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Rochdale 1-2 Walsall

Andy Taylor
Defender Andy Taylor equalled his tally for last season having scored just once in 48 appearances

Walsall maintained their unbeaten start to the season as second-half goals from Andy Taylor and Sam Mantom condemned Rochdale to a first defeat.

The Saddlers took the lead as a swift counter-attack saw Taylor volley home Milan Lalkovic's cross.

Mantom doubled the visitors' lead at Spotland as his deflected shot looped over goalkeeper Josh Lillis.

Dale claimed a consolation as Ian Henderson's header rattled the bar but Calvin Andrew netted from the rebound.

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM 95.6:

"It was a good game to watch and a great result because you know you've got a tough game when you come to Rochdale.

"They don't give you any respite and you have to work hard for everything you get here.

"We're showing a lot of character and resilience at the moment."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2RaffertyBooked at 55minsSubstituted forBunneyat 57'minutes
  • 4McNulty
  • 6Lancashire
  • 33Kennedy
  • 3Bennett
  • 7VincentiSubstituted forAndrewat 69'minutes
  • 12McDermott
  • 24Allen
  • 28CampsSubstituted forRoseat 53'minutes
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 5Eastham
  • 9Andrew
  • 10Alessandra
  • 17Tanser
  • 23Collis
  • 25Rose
  • 39Bunney

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Demetriou
  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Downing
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forHenryat 74'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 18MorrisBooked at 85mins
  • 8Mantom
  • 17FlanaganSubstituted forFordeat 67'minutes
  • 15LalkovicSubstituted forSawyersat 67'minutes
  • 9Bradshaw

Substitutes

  • 10Sawyers
  • 11Baxendale
  • 12Forde
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 14Henry
  • 16Preston
  • 21Cook
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
2,381

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rochdale 1, Walsall 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rochdale 1, Walsall 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

  4. Post update

    Kieron Morris (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Paul Downing.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Paul Downing.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Paul Downing.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Booking

    Kieron Morris (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Michael Rose (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Kieron Morris (Walsall).

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Rochdale 1, Walsall 2. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Rico Henry replaces Andy Taylor because of an injury.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Rochdale 0, Walsall 2. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Tom Kennedy (Rochdale).

  17. Post update

    Jason Demetriou (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Bradshaw (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Calvin Andrew replaces Peter Vincenti.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Donal McDermott (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.