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Rochdale 0-3 Southend United

Southend dented Rochdale's hopes for automatic promotion with an easy win at Spotland that keeps them in the hunt for a play-off place in League One.

The Shrimpers went in front when Barry Corr tucked in Jacob Murphy's cross from close range after 12 minutes.

Murphy then doubled the lead just before the break after he tapped in Ryan Leonard's centre.

Michael Timlin's volley made the points safe before Kevan Hurst nearly got a fourth, hitting the bar from distance.

Rochdale slipped down to third in the table, three points clear of fourth-placed Fleetwood, while Southend went sixth with a three-point cushion in the race for the play-offs.

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Post-match: Rochdale manager Hill

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It was a tense game and I think the tension was in the performance, it looks like a crisis of confidence.

"We've got three more opportunities but we can't afford to perform with those types of nerves.

"It's no time for throwing in the towel or spitting the dummy out or harsh words or criticisms, the players need support."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 16DoneBooked at 49mins
  • 4CavanaghSubstituted forAllenat 45'minutes
  • 22O'Connell
  • 6Lancashire
  • 40Henderson
  • 12LundBooked at 81mins
  • 11HoganSubstituted forDonnellyat 30'minutes
  • 25RoseSubstituted forVincentiat 45'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 39Bunney

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 5Eastham
  • 7Vincenti
  • 9Donnelly
  • 14Hery
  • 21Thomson
  • 24Allen

Southend

  • 17Bentley
  • 2White
  • 3Coker
  • 18Leonard
  • 35Sokolik
  • 32Egan
  • 14HurstBooked at 55minsSubstituted forProsserat 84'minutes
  • 12Atkinson
  • 10CorrSubstituted forLozaat 73'minutes
  • 8Timlin
  • 15MurphySubstituted forStrakerat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Laird
  • 6Prosser
  • 7Eastwood
  • 9Loza
  • 11Straker
  • 25Chambers
  • 39Barnard
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
3,884

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 0, Southend United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 0, Southend United 3.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by John White.

Luke Prosser (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Donnelly (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Luke Prosser replaces Kevan Hurst.

Booking

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

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

Foul by Jamar Loza (Southend United).

Booking

Matthew Lund (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

Anthony Straker (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Matthew Lund (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael Timlin (Southend United).

Hand ball by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John White (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Jamar Loza replaces Barry Corr.

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

Foul by Barry Corr (Southend United).

Attempt saved. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Kevan Hurst.

Attempt saved. Ryan Leonard (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Kevan Hurst.

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Allen (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Anthony Straker replaces Jacob Murphy.

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by John Egan.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Allen (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Southend United).

Joe Bunney (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Will Atkinson (Southend United).

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

Ben Coker (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe431920465402577
2Chesterfield432015866392775
3Rochdale432291264451975
4Fleetwood432191363491472
5Burton421814104338568
6Southend4317141253381565
7York431616114839964
8Oxford Utd431614135144762
9Plymouth431610174652-658
10Bury431318125546957
11Dag & Red431415145053-357
12Mansfield431415144753-657
13Newport431315155356-354
14Wimbledon431314164550-553
15Cheltenham431216154958-952
16Accrington431215164952-351
17Portsmouth421215154557-1251
18Morecambe431214174862-1450
19Hartlepool421310194749-249
20Exeter431213184955-649
21Wycombe431114184251-947
22Bristol Rovers421114173847-947
23Northampton431114183655-1947
24Torquay43109243761-2439
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