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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:

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O'Driscoll on Walsall v Rochdale

"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:

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Hill on Walsall v Rochdale

"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

Match ends, Walsall 0, Rochdale 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Rochdale 3.

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

Foul by Rhys Bennett (Rochdale).

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

Substitution

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

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

Booking

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

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Foul by George Evans (Walsall).

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

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

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

Foul by Rico Henry (Walsall).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Jamie Allen replaces Peter Vincenti.

Foul by George Evans (Walsall).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Rhys Bennett replaces Callum Camps.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jason Demetriou.

Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Booking

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Rico Henry (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Rico Henry (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 0, Rochdale 3. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Donal McDermott.

Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Walsall).

Callum Camps (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Adam Chambers.

Attempt saved. Donal McDermott (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Rico Henry replaces Andy Taylor.

Anthony Forde (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

Anthony Forde (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Donal McDermott (Rochdale).

Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton24163532191351
2Gillingham25155549292050
3Walsall24146440221848
4Coventry25138446242247
5Wigan24118535221341
6Peterborough25124952381440
7Southend2410773130137
8Sheff Utd2410683934536
9Rochdale249783227534
10Millwall24104103634234
11Doncaster259793133-234
12Bradford239772426-234
13Port Vale249692827133
14Bury249693337-433
15Scunthorpe2595112831-332
16Swindon2484123339-628
17Barnsley2483133441-727
18Chesterfield2583143341-827
19Fleetwood2475123234-226
20Shrewsbury2575133142-1126
21Blackpool2474132133-1225
22Oldham2331282536-1121
23Colchester2556143459-2521
24Crewe2455142344-2120
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