League One
Rochdale3Blackpool0

Rochdale 3-0 Blackpool

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:

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Hill on Blackpool win

"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

Match ends, Rochdale 3, Blackpool 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 3, Blackpool 0.

Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

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

Booking

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Emmerson Boyce (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.

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

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Clark Robertson.

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

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

Foul by Martin Paterson (Blackpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Andrew Cannon replaces Donal McDermott.

Substitution

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Peter Vincenti replaces Joe Bunney.

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

Foul by Jacob Blyth (Blackpool).

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

Foul by Ashley Eastham (Rochdale).

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

Attempt missed. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Mark Cullen (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Michael Rose (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Callum Camps (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Jamie Allen (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jacob Blyth (Blackpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Liam Smith replaces Brad Potts.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Martin Paterson replaces Danny Philliskirk.

Foul by Donal McDermott (Rochdale).

Brad Potts (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 3, Blackpool 0. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Donal McDermott.

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

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jamie Allen.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Brad Potts.

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

Foul by Danny Philliskirk (Blackpool).

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

Foul by Jim McAlister (Blackpool).

Foul by Donal McDermott (Rochdale).

Danny Philliskirk (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan422214672393380
2Burton422381151351677
3Walsall412111960421874
4Bradford422011114839971
5Millwall422091364471769
6Gillingham4219111266481868
7Barnsley422061663511266
8Rochdale421810146253964
9Sheff Utd421711146153862
10Scunthorpe421711145346762
11Port Vale431711155251162
12Coventry4216121461461560
13Southend421611155555059
14Peterborough42176197366757
15Bury421512155163-1257
16Swindon42149195768-1151
17Chesterfield42147215466-1249
18Oldham421018144253-1148
19Fleetwood421114174952-347
20Shrewsbury411211185066-1647
21Blackpool43129223954-1545
22Doncaster421011214460-1641
23Colchester42911225391-3838
24Crewe42612244278-3630
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