League One
RochdaleRochdale3BlackpoolBlackpool0
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing has scored nine goals in 32 games for Rochdale this season

Rochdale boosted their League One play-off hopes with a comfortable victory over relegation-threatened Blackpool.

Dale took the lead against the run of play just before half-time when Ashley Eastham headed in from Donal McDermott's cross.

Joe Bunney turned in Rochdale's second from close range after the visitors had failed to clear a corner.

And Nathaniel Mendez-Laing slotted home to seal the win and extend Dale's unbeaten run to three games.

The result leaves Keith Hill's side eighth in the table, four points outside the play-off places, while Blackpool are two points adrift of safety in 21st.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"I'm pleased with the player's application and attitude. These games now aren't about technical ability or tactics, this is about endeavour pride and sacrifice and putting everything into a game.

"At this time of the season, whether you're fighting relegation or trying to get promoted, that's all it's about - heart.

"Results are important not performances, but in the second half I thought we put in an excellent performance."

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 5Eastham
  • 6Lancashire
  • 4McNulty
  • 24Allen
  • 25Rose
  • 12McDermottSubstituted forCannonat 82'minutes
  • 28Camps
  • 19Mendez-LaingSubstituted forHoltat 79'minutes
  • 39BunneySubstituted forVincentiat 77'minutesBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 7Vincenti
  • 18Holt
  • 23Collis
  • 27Cannon
  • 29Syers
  • 33Kennedy

Blackpool

  • 1Doyle
  • 16BoyceBooked at 88mins
  • 5Robertson
  • 15Aldred
  • 24Higham
  • 17PhilliskirkSubstituted forPatersonat 62'minutes
  • 19NorrisSubstituted forRedshawat 53'minutes
  • 8PottsSubstituted forSmithat 62'minutes
  • 4McAlister
  • 27Blyth
  • 9Cullen

Substitutes

  • 10Redshaw
  • 20Paterson
  • 21Osayi-Samuel
  • 22Smith
  • 23Letheren
  • 25Aimson
  • 28Yeates
Referee:
Lee Collins
Attendance:
3,247

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home13
Away4
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rochdale 3, Blackpool 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rochdale 3, Blackpool 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

  4. Post update

    Martin Paterson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Booking

    Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Booking

    Emmerson Boyce (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Clark Robertson.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Grant Holt (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Martin Paterson (Blackpool).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Andrew Cannon replaces Donal McDermott.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Grant Holt replaces Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Rochdale. Peter Vincenti replaces Joe Bunney.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Blyth (Blackpool).

  18. Post update

    Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Eastham (Rochdale).

  20. Post update

    Mark Cullen (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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