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Rochdale 2-1 Accrington Stanley

Matty Lund headed a late winner to keep Rochdale among the automatic promotion contenders with victory against relegation-threatened Accrington.

Stanley's Piero Mingoia broke the deadlock for James Beattie's visitors with a fine volley from 20 yards.

Rochdale equalised when Dean Winnard's attempt to head clear a Joe Rafferty cross hit Lund in the face and flew past goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.

Dale won it in stoppage time when Lund nodded home from close range.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Post-match: Rochdale manager Hill

"It's a strange game, wasn't it? But at the end of the day it's about results, and we got the right result.

"I was very close to making three substitutes when we scored [the equaliser].

"I suppose we got two scruffy ones but I'll take them all day, every day."

Accrington manager James Beattie told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"The lads were tremendous and we were better for large periods. We haven't got what we deserved from the game - the performance deserved something.

"Piero scored an amazing goal and they changed their tactics. They scored one of the luckiest goals I've ever seen to get back into the game and then there's a sucker punch at the end."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 16Done
  • 4Cavanagh
  • 5Eastham
  • 22O'Connell
  • 40HendersonSubstituted forBunneyat 84'minutes
  • 24AllenSubstituted forVincentiat 90+3'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 29CumminsSubstituted forDonnellyat 78'minutes
  • 12Lund
  • 25Rose

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 7Vincenti
  • 8Kennedy
  • 9Donnelly
  • 15Porter
  • 21Thomson
  • 39Bunney

Accrington

  • 26Bettinelli
  • 23BuxtonSubstituted forOdejayiat 90+3'minutes
  • 19Wilson
  • 2MurphyBooked at 68mins
  • 5Aldred
  • 6Winnard
  • 15MingoiaSubstituted forWindassat 90+1'minutes
  • 4Joyce
  • 17GraySubstituted forNaismithat 83'minutes
  • 10Hatfield
  • 13Molyneux

Substitutes

  • 9Webber
  • 11Naismith
  • 16Hunt
  • 20Windass
  • 24Odejayi
  • 25Atkinson
  • 44Bowerman
Referee:
Andy D'Urso
Attendance:
2,841

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home10
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rochdale 2, Accrington Stanley 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rochdale 2, Accrington Stanley 1.

  3. Booking

    Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

  5. Post update

    Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Peter Vincenti replaces Jamie Allen.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Kayode Odejayi replaces Adam Buxton.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Rochdale 2, Accrington Stanley 1. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Josh Windass replaces Piero Mingoia.

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Kal Naismith (Accrington Stanley).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  14. Post update

    Foul by George Donnelly (Rochdale).

  15. Post update

    Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Bunney replaces Ian Henderson.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Kal Naismith replaces James Gray.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Gray (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  19. Post update

    Michael Rose (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chesterfield371812760342666
2Scunthorpe371617458372165
3Rochdale361971056391764
4Fleetwood371871254421261
5Burton37161384136561
6Oxford Utd371414948371156
7Southend371313114436852
8York371313114438652
9Plymouth36149134040051
10Hartlepool371310144440449
11Cheltenham361114114146-547
12Morecambe361211134350-747
13Dag & Red361113124445-146
14Newport341111124346-344
15Wimbledon371111153642-644
16Mansfield371013143750-1343
17Bury35915114040042
18Bristol Rovers361012143440-642
19Portsmouth37915133851-1342
20Wycombe361011153844-641
21Accrington361011154047-741
22Exeter361010164148-740
23Northampton36911163045-1538
24Torquay3689193354-2133
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