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Exeter City 0-1 Rochdale

Rochdale kept up their push for automatic promotion from League Two with victory at Exeter.

The Grecians are without a win at St James Park since 5 October and they went down to Jamie Allen's goal on the stroke of half-time.

John O'Flynn blazed a gilt-edged chance over for the hosts, and Allen made them pay when he tapped in after his first effort was saved.

Matthew Lund hit a post for Dale as Exeter struggled after the break.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Post-match Rochdale manager Keith Hill

"I thought we managed the game with and without the game superbly. We created really good opportunities.

"It's great to get a clean sheet. Clean sheets ultimately, for me, win games.

"We trust every one of these players and they trust me with the decision-making.

"My players are free of pressure. We've already achieved an enormous amount this season and we'll continue to do that as long as we play happy."

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 30Pym
  • 2Butterfield
  • 3Woodman
  • 8Oakley
  • 6Coles
  • 4Bennett
  • 7Sercombe
  • 29Grimes
  • 19O'FlynnSubstituted forWheelerat 76'minutes
  • 22KeohaneSubstituted forNicholsat 45'minutes
  • 11DaviesSubstituted forRichardsat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Richards
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 20Nichols
  • 25Parkin
  • 32Wheeler
  • 33Hamon
  • 35Gill

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 16Done
  • 4Cavanagh
  • 6Lancashire
  • 22O'ConnellBooked at 29mins
  • 40Henderson
  • 12LundSubstituted forKennedyat 90'minutes
  • 11HoganSubstituted forVincentiat 70'minutes
  • 24AllenBooked at 35minsSubstituted forDonnellyat 70'minutes
  • 25Rose

Substitutes

  • 5Eastham
  • 7Vincenti
  • 8Kennedy
  • 9Donnelly
  • 10Gray
  • 15Porter
  • 21Thomson
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
3,169

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 0, Rochdale 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 0, Rochdale 1.
Foul by Daniel Coles (Exeter City).
Jack O'Connell (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt blocked. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Jason Kennedy replaces Matthew Lund.
Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.
Attempt blocked. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.
Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Daniel Coles.
Attempt blocked. George Donnelly (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Michael Rose.
Attempt missed. Matt Oakley (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Eliot Richards (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).
Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces John O'Flynn.
Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Oliver Lancashire.
Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Matthew Lund.
Foul by Matt Oakley (Exeter City).
Matthew Lund (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. George Donnelly replaces Jamie Allen.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Peter Vincenti replaces Scott Hogan.
Foul by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).
Jamie Allen (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Michael Rose.
Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.
John O'Flynn (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).
Attempt blocked. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Matthew Lund (Rochdale) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.
Hand ball by Scott Hogan (Rochdale).
Foul by Liam Sercombe (Exeter City).
Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Eliot Richards (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Josh Lillis.
Attempt saved. Tom Nichols (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).
Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by John O'Flynn (Exeter City).
Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Matt Done.
Matt Oakley (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).
Attempt missed. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Second Half

Second Half begins Exeter City 0, Rochdale 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Eliot Richards replaces Arron Davies.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Tom Nichols replaces Jimmy Keohane.

Half Time

First Half ends, Exeter City 0, Rochdale 1.
Foul by Jack O'Connell (Rochdale).
Matt Grimes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 0, Rochdale 1. Jamie Allen (Rochdale) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.
Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Jimmy Keohane (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Scott Hogan (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).
Attempt saved. Scott Hogan (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Scott Hogan (Rochdale).
Scott Bennett (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. John O'Flynn (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chesterfield32161062258
2Scunthorpe32151341958
3Rochdale3217691457
4Oxford Utd33141361855
5Fleetwood31164111352
6Burton3214108352
7Southend32131091049
8Newport291199242
9Hartlepool3311913-242
10Plymouth3111911-742
11York3391311140
12Dag & Red32101012-240
13Morecambe32101012-640
14Exeter3210913-439
15Cheltenham3191210-439
16Wimbledon3210814-638
17Mansfield3291112-1038
18Bristol Rovers3191012-237
19Accrington3191012-637
20Bury3081210-236
21Portsmouth3281212-1236
22Wycombe3181013-534
23Torquay317816-1729
24Northampton317816-1729
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