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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:

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Smith on Rochdale v Walsall

"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

Match ends, Rochdale 1, Walsall 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 1, Walsall 2.

Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

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

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Paul Downing.

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

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Paul Downing.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Paul Downing.

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Kieron Morris (Walsall).

Goal!

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

Substitution

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

Goal!

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

Foul by Tom Kennedy (Rochdale).

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Calvin Andrew replaces Peter Vincenti.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Romaine Sawyers replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Anthony Forde replaces Reece Flanagan.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 0, Walsall 1. Andy Taylor (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Milan Lalkovic.

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

Donal McDermott (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Attempt saved. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Reece Flanagan (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Sam Mantom (Walsall).

Donal McDermott (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Kieron Morris (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Oliver Lancashire.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Bunney replaces Joseph Rafferty.

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Donal McDermott (Rochdale).

Booking

Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Milan Lalkovic (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Michael Rose replaces Callum Camps.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Coventry33009279
2Gillingham32107257
3Walsall32105237
4Rochdale32015236
5Chesterfield32015416
6Burton32014316
7Barnsley32015506
8Sheff Utd32015506
9Swindon31208535
10Oldham31202115
11Fleetwood31115504
12Scunthorpe21013213
13Port Vale30303303
14Peterborough310236-33
15Millwall310248-43
16Doncaster20201102
17Bury302167-12
18Colchester302134-12
19Shrewsbury301235-21
20Southend201113-21
21Wigan201102-21
22Blackpool301236-31
23Crewe301225-31
24Bradford301237-41
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