League One
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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

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rochdale 4, Walsall 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rochdale 4, Walsall 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Ashley Grimes replaces Mathieu Manset.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Dawson (Rochdale).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Rhys Bennett replaces Peter Vincenti.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by James O'Connor (Walsall).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Anthony Forde.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Calvin Andrew replaces Bastien Héry.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Shamir Fenelon replaces Matt Done.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Conrad Logan.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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