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Bristol City 1-0 Rochdale

Aaron Wilbraham
Aaron Wilbraham's 15th goal of the season won the game for the Robins

Bristol City moved eight points clear at the top of League One with a win over play-off hopefuls Rochdale.

Peter Vincenti struck the bar from a free-kick for Rochdale, before Aaron Wilbraham headed the hosts ahead from 12 yards from Luke Freeman's corner.

It was not a vintage performance from the Robins, but they were able to grind out the win, as second-placed MK Dons lost at Coventry.

Rochdale slip to 15th, and are now seven points off the top six.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Cotterill on Bristol City v Rochdale

"Rochdale come here and all the pressure is on us and we know we're expected to win.

"It was always going to be a tough game. What we couldn't allow to happen was to get done by a counter-attack.

"If we'd had played as open as we do normally, we would have come back after half-time and be picked off.

"They are the highest scorers away from home in the division so we knew a clean sheet was going to be vital."

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"Today I'm really proud of the way we played. Disappointed with the result but I thought we should have got something from the game."

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Hill on Bristol City v Rochdale

"They're an excellent side, there's no question about that, but we came to play today.

"We didn't come with any fear, we tried to score, we took one or two risks with our defensive strategy, we gave them a lot of space but I thought we defended excellently."

Line-ups

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 22Ayling
  • 4Flint
  • 3Williams
  • 2Little
  • 21Pack
  • 7Smith
  • 15FreemanSubstituted forElliottat 74'minutes
  • 17CunninghamSubstituted forBryanat 63'minutes
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 19AgardSubstituted forTavernierat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Elliott
  • 9Smith
  • 10Emmanuel-Thomas
  • 11Wagstaff
  • 13Richards
  • 23Bryan
  • 24Tavernier

Rochdale

  • 19Jones
  • 2RaffertySubstituted forBellat 68'minutes
  • 5Eastham
  • 22O'Connell
  • 33Kennedy
  • 25Rose
  • 3BennettBooked at 90mins
  • 24Allen
  • 7Vincenti
  • 39BunneyBooked at 22minsSubstituted forBrandyat 76'minutes
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 1Lillis
  • 10Brandy
  • 11Noble-Lazarus
  • 14Héry
  • 17Tanser
  • 26Logan
  • 31Bell
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
11,841

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home8
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol City 1, Rochdale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol City 1, Rochdale 0.

Attempt missed. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Joe Bryan (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rhys Bennett (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. James Tavernier replaces Kieran Agard.

Hand ball by Rhys Bennett (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Ashley Eastham (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

Attempt missed. Febian Brandy (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Ian Henderson.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Febian Brandy replaces Joe Bunney.

Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Wade Elliott replaces Luke Freeman.

Attempt missed. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Nyal Bell replaces Joseph Rafferty.

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Jamie Allen (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Korey Smith (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

Attempt saved. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Joe Bryan replaces Greg Cunningham.

Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Bunney (Rochdale).

Kieran Agard (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rhys Bennett (Rochdale).

Aden Flint (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Attempt blocked. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Frank Fielding.

Attempt saved. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Derrick Williams (Bristol City).

Joe Bunney (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City33217562303270
2MK Dons33188767333462
3Preston32188651282362
4Swindon33187859352461
5Sheff Utd3215894637953
6Doncaster33139114140148
7Chesterfield33129124744345
8Bradford32129114138345
9Port Vale33136144245-345
10Peterborough33135154043-344
11Fleetwood33128133236-444
12Barnsley33135154348-544
13Oldham321110114148-743
14Gillingham33119134650-442
15Rochdale31125145243941
16Walsall331011123336-341
17Scunthorpe32118134448-441
18Crewe33116163255-2339
19Notts County32108143340-738
20Coventry32812123444-1036
21Leyton Orient3298154348-535
22Colchester3397173955-1634
23Crawley33810153557-2234
24Yeovil3379172648-2230
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