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Port Vale 4-1 Rochdale

Michael O'Connor scored a brace as Port Vale hammered Rochdale to dent Dale's play-off hopes and keep their own faint League One top-six aspirations alive.

Theo Robinson's superb curler opened the scoring for Vale before O'Connor tucked home the first of his two spot-kicks after Sam Foley was fouled.

JJ Hooper raced onto a poor back-pass by Joe Rafferty to make it 3-0 but Calvin Andrew's drive gave Dale hope.

O'Connor scored a second penalty after Remie Streete had been pushed.

The result means both teams are five points away from the League One play-off places with two games to play.

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 21Alnwick
  • 4Streete
  • 6Duffy
  • 5McGivern
  • 17Brown
  • 2Purkiss
  • 8O'Connor
  • 11FoleySubstituted forKellyat 82'minutes
  • 3Dickinson
  • 15Hooper
  • 25RobinsonSubstituted forTurnerat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Birchall
  • 16Yates
  • 18Kelly
  • 19Moore
  • 23Boot
  • 28Campion
  • 30Turner

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 6Lancashire
  • 5EasthamBooked at 29mins
  • 4McNulty
  • 25Rose
  • 28CampsSubstituted forAndrewat 45'minutes
  • 24Allen
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 39BunneySubstituted forHendersonat 45'minutes
  • 12McDermottSubstituted forHoltat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Vincenti
  • 9Andrew
  • 18Holt
  • 23Collis
  • 27Cannon
  • 29Syers
  • 40Henderson
Referee:
Nick Kinseley
Attendance:
4,380

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home14
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 4, Rochdale 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 4, Rochdale 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Dan Turner replaces Theo Robinson.

Attempt saved. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Theo Robinson (Port Vale).

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

Hand ball by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Sam Kelly replaces Sam Foley.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Ryan McGivern (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Remie Streete.

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Port Vale).

Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 4, Rochdale 1. Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Port Vale. Remie Streete draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Ashley Eastham (Rochdale) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Port Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Remie Streete (Port Vale).

Michael Rose (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Joseph Rafferty.

Attempt saved. Ben Purkiss (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Remie Streete.

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Theo Robinson (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale).

Attempt saved. JJ Hooper (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Grant Holt (Rochdale) header from very close range is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Port Vale).

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

Richard Duffy (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Grant Holt (Rochdale).

Attempt saved. JJ Hooper (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 3, Rochdale 1. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan442315677413684
2Burton442491155361981
3Millwall442291368482075
4Walsall4321121061471475
5Bradford4421111252401274
6Barnsley442171664511370
7Gillingham4419121369521769
8Scunthorpe4419111457471068
9Sheff Utd441812146354966
10Rochdale441811156458665
11Port Vale441811155652465
12Coventry4417121562481463
13Southend441611175660-459
14Peterborough44176217369457
15Bury441512175368-1557
16Swindon441510195969-1055
17Oldham441218144453-954
18Chesterfield44148225568-1350
19Shrewsbury431311195470-1650
20Fleetwood441115184953-448
21Blackpool441210223954-1546
22Doncaster441112214761-1445
23Colchester44912235495-4139
24Crewe44613254380-3731
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