League Two
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Rochdale 1-1 Burton Albion

Zeli Ismail

Rochdale came from behind to claim a draw against Burton but missed the chance to move into the automatic promotion spots in League Two.

Zeli Ismail reacted quickest inside the box to net the opening goal for the visitors in the first half.

Rochdale drew level after half-time following an awful error from Burton goalkeeper Rob Lainton, who failed to clear George Donnelly's looping shot.

Keith Hill's side stay in fourth place, behind Oxford on goal difference.

Albion could themselves have closed the gap on the top three, but stay in sixth.

Striker Scott Hogan should have given the home side the lead early on, showing a good burst of pace before forcing a save from Lainton.

But it was the visitors who went ahead after Ian Sharps' header was saved and the ball fell to Ismail, who kept his composure to slot home from close range.

Burton had control in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but were unable to carve out any clear-cut chances and saw their opponents equalise.

Donnelly struck a shot which looped off a defender and into the air and having had an assured first half, Lainton missed the ball while trying to punch it away and saw it fall over the line.


Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We knew what to expect from the opposition because they've done it all season. It was obvious the way they were going to play because they play like that at home - 1-0, 1-0, 1-0.

"We just had to move the ball quicker in the first half and we didn't, and I thought that was it. In the second half, we started playing a lot better and started creating space between the back four and the midfield.

"It's a point gained. It's a massive point against one of our rivals."

Burton boss Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

"I would've taken that before the match. Rochdale have probably got the best home record in the division; I think they've won 11 games at home, which is a terrific record, and I felt our game plan worked really well.

"We got our goal, but after we got it, we didn't need to go and score again, particularly as they hadn't caused us too many problems at that point.

"When we came out for the second half, it was important to remember the first half had been just that, 45 minutes, we'd worked very hard, but we needed to do it again.

"To be honest their goal came from a mistake. Rob [Lainton] felt there'd been an arm on him, but it won't be the last one we'll see a goalkeeper make.



Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 16DoneBooked at 75mins
  • 8KennedySubstituted forDonnellyat 56'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 5Eastham
  • 22O'Connell
  • 7VincentiSubstituted forGrayat 81'minutes
  • 25Rose
  • 11Hogan
  • 12Lund
  • 40Henderson


  • 4Cavanagh
  • 6Lancashire
  • 9Donnelly
  • 10Gray
  • 15Porter
  • 21Thomson
  • 24Allen


Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Lainton
  • 2Edwards
  • 14McCrorySubstituted forGrayat 56'minutes
  • 8Weir
  • 25Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 6SharpsBooked at 42mins
  • 19IsmailBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMacDonaldat 89'minutes
  • 23Palmer
  • 9AlexanderSubstituted forKeeat 75'minutes
  • 7Bell
  • 17PhillipsBooked at 25mins


  • 5Diamond
  • 11MacDonald
  • 16Lyness
  • 18Knowles
  • 21Holness
  • 26Gray
  • 29Kee
Scott Duncan

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamBurton
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rochdale 1, Burton Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rochdale 1, Burton Albion 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

  4. Booking

    George Donnelly (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by George Donnelly (Rochdale).

  6. Post update

    Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

  8. Post update

    David Gray (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ashley Eastham (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by David Gray.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Robert Lainton.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Alexander MacDonald replaces Zeli Ismail because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

  17. Post update

    Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

  20. Post update

    Billy Kee (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.