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Colchester United 1-2 Rochdale

Rochdale celebrate first goal at Colchester
Rochdale celebrate Nathaniel Mendez-Laing's opener at Colchester

Relegated Colchester United bowed out of League One with a 24th league defeat of the season as a goal in each half gave mid-table Rochdale victory.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing gave Dale a first-half lead after exchanging passes with Ian Henderson.

Joe Edwards equalised for the hosts after the break following good work by Alex Gilbey and Chris Porter.

But Calvin Andrew netted Dale's winner, finding the top corner of James Bransgrove's goal with a curling shot.

Rochdale assistant manager Chris Beech told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Beech on Colchester v Rochdale

"Winning away is something we enjoy and to gain three points on the last day of the season is very fulfilling. It was so warm but the players stuck at it.

"Calvin Andrew got half a yard in the box and a rare moment, he scored with his right foot.

"We didn't get to where we wanted to go but not for the lacking of trying. To get 69 points is a commendable season's effort."

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 29Bransgrove
  • 4EdwardsSubstituted forJamesat 64'minutes
  • 15Kent
  • 5Wynter
  • 3BriggsSubstituted forShoreyat 45'minutes
  • 8Gilbey
  • 10Moncur
  • 12Lee
  • 11Massey
  • 20Lapslie
  • 19BonneSubstituted forPorterat 49'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Wright
  • 9Porter
  • 31Shorey
  • 33Parish
  • 36Harrison
  • 40James
  • 41Dunne

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 27Cannon
  • 6Lancashire
  • 5Eastham
  • 4McNulty
  • 24Allen
  • 8Lund
  • 12McDermottSubstituted forAndrewat 39'minutes
  • 19Mendez-LaingSubstituted forVincentiat 74'minutes
  • 40Henderson
  • 39BunneySubstituted forCampsat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Rafferty
  • 7Vincenti
  • 9Andrew
  • 17Tanser
  • 21Musangu
  • 28Camps
  • 34Hooper
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
3,435

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 1, Rochdale 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 1, Rochdale 2.

Chris Porter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale).

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

Hand ball by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

Gavin Massey (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Oliver Lancashire.

Attempt missed. Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

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

Foul by Chris Porter (Colchester United).

Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Andrew Cannon.

Cameron James (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

Nicky Shorey (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Chris Porter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Peter Vincenti replaces Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

Frankie Kent (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

Foul by Alex Gilbey (Colchester United).

Matthew Lund (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 1, Rochdale 2. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Callum Camps (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Tom Lapslie (Colchester United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Cameron James replaces Joe Edwards because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Callum Camps replaces Joe Bunney.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Nicky Shorey.

Attempt saved. Alex Gilbey (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Nicky Shorey.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Tom Lapslie.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 1, Rochdale 1. Joe Edwards (Colchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Chris Porter.

George Moncur (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan462415782453787
2Burton4625101157372085
3Walsall4624121071492284
4Millwall462491373492481
5Bradford4623111255401580
6Barnsley462281670541674
7Scunthorpe4621111460471374
8Coventry4619121567491869
9Gillingham4619121571561569
10Rochdale461912156861769
11Sheff Utd461812166459566
12Port Vale461811175658-265
13Peterborough46196218273963
14Bury461612185673-1760
15Southend461611195864-659
16Swindon461611196471-759
17Oldham461218164458-1454
18Chesterfield46158235870-1253
19Fleetwood461215195256-451
20Shrewsbury461311225879-2150
21Doncaster461113224864-1646
22Blackpool461210244063-2346
23Colchester46913245799-4240
24Crewe46713264683-3734
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