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Hartlepool United 0-3 Rochdale

Hartlepool lost by three goals for the second game in a row as Rochdale continued their push for promotion.

Dale took the lead through sub George Donnelly, who struck from close range after his first shot was blocked.

A volley from skipper Peter Cavanagh followed, with Graham Cummins sealing the win from eight yards.

Pools had gone close early on when Jordan Richards' free kick hit the underside of the bar but after the break Dale took control.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I think everyone was expecting us to slip up and I half understand why because we (former club Barnsley) used to do a lot of statistical work on energy output when we were playing against Championship sides and it can drain you for a week.

"The first half was a massive wrestle between the two sides, but it's all about results. And the players had the hunger today.

"I've witnessed Peter Cavanagh play for Accrington, Fleetwood and obviously Rochdale. But I can't remember him performing to that standard on a game that had a lot of significance to it to the remainder of the season

Line-ups

Hartlepool

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Flinders
  • 19Richards
  • 2Austin
  • 38Walker
  • 6Baldwin
  • 35Burgess
  • 7FranksSubstituted forComptonat 68'minutes
  • 8WaltonBooked at 41mins
  • 33James
  • 10PooleSubstituted forRodneyat 61'minutes
  • 11Monkhouse

Substitutes

  • 5Collins
  • 13Rafferty
  • 14Compton
  • 15Sweeney
  • 22Holden
  • 23Rodney
  • 28Hawkins

Rochdale

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Lillis
  • 7Vincenti
  • 3Bennett
  • 12LundSubstituted forDonnellyat 20'minutesSubstituted forCumminsat 81'minutes
  • 6Lancashire
  • 4CavanaghBooked at 57mins
  • 11HoganBooked at 70minsSubstituted forBunneyat 83'minutes
  • 16Done
  • 40Henderson
  • 25Rose
  • 22O'Connell

Substitutes

  • 2Rafferty
  • 5Eastham
  • 9Donnelly
  • 21Thomson
  • 24Allen
  • 29Cummins
  • 39Bunney
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
3,685

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hartlepool United 0, Rochdale 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 0, Rochdale 3.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left.

  5. Post update

    Graham Cummins (Rochdale) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Rochdale 3. Graham Cummins (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Bunney.

  8. Post update

    Nialle Rodney (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Joe Bunney (Rochdale).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Andy Monkhouse (Hartlepool United).

  11. Post update

    Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jack Baldwin (Hartlepool United) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Bunney replaces Scott Hogan.

  14. Post update

    Luke James (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Scott Hogan (Rochdale).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Graham Cummins replaces George Donnelly.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Baldwin (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

  18. Post update

    Neil Austin (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Scott Hogan (Rochdale).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Rhys Bennett.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe25138438241447
2Burton2513662923645
3Chesterfield24128437191844
4Rochdale2513483831743
5Southend2512673122942
6Fleetwood2413293829941
7Oxford Utd24109534211339
8Newport2410863427738
9Morecambe27107103135-437
10Dag & Red2697103232034
11Plymouth259792326-334
12Cheltenham258983235-333
13Exeter2595113134-332
14York2671093232031
15Wimbledon2587102729-231
16Hartlepool2587102731-431
17Mansfield2678112635-929
18Wycombe2477103033-328
19Bury2569103034-427
20Portsmouth2569102938-927
21Bristol Rovers2468102226-426
22Accrington2568112937-826
23Torquay2668122740-1326
24Northampton2557131933-1422
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