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Rochdale 2-0 Cheltenham Town

Rochdale players celebrate with selfie

Rochdale secured promotion to League One with victory over Cheltenham.

Peter Vincenti gave Dale an early lead when he side-footed home an Ian Henderson pass from 10 yards.

The lead was doubled shortly after when Henderson slotted home from close range following good work from George Donnelly and Bastien Hery.

The Robins rarely threatened and the hosts ran out comfortable victors to ensure a return to League One after two seasons in the fourth tier.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I'm pleased that we've given our place in League One back to the supporters.

"I'm not one for really big celebrations.

"I like to celebrate a little bit, I like to analyse and there's a great sense of feeling inside of emotional achievement."

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I thought mobility was a massive problem for us today in terms of desire, recovery runs and our willingness to stay with people wasn't anywhere near what it should have been and it cost us two goals.

"Joe Hanks got his chance today and showed that he's got ability. He's got a long way to go but we've given him a taste of it.

"We've had a mediocre season and we want one like Rochdale have had. We've got to try and put a plan of action into place to make that happen."

Line-ups

Rochdale

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Lillis
  • 3Bennett
  • 25Rose
  • 12Lund
  • 6Lancashire
  • 22O'Connell
  • 7Vincenti
  • 14Hery
  • 9DonnellySubstituted forBunneyat 73'minutes
  • 24Allen
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 2Rafferty
  • 4Cavanagh
  • 5Eastham
  • 16Done
  • 21Thomson
  • 29Cummins
  • 39Bunney

Cheltenham

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Brown
  • 20Jombati
  • 22Braham-Barrett
  • 25NobleSubstituted forWilliamsat 72'minutes
  • 5Brown
  • 6Elliott
  • 11McGlashan
  • 8DeeringSubstituted forHanksat 45'minutes
  • 9Harrison
  • 7CuretonSubstituted forKotwicaat 71'minutes
  • 14Richards

Substitutes

  • 10Gornell
  • 12Roberts
  • 17Hanks
  • 19Kotwica
  • 21Vincent
  • 27Williams
  • 28Ihiekwe
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
4,372

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rochdale 2, Cheltenham Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rochdale 2, Cheltenham Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Troy Brown.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Bunney replaces George Donnelly.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Harry Williams replaces David Noble.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Zack Kotwica replaces Jamie Cureton.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Scott Brown.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. George Donnelly (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  15. Post update

    Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Hanks (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Ian Henderson.

  19. Post update

    Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rochdale452491268462281
2Scunthorpe452020566422480
3Chesterfield442115867392878
4Fleetwood4522101365501576
5Burton441915104739872
6York4518161150391170
7Southend4518151255391669
8Oxford Utd451614155247562
9Plymouth451611184855-759
10Bury451319135951858
11Portsmouth451416155363-1058
12Dag & Red451415165057-757
13Mansfield451415164858-1057
14Wimbledon451414174754-756
15Newport451316165458-455
16Cheltenham451316165160-955
17Accrington451315175154-354
18Hartlepool451411205054-453
19Morecambe451314185264-1253
20Exeter451313195257-552
21Bristol Rovers451214194353-1050
22Northampton451214193956-1750
23Wycombe451114204354-1147
24Torquay45129244263-2145
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