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Torquay United 2-1 Rochdale

Joss Labadie

Torquay earned a priceless victory in their fight against relegation as Joss Labadie's late goal secured all three points against in-form Rochdale.

Krystian Pearce nodded Torquay in front from a free-kick, but keeper Martin Rice's parry gave Jamie Allen the chance to tap in a Rochdale equaliser.

Torquay's Enoch Showunmi hit the bar seconds later as Rochdale switched off.

Labadie poked his side ahead from close range, before Dale's Oliver Lancashire was sent off for a second booking.

The 1,627 fans at Plainmoor had seemed resigned to witnessing yet another game pass the Gulls by without a win, before Labadie - who faces an FA misconduct charge for an alleged biting incident - made his crucial intervention.

Pearce was also key to Torquay's victory, with a series of vital tackles and interceptions at the back, although Torquay rode their luck when Lancashire's header hit the post midway through the second half.

Torquay's first win in seven saw them remain seven points adrift of safety, while Rochdale stay in third place in the table.

Line-ups

Torquay

  • 13Rice
  • 2Tonge
  • 3Nicholson
  • 6Lathrope
  • 4Downes
  • 5Pearce
  • 17Goodwin
  • 18LabadieBooked at 70mins
  • 25ShowunmiSubstituted forStockleyat 81'minutes
  • 26Benyon
  • 11Cameron

Substitutes

  • 1Poke
  • 7Mansell
  • 8Harding
  • 9Hawley
  • 19Stockley
  • 23Stevens
  • 29O'Connor

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 16DoneBooked at 63mins
  • 4Cavanagh
  • 6LancashireBooked at 88mins
  • 22O'Connell
  • 15PorterSubstituted forBunneyat 78'minutes
  • 24AllenSubstituted forGrayat 70'minutes
  • 9Donnelly
  • 25RoseSubstituted forCumminsat 85'minutes
  • 7Vincenti

Substitutes

  • 5Eastham
  • 8Kennedy
  • 10Gray
  • 12Lund
  • 21Thomson
  • 29Cummins
  • 39Bunney
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
1,627

Match Stats

Home TeamTorquayAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home21
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Torquay United 2, Rochdale 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Torquay United 2, Rochdale 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Krystian Pearce.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Krystian Pearce (Torquay United).

  5. Post update

    Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Matt Done.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Joss Labadie (Torquay United).

  8. Post update

    Peter Cavanagh (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale).

  10. Post update

    Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Krystian Pearce (Torquay United).

  13. Post update

    Graham Cummins (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United).

  15. Post update

    Jack O'Connell (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Graham Cummins replaces Michael Rose.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Torquay United 2, Rochdale 1. Joss Labadie (Torquay United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Krystian Pearce (Torquay United).

  20. Post update

    Reece Gray (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chesterfield361712757342363
2Scunthorpe361517456371962
3Rochdale351871054381661
4Burton36161284035560
5Fleetwood361771251411058
6Oxford Utd361414848341456
7Southend361312114436851
8Plymouth35149124038251
9York361213114238449
10Hartlepool361210144040046
11Morecambe351210134249-746
12Dag & Red351112124344-145
13Newport341111124346-344
14Cheltenham351014114046-644
15Wimbledon361110153541-643
16Bristol Rovers351012133436-242
17Portsmouth36915123748-1142
18Mansfield361012143649-1342
19Bury34914114040041
20Wycombe351011143842-441
21Accrington351011143945-641
22Exeter361010164148-740
23Northampton35910162944-1537
24Torquay3589183353-2033
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