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Rochdale 2-1 Colchester United

Play-off hopefuls Rochdale deepened Colchester's relegation concerns in League One as they moved to within three points of the top six.

Dale, who are 13th, raced into a sixth-minute lead as Rhys Bennett headed the hosts ahead. Ian Henderson doubled the advantage after the break.

Chris Porter pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after Michael Rose fouled Colchester's Gavin Massey.

The defeat leaves Colchester two points adrift of safety.

Rochdale boss Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I think the lads have done terrifically well. There's peaks and troughs throughout any season, especially when you've been promoted.

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Hill on Rochdale v Colchester

"We insist on playing football and sometimes that can get misjudged.

"I'm energised with what I see everyday but sometimes I do get tired. I'm energised with the fact I've got a free week now."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 19Jones
  • 27CannonSubstituted forDawsonat 70'minutes
  • 22O'Connell
  • 5Eastham
  • 33Kennedy
  • 25Rose
  • 3BennettBooked at 30mins
  • 7Vincenti
  • 24Allen
  • 40Henderson
  • 39BunneySubstituted forNoble-Lazarusat 78'minutesBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 1Lillis
  • 10Brandy
  • 11Noble-Lazarus
  • 12Dawson
  • 14Héry
  • 17Tanser
  • 26Logan

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 2WynterSubstituted forSembie-Ferrisat 79'minutes
  • 5Osborne
  • 18Eastman
  • 15Briggs
  • 41Hewitt
  • 38Fox
  • 8Gilbey
  • 21Massey
  • 28Szmodics
  • 42PorterSubstituted forBonneat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Marriott
  • 12Lewington
  • 16Lawrence
  • 24Moncur
  • 25McEvoy
  • 27Bonne
  • 37Sembie-Ferris
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
2,625

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away7
Corners
Home12
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 2, Colchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 2, Colchester United 1.

Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Tom Kennedy.

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

Foul by Matthew Briggs (Colchester United).

Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Elliott Hewitt.

Attempt saved. Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Rochdale).

Matthew Briggs (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Rhys Bennett.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jamie Jones.

Attempt saved. Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Chris Porter.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Dion Sembie-Ferris replaces Alex Wynter.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Reuben Noble-Lazarus replaces Joe Bunney.

Attempt saved. David Fox (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Alex Wynter.

Jamie Allen (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Briggs (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Stephen Dawson replaces Andrew Cannon because of an injury.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Sam Walker.

Attempt saved. Jamie Allen (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Gavin Massey (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 2, Colchester United 1. Chris Porter (Colchester United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by Michael Rose (Rochdale) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Colchester United. Gavin Massey draws a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Rhys Bennett.

Attempt saved. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Tom Kennedy (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 2, Colchester United 0. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack O'Connell with a cross.

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

Foul by Tom Eastman (Colchester United).

Attempt saved. Jamie Allen (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Second Half

Second Half begins Rochdale 1, Colchester United 0.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City35237567323576
2Preston34199655302566
3Swindon35197962382464
4MK Dons35188968373162
5Sheff Utd34158114841753
6Doncaster351311114443150
7Barnsley35155154748-150
8Peterborough35155154344-150
9Chesterfield34139124945448
10Bradford33139114238448
11Port Vale35146154548-348
12Fleetwood35139133639-348
13Rochdale331451458441447
14Gillingham351210135051-146
15Oldham341210124350-746
16Walsall351111133439-544
17Scunthorpe34119144652-642
18Crewe35126173459-2542
19Notts County34118153443-941
20Coventry34812143648-1236
21Leyton Orient3498174452-835
22Colchester3597194058-1834
23Crawley35810173660-2434
24Yeovil3589182850-2233
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