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Rochdale 1-1 Bradford City

A draw at Rochdale saw Bradford finish the season in fifth place and book a League One play-off semi-final against Fleetwood.

Keith Hill's Rochdale went into the game knowing that should Millwall and Southend slip up, a victory over the Bantams would earn them the final play-off berth.

And when Stuart McCall named a team with no less than nine changes to the side which had beaten AFC Wimbledon, the hosts might have imagined their opponents' thoughts were already on the play-offs

But the Bantams matched Dale's appetite for the contest and took the lead in the ninth minute, with Alex Gilliead advancing into the area down the right and squaring for Alex Jones, who wrong-footed Conrad Logan with a neat finish.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing was denied by Rouven Sattelmaier when one on one with the Bradford goalkeeper and the stopper later pushed over Calvin Andrew's shot.

Bradford twice hit the woodwork through Gilliard and Daniel Devine either side of the break, but Rochdale deservedly drew level through Matt Lund in the 66th minute.

It was not enough, however, as Millwall's win at Bristol Rovers secured the last play-off spot.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 25Logan
  • 2Rafferty
  • 6McGahey
  • 4McNulty
  • 39Bunney
  • 10Camps
  • 8LundBooked at 77minsSubstituted forNoble-Lazarusat 86'minutes
  • 24Allen
  • 11Mendez-Laing
  • 40HendersonSubstituted forMcDermottat 11'minutesSubstituted forCannonat 72'minutes
  • 9Andrew

Substitutes

  • 5Canavan
  • 7Vincenti
  • 12McDermott
  • 13Wilson
  • 14Rathbone
  • 16Noble-Lazarus
  • 27Cannon

Bradford

  • 12Sattelmaier
  • 2Darby
  • 23McArdle
  • 26Kilgallon
  • 5Toner
  • 24Devine
  • 8Dieng
  • 11Hiwula-Mayifuila
  • 10ClarkeSubstituted forPybusat 73'minutes
  • 18GillieadSubstituted forHudsonat 55'minutes
  • 19JonesSubstituted forPenneyat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Doyle
  • 16Hanson
  • 17Penney
  • 20Pybus
  • 22Knight-Percival
  • 32Hudson
  • 36Peters
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
6,876

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home25
Away10
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 1, Bradford City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 1, Bradford City 1.

Foul by Andrew Cannon (Rochdale).

Timothee Dieng (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Rouven Sattelmaier.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Stephen Darby.

Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) hits the left post with a header from the right side of the six yard box.

Attempt saved. Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by Stephen Darby (Bradford City).

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stephen Darby (Bradford City).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Reuben Noble-Lazarus replaces Matthew Lund.

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

Foul by Daniel Pybus (Bradford City).

Attempt saved. Timothee Dieng (Bradford City) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

Daniel Pybus (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Ellis Hudson.

Booking

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

Stephen Darby (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

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

Attempt blocked. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Daniel Devine (Bradford City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Harrison McGahey.

Foul by Andrew Cannon (Rochdale).

Matt Penney (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Daniel Pybus replaces Billy Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Andrew Cannon replaces Donal McDermott.

Attempt missed. Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Timothee Dieng.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 1, Bradford City 1. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

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

Foul by Matt Penney (Bradford City).

Attempt missed. Billy Clarke (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Rouven Sattelmaier.

Attempt saved. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd4630106924745100
2Bolton4625111068363286
3Scunthorpe4624101280542682
4Fleetwood4623131064432182
5Bradford462019762431979
6Millwall462013136657973
7Southend4620121470531772
8Oxford Utd462091765521369
9Rochdale461912157162969
10Bristol Rovers461812166870-266
11Peterborough461711186262062
12MK Dons461613176058261
13Charlton461418146053760
14Walsall461416165158-758
15Wimbledon461318155255-357
16Northampton461411216073-1353
17Oldham461217173144-1353
18Shrewsbury461312214663-1751
19Bury461311226173-1250
20Gillingham461214205979-2050
21Port Vale461213214570-2549
22Swindon461111244466-2244
23Coventry46912253768-3139
24Chesterfield46910274378-3537
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