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Rochdale 3-0 Port Vale

Port Vale's fight for League One survival suffered a setback at Spotland as Rochdale ran out comfortable winners.

It was a night when anything that could go wrong did go wrong for the Valiants, who were up against it from the 21st minute when Danny Pugh was dismissed for bringing down Matty Lund as the midfielder raced through on goal.

Dale broke the deadlock in the 34th minute when Lund bundled the ball home from close range after Oliver Rathbone's shot was deflected into his path. To compound Vale's misery, defender Kjell Knops suffered a nasty injury to his knee in the build-up to the goal and was stretchered off.

Donal McDermott doubled Dale's lead in the 43rd minute with a beautifully flighted curling effort over Deniz Mehmet in the Vale goal.

The third goal arrived in first-half stoppage-time when Nathaniel Mendez-Laing was brought down by Ryan Taylor and Ian Henderson converted the resulting spot-kick.

The result left Michael Brown's men two points above the drop zone with a game in hand on most teams around them.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 25Logan
  • 2Rafferty
  • 6McGahey
  • 4McNulty
  • 9AndrewBooked at 60mins
  • 10CampsBooked at 49mins
  • 8Lund
  • 14RathboneSubstituted forAllenat 75'minutes
  • 11Mendez-Laing
  • 40HendersonSubstituted forDaviesat 90'minutes
  • 12McDermottBooked at 51minsSubstituted forNoble-Lazarusat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Vincenti
  • 13Wilson
  • 16Noble-Lazarus
  • 19Davies
  • 24Allen
  • 28Morley
  • 32Kitching

Port Vale

  • 1Mehmet
  • 2Purkiss
  • 39Bikey AmougouBooked at 72mins
  • 24Smith
  • 5KnopsSubstituted forGeraldo Rosaat 40'minutes
  • 6TaylorBooked at 62mins
  • 12PughBooked at 21mins
  • 11FoleySubstituted forReevesat 81'minutes
  • 10Hooper
  • 44Eagles
  • 9CiciliaSubstituted forde Freitasat 45+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Kelly
  • 18Turner
  • 20Geraldo Rosa
  • 26Shodipo
  • 28de Freitas
  • 31Reeves
  • 38Fasan
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
4,387

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away3
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 3, Port Vale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 3, Port Vale 0.

Attempt missed. Steve Davies (Rochdale) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Steve Davies replaces Ian Henderson.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Reuben Noble-Lazarus replaces Donal McDermott.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. William Reeves replaces Sam Foley.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Joseph Rafferty.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Jamie Allen replaces Oliver Rathbone.

André Bikey (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Booking

André Bikey (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale).

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

Foul by Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale).

Chris Eagles (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Ryan Taylor (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Port Vale).

Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Anthony de Freitas (Port Vale).

Booking

Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Chris Eagles (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale).

Ryan Taylor (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Donal McDermott (Rochdale) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

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

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Port Vale).

Attempt saved. Ryan Taylor (Port Vale) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.

Nathan Smith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale).

Booking

Donal McDermott (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Donal McDermott (Rochdale).

Booking

Callum Camps (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

Sam Foley (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Deniz Dogan Mehmet.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd402410676443282
2Bolton412310863342979
3Fleetwood401912955371869
4Bradford411718655391669
5Scunthorpe4119101270511967
6Southend4118121163481566
7Millwall411812115849966
8Rochdale411710146659761
9Bristol Rovers411612136059160
10Oxford Utd40178155647959
11Peterborough411610155754358
12MK Dons411412155351254
13Wimbledon411315135251154
14Walsall401314134750-353
15Northampton41149185864-651
16Charlton411017144950-147
17Bury411210195869-1146
18Oldham411015162742-1545
19Gillingham411112185371-1845
20Port Vale401112174462-1845
21Shrewsbury411110204259-1743
22Swindon41119214259-1742
23Chesterfield41810233866-2834
24Coventry40711223360-2732
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