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Rochdale 4-0 Walsall

Rochdale cruised back into the League One play-off positions with a comfortable win against Walsall.

Goals from Oliver Rathbone, Reuben Noble-Lazarus and a Steven Davies brace saw off the sorry Saddlers as Dale made it back-to-back 4-0 victories following Saturday's win over Swindon.

Walsall defended well for the opening half hour with the home side asking most of the questions.

The breakthrough came in the 32nd minute when Joe Thompson teed up Rathbone on the right-hand corner of the six-yard box. The former Manchester United trainee's low drive ran between goalkeeper Neil Etheridge's legs at the near post to hand Dale the lead.

Rathbone was close to a second soon after but saw his angled header saved by Etheridge, but the goalkeeper was beaten again in the 41st minute when Noble-Lazarus slammed home at the far post.

Substitute Davies converted a 74th-minute penalty after Mendez-Laing was brought down by Etheridge. Davies then latched on to a misplaced backpass in time added on before rounding the goalkeeper and finding the empty net from distance.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 25Logan
  • 2Rafferty
  • 6McGahey
  • 4McNulty
  • 3Tanser
  • 8Lund
  • 10Camps
  • 14RathboneSubstituted forOdelusiat 87'minutes
  • 16Noble-LazarusSubstituted forDaviesat 57'minutes
  • 11Mendez-LaingSubstituted forHendersonat 77'minutes
  • 15Thompson

Substitutes

  • 1Lillis
  • 5Canavan
  • 19Davies
  • 29Odelusi
  • 36Gillam
  • 40Henderson
  • 48Stewart

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 5McCarthy
  • 16Preston
  • 32Toner
  • 3Laird
  • 7Chambers
  • 2EdwardsBooked at 52mins
  • 18GinnellySubstituted forCuvelierat 65'minutes
  • 10OztumerSubstituted forBakayokoat 45'minutes
  • 44Moussa
  • 9JacksonSubstituted forMakrisat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4O'Connor
  • 6Dobson
  • 8Cuvelier
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 15Kinsella
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 33Makris
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
1,907

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home11
Away2
Shots on Target
Home9
Away0
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home5
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 4, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 4, Walsall 0.

Attempt missed. Andreas Makris (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 4, Walsall 0. Steve Davies (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Steve Davies (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott Laird (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Sanmi Odelusi replaces Oliver Rathbone.

Matthew Lund (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Walsall).

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Andreas Makris replaces Simeon Jackson.

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

Foul by Scott Laird (Walsall).

Attempt saved. Steve Davies (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Ian Henderson replaces Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

Goal!

Goal! Rochdale 3, Walsall 0. Steve Davies (Rochdale) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty Rochdale. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Neil Etheridge (Walsall) after a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

Franck Moussa (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale).

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

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Franck Moussa.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Florent Cuvelier replaces Josh Ginnelly.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jason McCarthy (Walsall).

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Matt Preston.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Steve Davies replaces Reuben Noble-Lazarus.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Scott Tanser (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Ginnelly (Walsall).

Booking

Joe Edwards (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joe Thompson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Walsall).

Attempt saved. Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Rochdale 2, Walsall 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Erhun Oztumer.

Half Time

First Half ends, Rochdale 2, Walsall 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe19134240162443
2Sheff Utd18114333201337
3Bolton19114423121137
4Bradford1998227171035
5Rochdale199372722530
6Peterborough198562821729
7Wimbledon197752822628
8Fleetwood198472924528
9Southend197662627-127
10Bristol Rovers197662732-527
11Charlton186842518726
12Port Vale197572429-526
13Millwall187472929025
14Oxford Utd197482323025
15Northampton196672827124
16Gillingham196582632-623
17Walsall185762228-622
18Swindon195592028-820
19Bury1962112635-920
20Coventry194781623-719
21MK Dons194692329-618
22Oldham193881121-1017
23Chesterfield1943122132-1115
24Shrewsbury1935111934-1514
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