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Scunthorpe United 2-1 Rochdale

Paddy Madden scored a late winner as Scunthorpe moved four points clear of the League One relegation zone with victory over Rochdale.

On-loan West Brom midfielder Liam O'Neil put the Iron ahead after the break when he found the bottom corner from Richard Brindley's pull-back.

Matty Done hit his 14th goal of the season to level for Rochdale.

But O'Neil then set up Madden, who fired in on the turn for his 11th goal of the season.

The victory makes it nine games unbeaten for Mark Robins' side, while Dale slipped out of the play-off places courtesy of Bradford's win at Fleetwood.

Scunthorpe United manager Mark Robins told BBC Radio Humberside:

"It was an ideal Christmas present. We were a little lacklustre in the first half, although having said that, I thought we bossed it.

"I thought we created one or two openings without being clinical but the work rate was there again.

"They worked their socks off. I said at half-time about a bit more urgency and a bit more quality and they delivered that."

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It was a very difficult task, but we made it more difficult for ourselves with the manner in which we conceded both goals.

"It was one of those games that just gets away from you sometimes.

"I couldn't argue and I won't argue too much with the result.

"The players need to show a little bit more 'man brain' instead of being kids. I'm expecting them to close the game out at 1-1."

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 1Slocombe
  • 24Brindley
  • 25Boyce
  • 32Llera
  • 30Williams
  • 22O'NeilSubstituted forMcAllisterat 80'minutes
  • 35Osbourne
  • 9Madden
  • 12Bishop
  • 28McSheffreyBooked at 90mins
  • 19TaylorSubstituted forAdelakunat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4McAllister
  • 6Canavan
  • 14Hawkridge
  • 16Adelakun
  • 26Olejnik
  • 29Wootton
  • 37Davey

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 29O'Connell
  • 5Eastham
  • 25Rose
  • 3BennettSubstituted forNoble-Lazarusat 86'minutes
  • 12Dawson
  • 8LundSubstituted forCannonat 9'minutes
  • 40Henderson
  • 16DoneBooked at 87mins
  • 19CywkaSubstituted forAndrewat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Andrew
  • 11Noble-Lazarus
  • 14Hery
  • 21Musangu
  • 24Allen
  • 27Cannon
  • 28Camps
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
4,004

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Scunthorpe United 2, Rochdale 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 2, Rochdale 1.

  3. Post update

    Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Cannon (Rochdale).

  5. Booking

    Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Jack O'Connell (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Miguel Angel Llera (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

  9. Post update

    Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Andrew Cannon.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Reuben Noble-Lazarus.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Hakeeb Adelakun replaces Lyle Taylor.

  14. Booking

    Matt Done (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Marcus Williams (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matt Done (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Reuben Noble-Lazarus replaces Rhys Bennett.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Andrew Boyce.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Marcus Williams.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City22136339211845
2MK Dons21135348192944
3Swindon22135443222144
4Preston22135435201544
5Bradford229673026433
6Sheff Utd229672826233
7Rochdale2294939291031
8Notts County218762723431
9Chesterfield228773231131
10Peterborough2293103029130
11Oldham227962933-430
12Port Vale228592931-229
13Doncaster218582327-429
14Fleetwood227692122-127
15Walsall226972022-227
16Barnsley2275103235-326
17Scunthorpe217592836-826
18Gillingham226792632-625
19Coventry226792431-725
20Leyton Orient2257102934-522
21Crawley2257102136-1522
22Crewe2264121940-2122
23Colchester2255122740-1320
24Yeovil2255121933-1420
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