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Rochdale 4-0 Walsall

Rochdale picked up their second victory in three League One games as they thrashed Walsall at Spotland.

Rochdale led when Matt Done raced on to Peter Vincenti's flick-on to round Saddlers goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell.

After Ashley Eastham glanced in Scott Tanser's free-kick, Ian Henderson then added a third before the interval.

Andy Butler, who returned to Walsall last week on loan, turned Jamie Allen's cross into his own net to compound a miserable night for the Saddlers.

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"Yes, we've got injuries but that is no excuse. As a defensive unit we were very poor. It was atrocious defending.

"Rochdale are a good team and have players in form, but, at any level, if you give goals away like that, you will get walloped.

"We had an experienced back-line out there, but we gave ourselves a mountain to climb with our first-half performance.

"The lads will come in on their day off and we'll have a look at it. We have to make sure that we learn from it and respond in the right way."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 22Logan
  • 5Eastham
  • 29O'Connell
  • 17Tanser
  • 2Rafferty
  • 12Dawson
  • 24Allen
  • 14HerySubstituted forAndrewat 83'minutes
  • 7VincentiSubstituted forBennettat 89'minutes
  • 40Henderson
  • 16DoneSubstituted forFenelonat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 6Lancashire
  • 9Andrew
  • 21Musangu
  • 33Kennedy
  • 39Bunney
  • 45Fenelon

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 44Butler
  • 3Taylor
  • 6Downing
  • 4O'Connor
  • 27FordeSubstituted forBaxendaleat 83'minutes
  • 26CliffordSubstituted forMorrisat 62'minutes
  • 17Flanagan
  • 14Benning
  • 37MansetSubstituted forGrimesat 90+4'minutes
  • 10Sawyers

Substitutes

  • 5Holden
  • 11Baxendale
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 18Morris
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 22Kinsella
  • 24Grimes
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
2,082

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 4, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 4, Walsall 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Ashley Grimes replaces Mathieu Manset.

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Rochdale).

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Rhys Bennett replaces Peter Vincenti.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Allen (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by James O'Connor (Walsall).

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Anthony Forde.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Calvin Andrew replaces Bastien Héry.

Attempt saved. Malvind Benning (Walsall) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Shamir Fenelon replaces Matt Done.

Attempt missed. Matt Done (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Conrad Logan.

Attempt saved. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Reece Flanagan (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Stephen Dawson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

Goal!

Own Goal by Andy Butler, Walsall. Rochdale 4, Walsall 0.

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Billy Clifford.

Attempt missed. Billy Clifford (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Billy Clifford (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Stephen Dawson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Reece Flanagan (Walsall).

Foul by Scott Tanser (Rochdale).

Anthony Forde (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Bastien Héry (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

Mathieu Manset (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Allen (Rochdale).

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Reece Flanagan (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Billy Clifford (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Second Half

Second Half begins Rochdale 3, Walsall 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City86201541120
2Peterborough8512138516
3Chesterfield7421138514
4MK Dons74121510513
5Bradford84131210213
6Sheff Utd741297213
7Swindon7331128412
8Coventry8332109112
9Fleetwood732264211
10Gillingham83231112-111
11Rochdale8314159610
12Preston7241129310
13Oldham824299010
14Crawley8314410-610
15Notts County72327619
16Yeovil8233912-39
17Barnsley6222121118
18Doncaster722369-38
19Leyton Orient714267-17
20Walsall8143610-47
21Scunthorpe8215718-117
22Colchester8125913-45
23Port Vale8125815-75
24Crewe7115715-84
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