League One
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Walsall 0-3 Rochdale

Calvin Andrew
Calvin Andrew's two goals doubled his tally for the season

Calvin Andrew scored twice after Andrew Henderson had hit Rochdale's opening goal at Bescot as new Walsall boss Sean O'Driscoll suffered his first defeat.

Andrew Cannon cut the ball back for Henderson to fire an early first-time shot past home keeper Neil Etheridge.

George Evans' blocked 20-yard drive was Walsall's only effort of note as they struggled to create clear chances.

Andrew headed Dale further ahead from a 58th-minute corner before sweeping in a third on the break late on.

After their first defeat in eight games, in all competitions, the morning League One leaders drop out of the automatic promotion places to third.

Rochdale are now up to ninth, within six points of the play-off places.

Walsall head coach Sean O'Driscoll told BBC WM:

"Frustrating. We didn't play well enough so we've got to take it on the chin.

"We started slowly but, credit to Rochdale, they've done their homework on us.

"They made it really difficult for us to get any rhythm.

"We huffed and puffed but we didn't really do enough."

Rochdale boss Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"It was the perfect performance. The players have executed the game plan to perfection. Not many mistakes.

"We totally dominated. I was really pleased with our game plan and the way we created opportunities.

"We've got a lot of respect for Walsall but, over 90 minutes, that was a great reflection of the capabilities of the squad we've got."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Demetriou
  • 6Downing
  • 4O'Connor
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forHenryat 73'minutes
  • 12Forde
  • 7Chambers
  • 27Evans
  • 21CookSubstituted forMorrisat 45'minutes
  • 10Sawyers
  • 15LalkovicSubstituted forBradshawat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Mantom
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 14Henry
  • 16Preston
  • 18Morris
  • 22Kinsella
  • 23Roberts

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 25Rose
  • 6Lancashire
  • 4McNulty
  • 27CannonBooked at 67mins
  • 28CampsSubstituted forBennettat 85'minutes
  • 8Lund
  • 12McDermottBooked at 35minsSubstituted forMendez-Laingat 90+2'minutes
  • 7VincentiBooked at 82minsSubstituted forAllenat 86'minutes
  • 9AndrewBooked at 90mins
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 5Eastham
  • 10Alessandra
  • 11Noble-Lazarus
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 21Musangu
  • 24Allen
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
4,857

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home3
Away15
Shots on Target
Home0
Away11
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 0, Rochdale 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Rochdale 3.

  3. Post update

    Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Rhys Bennett (Rochdale).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. George Evans (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing replaces Donal McDermott.

  7. Post update

    Rico Henry (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Booking

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

  10. Post update

    Foul by George Evans (Walsall).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Rose (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Rico Henry (Walsall).

  15. Post update

    Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Jamie Allen replaces Peter Vincenti.

  17. Post update

    Foul by George Evans (Walsall).

  18. Post update

    Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Rhys Bennett replaces Callum Camps.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jason Demetriou.