League Two
RochdaleRochdale3PlymouthPlymouth Argyle0

Rochdale 3-0 Plymouth Argyle

Ian Henderson

Rochdale moved into the League Two automatic promotion places with a comprehensive win over 10-man Plymouth.

The hosts took an early lead when Ian Henderson and George Donnelly linked up to send Jamie Allen through to slide beyond Pilgrims keeper Luke McCormick.

Andres Gurrieri saw red for the visitors after the break for striking Dale defender Jack O'Connell.

Henderson doubled the lead with a fine half-volley before Michael Rose completed the scoring with a neat lob.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Rochdale assistant manager Chris Beech told BBC Radio Manchester:

"Jamie Allen deserved his goal because he's been a very consistent performer for us.

"We started well and scored early and five clean sheets from six games is something to be proud of.

"We brought George (Donnelly) back into the team and he played hard and he played well. He's very difficult to defend against.

"I've not thought about Saturday (FA Cup fourth round tie against Sheffield Wednesday) because we know we'll need to be at full tilt against Chesterfield on Tuesday."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 3Bennett
  • 16Done
  • 24Allen
  • 6Lancashire
  • 22O'Connell
  • 7Vincenti
  • 4CavanaghSubstituted forDickerat 64'minutes
  • 40Henderson
  • 9DonnellySubstituted forHoganat 66'minutes
  • 25Rose

Substitutes

  • 2Rafferty
  • 5Eastham
  • 11Hogan
  • 21Thomson
  • 29Cummins
  • 38Dicker
  • 39Bunney

Plymouth

  • 23McCormick
  • 4BlanchardBooked at 82mins
  • 25PurringtonBooked at 85mins
  • 6Hourihane
  • 16Trotman
  • 17Nelson
  • 27GurrieriBooked at 53mins
  • 11Blizzard
  • 20BantonSubstituted forYoungat 57'minutes
  • 9ReidSubstituted forThomasat 78'minutes
  • 7AlessandraSubstituted forBocoat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cole
  • 8Boco
  • 14Young
  • 15Wotton
  • 18Harvey
  • 19Thomas
  • 26Parsons
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
2,839

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rochdale 3, Plymouth Argyle 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rochdale 3, Plymouth Argyle 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Neal Trotman.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Rochdale 3, Plymouth Argyle 0. Michael Rose (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

  6. Post update

    Nathan Thomas (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

  8. Post update

    Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Booking

    Ben Purrington (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ben Purrington (Plymouth Argyle).

  12. Booking

    Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

  17. Post update

    Nathan Thomas (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Nathan Thomas replaces Reuben Reid.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Romuald Boco replaces Lewis Alessandra.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Rochdale 2, Plymouth Argyle 0. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Michael Rose.