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Rochdale 2-0 Coventry City

Ian Henderson's brace kept alive Rochdale's slim League One play-off hopes as already-relegated Coventry were beaten at Spotland.

Dale's win - combined with Millwall and Southend losing - saw Keith Hill's side close the gap to three points between themselves and the top six.

The home side took the lead after 18 minutes with a terrific breakaway goal.

Jamie Allen and Joe Rafferty combined on the edge of the Dale area to free Nathaniel Mendez-Laing up the right flank. He outpaced Chris Stokes before dinking an inviting cross to the back post for Henderson to head past Lee Burge.

A similar break down the right channel saw Henderson return the favour, his delivery sitting up just as Mendez-Laing was poised to fire at goal and the chance slipped by.

The second goal arrived in the 52nd minute, Mendez-Laing slipping a neat pass down the middle for Henderson and he wrong-footed Burge with a clever first-time finish.

Coventry's misery was compounded when Ben Stevenson was stretchered off wearing a neck brace late on following an innocuous clash.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 25Logan
  • 2RaffertyBooked at 22mins
  • 6McGahey
  • 4McNulty
  • 39BunneySubstituted forCannonat 76'minutes
  • 24Allen
  • 18Keane
  • 10Camps
  • 11Mendez-LaingSubstituted forLundat 86'minutes
  • 9AndrewSubstituted forVincentiat 90+9'minutes
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 7Vincenti
  • 8Lund
  • 13Wilson
  • 14Rathbone
  • 27Cannon
  • 28Morley
  • 32Kitching

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 2WillisSubstituted forKelly-Evansat 75'minutes
  • 4Turnbull
  • 19Rawson
  • 3Stokes
  • 31StevensonSubstituted forat 90+4'minutes
  • 5BigirimanaBooked at 45mins
  • 12Reilly
  • 27Thomas
  • 11ReidSubstituted forLameirasat 54'minutes
  • 14ThomasSubstituted forTudgayat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Lameiras
  • 13Gadzhev
  • 17Folivi
  • 20Tudgay
  • 21Foley
  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 30Kelly-Evans
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
3,202

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 2, Coventry City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 2, Coventry City 0.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Peter Vincenti replaces Calvin Andrew.

Attempt missed. Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

Jordan Turnbull (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ben Stevenson went off injured after Coventry City had used all subs.

Delay in match Ben Stevenson (Coventry City) because of an injury.

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Ben Stevenson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Matthew Lund replaces Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

Attempt missed. Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Chris Stokes.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Andrew Cannon.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Allen (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Chris Stokes.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Andrew Cannon replaces Joe Bunney.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Dion Kelly-Evans replaces Jordan Willis.

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Ruben Lameiras (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Foul by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale).

Jordan Willis (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Chris Stokes (Coventry City).

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale).

Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) 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.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Joe Bunney.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Marcus Tudgay replaces Kwame Thomas.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Ruben Lameiras replaces Kyel Reid.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 2, Coventry City 0. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Chris Stokes (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd442810686454194
2Bolton4323101063362779
3Fleetwood4422121061412078
4Scunthorpe4422101275522376
5Bradford441918758421675
6Millwall4419131262511170
7Southend4419121369521769
8Rochdale441910156960967
9Bristol Rovers441812146362166
10Oxford Utd44189176052863
11Peterborough441611175857159
12MK Dons441513165654258
13Walsall431416135052-258
14Wimbledon441317145252056
15Charlton441218145552354
16Northampton441410206070-1052
17Oldham441215173043-1351
18Gillingham441213195776-1949
19Shrewsbury441212204561-1648
20Bury431210215872-1446
21Port Vale431112204468-2445
22Swindon441111224361-1844
23Chesterfield44910254073-3337
24Coventry44812243565-3036
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