Flynn finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rochdale 0-3 Exeter.
  • 36:27 Andrew Tutte has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 33:30 Header by Jamie Cureton from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
  • 33:10 The assistant referee flags for offside against Rhys Bennett. Free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.
  • 32:10 Corner from left by-line taken by Jason Kennedy.
  • 31:11 The referee gives a free kick against Matt Oakley for handball. Direct free kick taken by Andrew Tutte.
  • 29:42 Jamie Cureton takes a shot. Josh Lillis makes a save.
  • 28:37 Terry Gornell fouled by Pat Baldwin, the ref awards a free kick. Bobby Grant takes the direct free kick.
  • 26:59 George Donnelly takes a shot. Save by Artur Krysiak.
  • 26:02 Assist by Jamie Cureton.
  • 26:02 GOAL - John O'FlynnRochdale 0 - 2 Exeter John O'Flynn scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Rochdale 0-2 Exeter.
  • 25:50 A cross is delivered by Jamie Cureton,
  • 23:09 GOAL - Pat BaldwinRochdale 0 - 1 Exeter Pat Baldwin fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rochdale 0-1 Exeter.
  • 22:37 Booking Booking for Joe Rafferty for unsporting behaviour.
  • 22:08 Jimmy Keohane fouled by Joe Rafferty, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Matt Oakley.
  • 21:17 Booking Bobby Grant receives a caution.
  • 21:13 Bobby Grant is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.
  • 19:44 John O'Flynn is caught offside. Rhys Bennett restarts play with the free kick.
  • 18:29 Booking Booking for Ryan Edwards for unsporting behaviour.
  • 18:16 Ryan Edwards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Gow. Matt Oakley takes the free kick.
  • 16:43 Headed effort from inside the area by George Donnelly misses to the right of the goal.
  • 15:08 Foul by Rhys Bennett on John O'Flynn, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Matt Oakley.
  • 14:33 Jimmy Keohane decides to take a short corner.
  • 14:12 Bobby Grant takes a shot. Save by Artur Krysiak.
  • 13:54 Matt Oakley takes a shot. Jason Kennedy gets a block in.
  • 12:00 Peter Cavanagh challenges Liam Sercombe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Gow has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
  • 11:22 Bobby Grant gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Gow. Matt Oakley takes the direct free kick.
  • 8:30 Shot from just outside the area by Alan Gow misses to the right of the target.
  • 7:53 Jimmy Keohane has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 7:29 Andrew Tutte has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 7:01 Short corner taken by Jason Kennedy from the left by-line.
  • 6:20 Bobby Grant takes a shot. Save made by Artur Krysiak.
  • 6:03 Short corner worked by Bobby Grant.
  • 5:42 Andrew Tutte takes a shot. Blocked by Pat Baldwin.
  • 3:56 Terry Gornell takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Coles.
  • 2:54 Effort on goal by Jamie Cureton from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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