Match ends, Gillingham 1, Rochdale 0.
Gillingham secured back-to-back home wins for the first time since February as they beat nine-man Rochdale in an ill-tempered game.
Bradley Dack headed in the game's only goal, as he rose well to nod in Doug Loft's corner from close range.
Rochdale were reduced to 10 men when keeper Jamie Jones was sent off for fouling Cody McDonald.
Matty Lund, making his first start for Dale since Boxing Day, was dismissed shortly after when he fouled Dack.
The result all but ended the visitors' League One play-off hopes, whilst the Gills rise to ninth.
Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:
"I'm not happy with the standard of refereeing. I'm not happy with Andy D'urso's performance today, I'm really disappointed, I'm not disappointed of the way my players have handled themselves.
"I have to suffer now as I believe the referee's had a really bad game and it's probably cost us something from the game. "
"It's a penalty, there's no doubt about it and it's possibly a card, I don't know what colour, but it's definitely penalty."
- 11McGlashanBooked at 66minsSubstituted forBellat 89'minutes
- 7LoftBooked at 53minsSubstituted forPritchardat 80'minutes
- 10McDonaldBooked at 38minsSubstituted forNorrisat 73'minutes
- 19JonesBooked at 63mins
- 8LundBooked at 70mins
- 11Noble-LazarusSubstituted forRoseat 52'minutes
- 7VincentiSubstituted forLillisat 64'minutes
- 9AndrewSubstituted forLoganat 61'minutes
- Andy D'Urso
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Gillingham 1, Rochdale 0.
Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).
Tom Kennedy (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Jermaine McGlashan (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Jamie Allen (Rochdale).
Foul by Luke Norris (Gillingham).
Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Gillingham. Amari'i Bell replaces Jermaine McGlashan.
Attempt missed. Leon Legge (Gillingham) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.
Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Andrew Cannon.
Attempt missed. Jamie Allen (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Hand ball by Andrew Cannon (Rochdale).
Foul by John Egan (Gillingham).
Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Substitution, Gillingham. Josh Pritchard replaces Doug Loft.
Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Josh Lillis.
Attempt saved. John Egan (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.