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Rochdale 3-3 Sheffield United

League One leaders Sheffield United squandered a two-goal lead as Rochdale twice came from behind to earn a draw at Spotland.

The visitors were ahead in the fifth minute when Dale goalkeeper Ben Wilson was penalised for picking up the ball from an apparent pass back by Keith Keane and James Hanson touched the set-piece into the path of Mark Duffy, who curled an emphatic finish wide of Wilson.

Daniel Lafferty then rifled a stunning 25-yarder into the top corner of Wilson's goal in the 11th minute to double the Blades' advantage.

The home side gained a foothold in the game in the 20th minute when Matt Lund's measured cross from the right bounced beyond Nathaniel Mendez-Laing but found Steven Davies at the back post and he cleverly improvised to guide the ball into the net with his chest.

Rochdale were on level terms in the 47th minute when Mendez-Laing's cross from the right flew just over the head of Davies but Andy Cannon was on to it in a flash on the left of the area, sending a volleyed delivery back into the mix and there was Lund to clip the ball into the roof of the net.

Billy Sharp restored the Blades' lead in the 69th minute when he volleyed home Duffy's delivery from the left.

But Dale levelled again when Reuben Noble-Lazarus' cross found its way to Mendez-Laing and he rounded two opponents before slipping a neat finish past Moore.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 13Wilson
  • 4McNulty
  • 18KeaneSubstituted forNoble-Lazarusat 58'minutes
  • 6McGahey
  • 11Mendez-Laing
  • 8LundBooked at 71mins
  • 24Allen
  • 14RathboneSubstituted forCampsat 79'minutes
  • 27CannonBooked at 10mins
  • 40Henderson
  • 19DaviesSubstituted forVincentiat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Vincenti
  • 10Camps
  • 15Thompson
  • 16Noble-Lazarus
  • 25Logan
  • 28Morley
  • 32Kitching

Sheff Utd

  • 25Moore
  • 6Basham
  • 13WrightBooked at 22mins
  • 5O'ConnellSubstituted forCarruthersat 45'minutes
  • 18Freeman
  • 21DuffySubstituted forLaveryat 84'minutes
  • 15CouttsBooked at 41mins
  • 4Fleck
  • 24Lafferty
  • 10Sharp
  • 16HansonSubstituted forEbanks-Landellat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Long
  • 9Lavery
  • 11Done
  • 19Ebanks-Landell
  • 20J Wilson
  • 26O'Shea
  • 44Carruthers
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
6,214

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home7
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 3, Sheffield United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 3, Sheffield United 3.

Delay in match Matthew Lund (Rochdale) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Daniel Lafferty (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Harrison McGahey (Rochdale).

Samir Carruthers (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Samir Carruthers (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Caolan Lavery replaces Mark Duffy.

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daniel Lafferty (Sheffield United).

Attempt missed. Mark Duffy (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Callum Camps replaces Oliver Rathbone.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 3, Sheffield United 3. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Reuben Noble-Lazarus.

Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harrison McGahey (Rochdale).

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Ben Wilson.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Kieron Freeman.

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left.

Booking

Matthew Lund (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Peter Vincenti replaces Steve Davies.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 2, Sheffield United 3. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Ian Henderson.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

Foul by Andrew Cannon (Rochdale).

Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Steve Davies (Rochdale) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Chris Basham.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Reuben Noble-Lazarus replaces Keith Keane because of an injury.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Harrison McGahey.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ethan Ebanks-Landell replaces James Hanson because of an injury.

Delay in match Keith Keane (Rochdale) because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match James Hanson (Sheffield United) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd35209664382669
2Fleetwood351810752322064
3Scunthorpe351710860382261
4Bolton34179846291760
5Bradford361417547341359
6Millwall35161095041958
7Southend351412953431054
8Bristol Rovers361312115454051
9Peterborough36148144948150
10Oxford Utd33147124235749
11Rochdale33147124846249
12Walsall351213104344-149
13Wimbledon351114104745247
14MK Dons351110144545043
15Northampton36127175360-743
16Charlton35915114441342
17Gillingham361012144757-1042
18Shrewsbury36119163950-1142
19Bury36117185464-1040
20Oldham36912152336-1339
21Swindon3699183550-1536
22Port Vale33811143552-1735
23Chesterfield3587203256-2431
24Coventry35511193054-2426
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