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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:

"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."

"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

Formation 3-5-2

  • 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

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 1, Rochdale 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 1, Rochdale 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Booking

    Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Rhys Bennett (Rochdale).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. James Tavernier replaces Kieran Agard.

  8. Post update

    Hand ball by Rhys Bennett (Rochdale).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Ian Henderson.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Febian Brandy replaces Joe Bunney.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Wade Elliott replaces Luke Freeman.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Nyal Bell replaces Joseph Rafferty.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

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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