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Rochdale 4-1 Gillingham

Rochdale ended their 10-game winless run by thrashing 10-man Gillingham at Spotland.

Man of the match Nathaniel Mendez-Laing fired Rochdale ahead with a goal of real quality in the 10th minute, cutting in from the right before finding the top corner of Stuart Nelson's net with a venomous finish.

Mendez-Laing and the rest of the Dale team celebrated by holding aloft Joe Thompson's shirt in recognition of their team-mate's current battle with cancer.

But the visitors were level in the 17th minute as Josh Parker reacted quickest when his initial effort struck the post, the Gills frontman side-footing the loose ball into the roof of the net from close range.

Cody McDonald was denied by home goalkeeper Conrad Logan while Ian Henderson headed Joe Bunney's cross against the post at the other end.

But Henderson restored Dale's lead in the 32nd minute when he raced through onto Mendez-Laing's flick on and lifted the ball over the oncoming Nelson.

That man Mendez-Laing was instrumental in Dale's third goal in the 48th minute, breaking from his own goal area to race the length of the field before squaring for Callum Camps to tap home from six yards.

The Gills were reduced to 10 men in the 58th minute when Zesh Rehman received his second yellow card for a challenge on Mendez-Laing.

Peter Vincenti completed the scoring when he bustled his way through in the 89th minute.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 25Logan
  • 6McGahey
  • 5Canavan
  • 4McNulty
  • 39Bunney
  • 10Camps
  • 8LundSubstituted forRathboneat 75'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 24Allen
  • 40Henderson
  • 9AndrewSubstituted forVincentiat 75'minutes
  • 11Mendez-LaingBooked at 81minsSubstituted forMcDermottat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Vincenti
  • 12McDermott
  • 13Wilson
  • 14Rathbone
  • 26Owusu
  • 28Morley
  • 32Kitching

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 5EhmerBooked at 74mins
  • 31RehmanBooked at 59mins
  • 22Dickenson
  • 29Muldoon
  • 33Byrne
  • 23DackBooked at 90mins
  • 8HessenthalerSubstituted forWagstaffat 62'minutes
  • 14L Martin
  • 19ParkerSubstituted forListat 65'minutes
  • 10McDonaldSubstituted forCundleat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Wagstaff
  • 16Osadebe
  • 17Quigley
  • 21List
  • 24Cundle
  • 26Mbo
  • 30Holy
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
2,582

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home14
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 4, Gillingham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 4, Gillingham 1.

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

Lee Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Harrison McGahey.

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

Attempt saved. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 4, Gillingham 1. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

Hand ball by Scott Wagstaff (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Mitchell Dickenson (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Booking

Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale).

Max Ehmer (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Gregory Cundle replaces Cody McDonald.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Donal McDermott replaces Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

Booking

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) left footed shot from long range on the right is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Jamie Allen (Rochdale).

Mark Byrne (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

(Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Peter Vincenti replaces Calvin Andrew.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Oliver Rathbone replaces Matthew Lund.

Booking

Max Ehmer (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Max Ehmer (Gillingham).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

Attempt blocked. Elliott List (Gillingham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Max Ehmer (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Elliott List replaces Josh Parker.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Scott Wagstaff replaces Jake Hessenthaler.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Mitchell Dickenson.

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As It Stood

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2Bolton37209856322469
3Fleetwood381911855361968
4Bradford391618552361666
5Scunthorpe3918101166462064
6Southend3816121058471160
7Millwall36161195041959
8Bristol Rovers391512125858057
9Oxford Utd37167144942755
10Rochdale36158135551453
11Walsall391314124749-253
12Peterborough391410155454052
13Wimbledon381215114946351
14Northampton39147185763-649
15Charlton391017124946347
16MK Dons381211154849-147
17Bury39129185764-745
18Gillingham391112165167-1645
19Oldham391014152638-1244
20Shrewsbury381110174153-1243
21Port Vale361011154157-1641
22Swindon3999214059-1936
23Chesterfield3989223763-2633
24Coventry38511223059-2926
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