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Rochdale3Southend0

Rochdale 3-0 Southend United

Resurgent Rochdale made it five successive league wins with a comfortable victory against Southend at Spotland.

First-half goals from Niall Canavan and Calvin Andrew were supplemented by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing's late strike as Dale moved into the play-off places just a month after sitting bottom of League One without a win.

The home side were in charge from the start and made the breakthrough after 18 minutes.

Dale were awarded a free-kick on the right after Adam Barrett's attempt to wrestle Andrew to the ground and Joe Bunney's set-piece was perfect for defender Canavan, who sent a thumping header into the roof of Mark Oxley's net.

It was 2-0 after 27 minutes when Joe Rafferty's delivery was only partially cleared before both Mendez-Laing and Andrew had efforts blocked. But on the second occasion the loose ball ran for Rafferty and his cross was headed home by Andrew.

The Shrimpers offered nothing going forward in the opening half, and precious little after the break, with Dale goalkeeper Josh Lillis enjoying a trouble-free afternoon.

Aaron Morley, a 16-year-old making his league debut for the home side, went close to a third for Dale, his curling effort from 18 yards clipping the outside of Oxley's post.

Mendez-Laing netted the third in the 84th minute, racing onto Steven Davies' through ball and beating Oxley to wrap up a routine win.

Reports supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 5Canavan
  • 18Keane
  • 39Bunney
  • 28MorleySubstituted forRathboneat 70'minutes
  • 10Camps
  • 27Cannon
  • 9Andrew
  • 19DaviesSubstituted forOdelusiat 90+2'minutes
  • 15ThompsonSubstituted forMendez-Laingat 19'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6McGahey
  • 11Mendez-Laing
  • 12McDermott
  • 14Rathbone
  • 16Noble-Lazarus
  • 25Logan
  • 29Odelusi

Southend

  • 1Oxley
  • 35Ferdinand
  • 33InnissBooked at 60mins
  • 6Barrett
  • 7O'NeillBooked at 75mins
  • 18Leonard
  • 4Wordsworth
  • 3Coker
  • 17McGlashanSubstituted forRangerat 51'minutes
  • 9MooneySubstituted forFortunéat 34'minutes
  • 11McLaughlinSubstituted forCoxat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2White
  • 5Thompson
  • 10Cox
  • 12Atkinson
  • 14Fortuné
  • 22Smith
  • 50Ranger
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
2,600

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home1
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 3, Southend United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 3, Southend United 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Sanmi Odelusi replaces Steve Davies.

Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Andrew Cannon (Rochdale).

Anthony Wordsworth (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 3, Southend United 0. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steve Davies.

Keith Keane (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United).

Ryan Inniss (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steve Davies (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Nile Ranger (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Luke O'Neill (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joe Bunney (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke O'Neill (Southend United).

Foul by Niall Canavan (Rochdale).

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Oliver Rathbone replaces Aaron Morley.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Simon Cox replaces Stephen McLaughlin.

Joe Bunney (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United).

Nile Ranger (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Cannon (Rochdale).

Niall Canavan (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United).

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

Attempt saved. Ryan Inniss (Southend United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Southend United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Ryan Inniss (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Steve Davies (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Inniss (Southend United).

Foul by Andrew Cannon (Rochdale).

Stephen McLaughlin (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Steve Davies (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Inniss (Southend United).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe1274127121525
2Bradford12660157824
3Bury126242116520
4Bolton125431110119
5Northampton124621913618
6Rochdale125341613318
7Sheff Utd115331414018
8Peterborough124532115617
9Port Vale115241514117
10Bristol Rovers114431616016
11MK Dons114341514115
12Oxford Utd114341211115
13Gillingham124351823-515
14Fleetwood113441616013
15Wimbledon113441516-113
16Walsall113441317-413
17Chesterfield113351616012
18Charlton112631212012
19Millwall113351822-412
20Swindon123361217-512
21Oldham12264713-612
22Southend123361223-1112
23Shrewsbury122461118-710
24Coventry11164812-49
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