League Two
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Rochdale 3-0 Plymouth Argyle

Ian Henderson

Rochdale moved into the League Two automatic promotion places with a comprehensive win over 10-man Plymouth.

The hosts took an early lead when Ian Henderson and George Donnelly linked up to send Jamie Allen through to slide beyond Pilgrims keeper Luke McCormick.

Andres Gurrieri saw red for the visitors after the break for striking Dale defender Jack O'Connell.

Henderson doubled the lead with a fine half-volley before Michael Rose completed the scoring with a neat lob.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Rochdale assistant manager Chris Beech told BBC Radio Manchester:

"Jamie Allen deserved his goal because he's been a very consistent performer for us.

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post match Rochdale assistant manager Chris Beech

"We started well and scored early and five clean sheets from six games is something to be proud of.

"We brought George (Donnelly) back into the team and he played hard and he played well. He's very difficult to defend against.

"I've not thought about Saturday (FA Cup fourth round tie against Sheffield Wednesday) because we know we'll need to be at full tilt against Chesterfield on Tuesday."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 3Bennett
  • 16Done
  • 24Allen
  • 6Lancashire
  • 22O'Connell
  • 7Vincenti
  • 4CavanaghSubstituted forDickerat 64'minutes
  • 40Henderson
  • 9DonnellySubstituted forHoganat 66'minutes
  • 25Rose

Substitutes

  • 2Rafferty
  • 5Eastham
  • 11Hogan
  • 21Thomson
  • 29Cummins
  • 38Dicker
  • 39Bunney

Plymouth

  • 23McCormick
  • 4BlanchardBooked at 82mins
  • 25PurringtonBooked at 85mins
  • 6Hourihane
  • 16Trotman
  • 17Nelson
  • 27GurrieriBooked at 53mins
  • 11Blizzard
  • 20BantonSubstituted forYoungat 57'minutes
  • 9ReidSubstituted forThomasat 78'minutes
  • 7AlessandraSubstituted forBocoat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cole
  • 8Boco
  • 14Young
  • 15Wotton
  • 18Harvey
  • 19Thomas
  • 26Parsons
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
2,839

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 3, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 3, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Neal Trotman.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 3, Plymouth Argyle 0. Michael Rose (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Nathan Thomas (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Ben Purrington (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Purrington (Plymouth Argyle).

Booking

Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle).

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

Nathan Thomas (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Nathan Thomas replaces Reuben Reid.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Romuald Boco replaces Lewis Alessandra.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 2, Plymouth Argyle 0. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Michael Rose.

Gary Dicker (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Scott Hogan replaces George Donnelly.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Gary Dicker replaces Peter Cavanagh because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Curtis Nelson.

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Purrington (Plymouth Argyle).

Attempt saved. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Rhys Bennett (Rochdale).

Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Luke Young replaces Jason Banton.

Dismissal

Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

Jack O'Connell (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe26139438241448
2Rochdale26144841311046
3Burton2613762923646
4Southend26136734221245
5Chesterfield25128537221544
6Fleetwood25142940291144
7Oxford Utd25119535211442
8Newport2410863427738
9Morecambe27107103135-437
10Dag & Red2697103232034
11Plymouth2697102329-634
12Cheltenham268993337-433
13York2771193232032
14Wimbledon2688102729-232
15Exeter2595113134-332
16Hartlepool2687112733-631
17Mansfield2779112736-930
18Accrington2678113138-729
19Bury26610103034-428
20Wycombe2577113034-428
21Portsmouth26610103039-928
22Bristol Rovers2569102226-427
23Torquay2668122740-1326
24Northampton2557131933-1422
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