League One
RochdaleRochdale2Sheff UtdSheffield United0

Rochdale 2-0 Sheffield United

Grant Holt
Grant Holt scored 34 goals in 75 games for Rochdale before leaving for Nottingham Forest in 2006

Grant Holt scored his first goal since rejoining Rochdale to help beat Sheffield United in League One.

Rochdale goalkeeper Josh Lilis pulled off a string of excellent saves from Florent Cuvelier and Che Adams to stop the Blades taking the lead.

Dale broke the deadlock when Holt flicked on to fellow substitute Peter Vincenti, who curled past Lilis.

Holt then swept Michael Rose's corner into the roof of the net to secure the victory for Rochdale.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"Holty's come in and he's done exceptionally well in training and he's done well in the games when he's come on.

"If you want a promotion winning team, you've got to have game management, game knowledge and players who can go out there and do it without being coached.

"There's a lot of things to be said about the politics of football, the fact of the matter is, we've won 12 games and I'm pleased about that."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 15CanavanBooked at 29mins
  • 5Eastham
  • 4McNulty
  • 8LundBooked at 25minsSubstituted forBennettat 90+1'minutes
  • 25Rose
  • 24Allen
  • 39BunneySubstituted forVincentiat 45'minutesBooked at 56mins
  • 40Henderson
  • 19Mendez-LaingSubstituted forHoltat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 7Vincenti
  • 10Alessandra
  • 11Noble-Lazarus
  • 18Holt
  • 23Collis
  • 28Camps

Sheff Utd

  • 25Long
  • 17WoolfordSubstituted forDoneat 32'minutes
  • 19McEveley
  • 34Edgar
  • 6Basham
  • 5Brayford
  • 22Reed
  • 33CuvelierSubstituted forCouttsat 75'minutes
  • 7FlynnSubstituted forScougallat 75'minutes
  • 10Sharp
  • 29AdamsBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 1Howard
  • 8Coutts
  • 14Done
  • 15Collins
  • 16Scougall
  • 20Campbell-Ryce
  • 27Calvert-Lewin
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
4,210

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away10
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rochdale 2, Sheffield United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rochdale 2, Sheffield United 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Niall Canavan (Rochdale).

  4. Post update

    Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Stefan Scougall.

  6. Post update

    Michael Rose (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Stefan Scougall (Sheffield United).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Matt Done.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Rhys Bennett replaces Matthew Lund.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  11. Post update

    Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Matt Done (Sheffield United).

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Rochdale 2, Sheffield United 0. Grant Holt (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Michael Rose with a cross following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Matt Done.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Stefan Scougall.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Billy Sharp (Sheffield United).

  18. Post update

    Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. Stefan Scougall replaces Ryan Flynn.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield United. Paul Coutts replaces Florent Cuvelier.