League One
Rochdale2Sheff Utd0

Rochdale 2-0 Sheffield United

Grant Holt
Grant Holt scored 34 goals in 75 games for Rochdale before leaving for Nottingham Forest in 2006

Grant Holt scored his first goal since rejoining Rochdale to help beat Sheffield United in League One.

Rochdale goalkeeper Josh Lilis pulled off a string of excellent saves from Florent Cuvelier and Che Adams to stop the Blades taking the lead.

Dale broke the deadlock when Holt flicked on to fellow substitute Peter Vincenti, who curled past Lilis.

Holt then swept Michael Rose's corner into the roof of the net to secure the victory for Rochdale.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Hill on Rochdale v Sheffield United

"Holty's come in and he's done exceptionally well in training and he's done well in the games when he's come on.

"If you want a promotion winning team, you've got to have game management, game knowledge and players who can go out there and do it without being coached.

"There's a lot of things to be said about the politics of football, the fact of the matter is, we've won 12 games and I'm pleased about that."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 15CanavanBooked at 29mins
  • 5Eastham
  • 4McNulty
  • 8LundBooked at 25minsSubstituted forBennettat 90+1'minutes
  • 25Rose
  • 24Allen
  • 39BunneySubstituted forVincentiat 45'minutesBooked at 56mins
  • 40Henderson
  • 19Mendez-LaingSubstituted forHoltat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 7Vincenti
  • 10Alessandra
  • 11Noble-Lazarus
  • 18Holt
  • 23Collis
  • 28Camps

Sheff Utd

  • 25Long
  • 17WoolfordSubstituted forDoneat 32'minutes
  • 19McEveley
  • 34Edgar
  • 6Basham
  • 5Brayford
  • 22Reed
  • 33CuvelierSubstituted forCouttsat 75'minutes
  • 7FlynnSubstituted forScougallat 75'minutes
  • 10Sharp
  • 29AdamsBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 1Howard
  • 8Coutts
  • 14Done
  • 15Collins
  • 16Scougall
  • 20Campbell-Ryce
  • 27Calvert-Lewin
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
4,210

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away10
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 2, Sheffield United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 2, Sheffield United 0.

Foul by Niall Canavan (Rochdale).

Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Stefan Scougall.

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

Foul by Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United).

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Matt Done.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Rhys Bennett replaces Matthew Lund.

Attempt missed. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matt Done (Sheffield United).

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 2, Sheffield United 0. Grant Holt (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Michael Rose with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Matt Done.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Stefan Scougall.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Stefan Scougall replaces Ryan Flynn.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Paul Coutts replaces Florent Cuvelier.

Attempt missed. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

Attempt saved. Che Adams (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 1, Sheffield United 0. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Grant Holt.

Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

Matt Done (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Peter Vincenti.

Foul by Che Adams (Sheffield United).

Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Niall Canavan (Rochdale) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by John Brayford.

Booking

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

John Brayford (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Michael Rose (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Hand ball by Florent Cuvelier (Sheffield United).

Attempt missed. Chris Basham (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Michael Rose.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton32204842271564
2Wigan331711555302562
3Gillingham33177959411858
4Walsall321610649331658
5Millwall331661152411154
6Coventry321410856352152
7Bradford3214993834451
8Southend33148114542350
9Barnsley33154145245749
10Sheff Utd33139114744348
11Port Vale34139123838048
12Swindon33136145151045
13Rochdale33129124444045
14Scunthorpe32136133840-245
15Peterborough33135155652444
16Bury33128134254-1244
17Doncaster32910133642-637
18Chesterfield33114184453-937
19Fleetwood3299143840-236
20Blackpool3397173242-1034
21Shrewsbury3297163751-1434
22Oldham32615113243-1133
23Crewe33610173558-2328
24Colchester3359194078-3824
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