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Rochdale 2-1 Yeovil Town

Rochdale moved into the League One play-off zone with a win against Yeovil in atrocious conditions at Spotland.

James Hayter's first-half penalty was saved by Jamie Jones as torrential rain threatened to ruin the game.

All of the goals came in a five-minute spell after the break as Dale's Rhys Bennett and Jack O'Connell both fired home to put the hosts 2-0 up.

An unmarked Hayter reduced the arrears with a slick finish but Rochdale held on to move up to sixth in the table.

Ian Henderson could have added a third for Dale late on but lofted the ball over the bar from close range with the goal at his mercy.

Keith Hill's men are now level on points with seventh-placed Barnsley and Peterborough, in eighth, but have a far superior goal difference.

Bottom side Yeovil have lost their last four matches and remain 10 points from safety.

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Terry Skiverton: Yeovil acting manager on Rochdale loss

Yeovil acting manager Terry Skiverton speaks to BBC Somerset: "I think it is ground hog day, I've been saying this quite a bit. But I've just spoken to the players, who are bitterly disappointed because they gave everything,

"I thought first half again we've come out of the traps flying and we we're outstanding, the play that we had building up we really penned them into the half.

"Numerous corners early on and then when James Hayter gets us the penalty we thought it would settle us down.

"Our most experienced player steps up, but in the situation we are in, the goalkeeper makes a good save."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 19JonesBooked at 20mins
  • 27Cannon
  • 22O'Connell
  • 6Lancashire
  • 33Kennedy
  • 28CampsSubstituted forNoble-Lazarusat 66'minutes
  • 25Rose
  • 3Bennett
  • 39Bunney
  • 40Henderson
  • 17TanserSubstituted forRaffertyat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 10Brandy
  • 11Noble-Lazarus
  • 14Héry
  • 26Logan
  • 31Bell

Yeovil

  • 21Loach
  • 15Ofori-TwumasiBooked at 77mins
  • 26ArthurworreyBooked at 50mins
  • 27Webster
  • 3Smith
  • 10Leitch-SmithSubstituted forHoskinsat 85'minutes
  • 8Berrett
  • 11Foley
  • 35Kingsley
  • 9HayterBooked at 80mins
  • 25UgwuSubstituted forMooreat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Bell
  • 12Krysiak
  • 13Moore
  • 14Hoskins
  • 16Ralph
  • 20Nugent
  • 24Eastmond
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
2,650

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamYeovil
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home10
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away9
Fouls
Home6
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 2, Yeovil Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 2, Yeovil Town 1.

Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Kingsley (Yeovil Town).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Stephen Arthurworrey.

Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Kingsley (Yeovil Town).

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Scott Loach.

Attempt saved. Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner.

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

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town).

Hand ball by Sam Hoskins (Yeovil Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Yeovil Town. Sam Hoskins replaces A-Jay Leitch-Smith.

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) left footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Stephen Arthurworrey.

Substitution

Substitution, Yeovil Town. Kieffer Moore replaces Gozie Ugwu.

Attempt missed. Michael Rose (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Booking

James Hayter (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by James Hayter (Yeovil Town).

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Byron Webster.

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

Booking

Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.

Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi (Yeovil Town).

Michael Rose (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gozie Ugwu (Yeovil Town).

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Andrew Cannon.

Attempt blocked. James Berrett (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi (Yeovil Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Reuben Noble-Lazarus replaces Callum Camps.

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Oliver Lancashire.

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Joseph Rafferty replaces Scott Tanser.

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Byron Webster (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City39259575344184
2Preston372110663323173
3Swindon37217965392670
4MK Dons38209976403669
5Sheff Utd3917101256451161
6Rochdale381751665511456
7Barnsley39168155352156
8Peterborough39175174647-156
9Chesterfield38159145549654
10Bradford371412114842654
11Doncaster381411134848053
12Fleetwood381410143943-452
13Oldham391410154958-952
14Gillingham391312145457-351
15Port Vale39146194856-848
16Walsall381113143642-646
17Coventry391113154454-1046
18Crewe39136203769-3245
19Scunthorpe381111165062-1244
20Notts County381110173952-1343
21Crawley391110184466-2243
22Leyton Orient38119185054-442
23Colchester38108204663-1738
24Yeovil3989222960-3133
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