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Rochdale 3-0 Preston North End

Jack O'Connell
O'Connell made 45 appearances for Rochdale while on a season-long loan last year

Jack O'Connell scored his second goal in two matches as Rochdale ended Preston's eight-match winning run.

The 20-year-old defender, on loan from Blackburn, headed in Scott Tanser's lofted free-kick before Ian Henderson doubled Dale's lead from six yards out.

Winger Matty Done then scored his ninth goal of the season after Preston keeper Jamie Jones spilled the ball.

Joe Garner missed the chance to add a consolation goal for Preston after his late penalty was saved by Conrad Logan.

Victory propelled Rochdale to fourth, while defeat now leaves Preston five points adrift of leaders Bristol City.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"There's a little bit of pressure on the strikers to score opportunities but equally there's pressure on the defenders to keep clean sheets and we've done that today.

"The team at the minute is probably excelling in every department at the moment but the club will find it difficult to maintain the strides that the team's making.

"We're on good form at the minute but League One can hit you square in the face."



Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Logan
  • 3BennettBooked at 60minsSubstituted forLancashireat 82'minutesSubstituted forAndrewat 88'minutes
  • 5Eastham
  • 29O'ConnellBooked at 42mins
  • 17Tanser
  • 8Lund
  • 14HerySubstituted forRaffertyat 82'minutes
  • 25Rose
  • 40Henderson
  • 12Dawson
  • 16Done


  • 2Rafferty
  • 6Lancashire
  • 9Andrew
  • 11Noble-Lazarus
  • 21Musangu
  • 28Camps


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1JonesBooked at 32mins
  • 4Wiseman
  • 5Clarke
  • 23HuntingtonBooked at 39mins
  • 16Buchanan
  • 19WelshBooked at 28minsSubstituted forBrowneat 66'minutes
  • 8KilkennySubstituted forKingat 84'minutes
  • 7Humphrey
  • 12Gallagher
  • 27RobinsonSubstituted forDaviesat 54'minutes
  • 14Garner


  • 3Laird
  • 9Davies
  • 17Reid
  • 21Stuckmann
  • 22King
  • 30Brownhill
  • 31Browne
Paul Tierney

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamPreston
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rochdale 3, Preston North End 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rochdale 3, Preston North End 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Ashley Eastham.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stephen Dawson (Rochdale) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the left.

  5. Post update

    Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Calvin Andrew replaces Oliver Lancashire because of an injury.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

  9. Post update

    Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is too high.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Jack King replaces Neil Kilkenny.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Joseph Rafferty replaces Bastien Héry.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Oliver Lancashire replaces Rhys Bennett.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Conrad Logan.

  16. Post update

    Penalty saved! Joe Garner (Preston North End) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  17. Post update

    Penalty Preston North End. Joe Garner draws a foul in the penalty area.

  18. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Ashley Eastham (Rochdale) after a foul in the penalty area.

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.