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Rochdale 2-1 Port Vale

Port Vale's four-game League One winning run ended as they surrendered an early lead to lose to Rochdale.

Vale winger Chris Birchall nipped in ahead of Jim McNulty to round keeper Joel Castro Pereira and slip the ball inside the near post on 13 minutes.

But Dale levelled from Ian Henderson's 40th-minute penalty following Carl Dickinson's foul on Donal McDermott.

Nat Mendez-Laing knocked in a rebound to win it on 78 minutes prior to captain Carl Dickinson's sending off.

Dickinson, who was red carded in added time for an off-the-ball challenge on Henderson, had earlier seen his header graze the top of Pereira's crossbar after Mendez-Laing had slammed a shot against the foot of the post at the other end.

Both sides hit the woodwork after the break, Mendez-Laing slamming a shot against the foot of the post for Dale.

But, when James Hooper's effort was blocked, the rebound ran kindly for Mendez-Laing who applied a cool finish to find the bottom corner of Jak Alnwick's net and earn victory.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Hill on Rochdale v Port Vale

"I enjoyed watching the game, I thought the performance merited 3 points. I must admit I do believe we were given a penalty that was an excellent challenge from one of their defenders, I don't think it was a penalty and I think the referee has got that wrong. I am one of those that comes out and complains about referees.

"As a home manager to get the advantage their when the opposition is winning 1-0. It was a big lift for us but I think we were playing well and I do believe we deserved the 3 points from the performance.

"I think we've got a very good squad of players, but we are dealing with inconsistent performances. Individually we have to crack that nut. On any given Saturday we're a very, very good side but I just want a little bit of individual consistency. This season I think we've been inconsistent with performances which has led to inconsistent results."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 44Castro Pereira
  • 3Bennett
  • 6Lancashire
  • 4McNulty
  • 17Tanser
  • 16O'SullivanBooked at 15minsSubstituted forMcDermottat 34'minutesBooked at 54mins
  • 28CampsBooked at 88mins
  • 39BunneySubstituted forMendez-Laingat 57'minutes
  • 40Henderson
  • 34HooperSubstituted forRaffertyat 89'minutes
  • 9AndrewBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 5Eastham
  • 7Vincenti
  • 12McDermott
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 25Rose

Port Vale

  • 21Alnwick
  • 16Yates
  • 5McGivern
  • 6Duffy
  • 3DickinsonBooked at 90mins
  • 7BirchallSubstituted forKellyat 66'minutes
  • 8O'Connor
  • 42Grant
  • 11Foley
  • 20Leitch-SmithSubstituted forIkpeazuat 73'minutes
  • 10DoddsSubstituted forHooperat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Neal
  • 2Purkiss
  • 4Streete
  • 9Ikpeazu
  • 14Daniel
  • 15Hooper
  • 18Kelly
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
2,510

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away8
Fouls
Home17
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 2, Port Vale 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 2, Port Vale 1.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) for a bad foul.

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Carl Dickinson (Port Vale).

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

Anthony Grant (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Oliver Lancashire.

Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Port Vale).

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Richard Duffy.

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

Attempt saved. Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Joseph Rafferty replaces James Hooper.

Booking

Callum Camps (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

Anthony Grant (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Ryan McGivern (Port Vale).

Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by JJ Hooper (Port Vale).

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. JJ Hooper replaces Louis Dodds.

Foul by Donal McDermott (Rochdale).

Anthony Grant (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Sam Kelly (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 2, Port Vale 1. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Carl Dickinson (Port Vale) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Joel Castro.

Attempt missed. Uche Ikpeazu (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Scott Tanser (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Uche Ikpeazu replaces A-Jay Leitch-Smith.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

Attempt saved. A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Sam Kelly replaces Chris Birchall.

Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Anthony Grant.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Adam Yates.

goal

As It Stood

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2Gillingham20115439251438
3Burton1912252215738
4Walsall19106332181436
5Wigan2097429191034
6Peterborough20103746311533
7Millwall199463026431
8Southend208752522331
9Bradford208752220231
10Bury208663130130
11Port Vale208572623329
12Sheff Utd207673230227
13Rochdale207672423127
14Scunthorpe2082102427-326
15Doncaster206682026-624
16Chesterfield2072112535-1023
17Swindon2064102934-522
18Fleetwood2063112729-221
19Shrewsbury1963102528-321
20Colchester2055103049-1920
21Oldham2031072232-1019
22Blackpool2054111628-1219
23Crewe2054111933-1419
24Barnsley2053122534-918
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