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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:

"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:

"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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Rochdale 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Rochdale 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Lee Brown.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Mitch Harding (Bristol Rovers).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Graham Cummins (Rochdale).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Sean McGinty replaces Jamie Allen.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Graham Cummins (Rochdale).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Rhys Bennett (Rochdale).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
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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