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Rochdale 1-0 Coventry City

Ian Henderson's 29th-minute penalty proved decisive as Rochdale beat Coventry City to leapfrog the Sky Blues in the League One table.

The hosts had the better of the early chances but Frank Nouble's effort was well saved by Conrad Logan.

The crucial goal came when Ryan Allsop tripped Bastien Hery in the box and Henderson converted the spot-kick.

Rochdale could have doubled their lead but Peter Vincenti's effort was cleared off the line by Jordan Clarke.

Dale climb to seventh with their third win in four matches, while Coventry drop to 11th after their second consecutive defeat.

Rochdale assistant manager Chris Beech told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Beech on Rochdale v Coventry

"It was a really good performance from both sets of players.

"Coventry are probably the best team that have been to Spotland.

"It was a yellow card and, fair play to the boys, they dealt with that decision and put the penalty away."

Sky Blues boss Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"I'm very frustrated. We started very well, but we were a bit leggy, maybe as a result of the players' endeavours on Tuesday night with 10 men.

"In the second half, we really applied ourselves. I can't fault the players in the way they applied themselves. but our final pass let us down.

"We took the game to Rochdale but, at the final moment, the final decision: that is where we probably let ourselves down."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 22Logan
  • 17Tanser
  • 2RaffertyBooked at 75minsSubstituted forBennettat 76'minutes
  • 5Eastham
  • 29O'Connell
  • 24Allen
  • 40Henderson
  • 7Vincenti
  • 14HerySubstituted forBunneyat 59'minutes
  • 12Dawson
  • 16DoneSubstituted forBellat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 6Lancashire
  • 21Musangu
  • 25Rose
  • 31Bell
  • 33Kennedy
  • 39Bunney

Coventry

  • 23AllsopBooked at 28mins
  • 2Willis
  • 25HinesBooked at 56mins
  • 4WebsterBooked at 73minsSubstituted forTudgayat 76'minutes
  • 7FleckSubstituted forFinchat 45'minutes
  • 24Clarke
  • 11O'Brien
  • 6ThomasSubstituted forSwansonat 45'minutes
  • 3Pugh
  • 12Jackson
  • 19Nouble

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 10Swanson
  • 15Miller
  • 18Phillips
  • 20Tudgay
  • 26Haynes
  • 27Finch
Referee:
Phil Gibbs
Attendance:
3,583

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home5
Away7
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home17
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 1, Coventry City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 1, Coventry City 0.

Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Nyal Bell replaces Matt Done.

Attempt saved. Danny Swanson (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

Attempt saved. Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Rochdale).

Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Rhys Bennett replaces Joseph Rafferty because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Marcus Tudgay replaces Andy Webster.

Booking

Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

Frank Nouble (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Andy Webster.

Attempt blocked. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Andy Webster (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Andy Webster (Coventry City).

Attempt saved. Sebastian Hines (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Rochdale).

Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Frank Nouble (Coventry City).

Scott Tanser (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Simeon Jackson (Coventry City).

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Jack Finch (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Bunney replaces Bastien Héry because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Bastien Héry (Rochdale) because of an injury.

Booking

Sebastian Hines (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

Bastien Héry (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sebastian Hines (Coventry City).

Ashley Eastham (Rochdale) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jordan Willis.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City96301871121
2MK Dons851221111016
3Peterborough9513139416
4Swindon84311710715
5Chesterfield84221511414
6Bradford94231210214
7Rochdale9414169713
8Preston8341149513
9Fleetwood934297213
10Sheff Utd84131112-113
11Coventry93331010012
12Gillingham93331112-112
13Yeovil93331012-212
14Oldham925299011
15Doncaster8323911-211
16Notts County824276110
17Leyton Orient824288010
18Crawley9315412-810
19Barnsley8233131309
20Walsall9153610-48
21Port Vale92251016-68
22Scunthorpe9216820-127
23Colchester9135913-46
24Crewe8116821-134
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