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Bristol Rovers 1-2 Rochdale

Matthew Lund

Rochdale came from behind to boost their promotion bid and leave Bristol Rovers in relegation danger.

Rovers took the lead when Kaid Mohamed's shot hit the inside of the post and crept over the the line.

The visitors equalised with the first attack of the second half when sub Joe Bunney capitalised on poor defending to steer a shot past Steve Mildenhall.

Matthew Lund met Michael Rose's cross at the back post to give Keith Hill's side all three points.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Post-match: Bristol Rovers' Clarke

"For me, we looked like a side that had played two games in 48 hours.

"Especially in the second half, we looked leggy and off the pace.

"The boys gave it a right go and worked hard but Rochdale's fitness levels looked a lot higher than ours.

"I think the 24 hours' rest helped their players, whereas mine looked dead on their feet."

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Post-match: Rochdale manager Hill

"The performance was superb.

"I'm really pleased with the day, the preparation, the way the players played, I'm really pleased.

"I'm just pleased with the three points but we have won the most games in this league.

"It was just reminding the players of how good we are and how to win football matches and that's what they've done today."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 30Lockyer
  • 14Brown
  • 32O'Toole
  • 6ParkesSubstituted forLucasat 79'minutes
  • 29McChrystal
  • 24O ClarkeSubstituted forBroghammerat 65'minutes
  • 25Clucas
  • 9Harrold
  • 7ClarksonSubstituted forHardingat 54'minutes
  • 39Mohamed

Substitutes

  • 11Broghammer
  • 18Harding
  • 20Gough
  • 33Santos
  • 34Keary
  • 36Lucas
  • 37Thomas

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 3Bennett
  • 25Rose
  • 12Lund
  • 22O'Connell
  • 6Lancashire
  • 7VincentiSubstituted forBunneyat 31'minutes
  • 24AllenSubstituted forMcGintyat 90+1'minutes
  • 9DonnellySubstituted forCumminsat 71'minutes
  • 14Hery
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 2Rafferty
  • 5Eastham
  • 8Kennedy
  • 21Thomson
  • 29Cummins
  • 33McGinty
  • 39Bunney
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
8,158

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away10
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Rochdale 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Rochdale 2.

Attempt missed. Seanan Clucas (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Lee Brown.

Foul by Mitch Harding (Bristol Rovers).

Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Graham Cummins (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Sean McGinty replaces Jamie Allen.

Attempt saved. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Graham Cummins (Rochdale).

Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rhys Bennett (Rochdale).

Mitch Harding (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Seanan Clucas (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

Attempt missed. Seanan Clucas (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie Lucas (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jamie Lucas replaces Tom Parkes.

Bastien Héry (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Graham Cummins replaces George Donnelly.

Attempt saved. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

Attempt blocked. Bastien Héry (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Fabian Broghammer replaces Ollie Clarke.

Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Rochdale 2. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Rose with a cross.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Mitch Harding replaces David Clarkson.

Attempt missed. George Donnelly (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Rochdale 1. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by George Donnelly.

Second Half

Second Half begins Bristol Rovers 1, Rochdale 0.

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As It Stood

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1Scunthorpe442020466402680
2Chesterfield442115867392878
3Rochdale442391266462078
4Fleetwood442291364491575
5Burton441915104739872
6Southend4418141254381668
7York4417161149391067
8Oxford Utd441614145145662
9Plymouth441610184754-758
10Bury441318135547857
11Dag & Red441415155054-457
12Mansfield441415154755-857
13Portsmouth441415154959-1057
14Wimbledon441414164751-456
15Newport441316155457-355
16Cheltenham441316155158-755
17Hartlepool441410204953-452
18Accrington441215174953-451
19Morecambe441214184964-1550
20Exeter441213195057-749
21Wycombe441114194252-1047
22Bristol Rovers441114194152-1147
23Northampton441114193656-2047
24Torquay44119243962-2342
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