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Walsall 0-2 Rochdale

In-form Rochdale eased to a fifth straight victory as they boosted their League One play-off bid with a win at mid-table Walsall.

Ian Henderson - with his eighth league goal of the season - and Joe Thompson netted close-range finishes in each half to keep Dale fourth in the table.

Walsall should have led on 14 minutes as clever touches from first Simeon Jackson and then Florent Cuvelier found Amadou Bakayoko free in the box, but he skied a golden chance from 10 yards.

Rochdale made them pay, going ahead on 23 minutes as Walsall keeper Neil Etheridge could only get fingertips on a deep cross and Joe Rafferty's volley was tapped home by Henderson.

Bakayoko almost fashioned an equaliser to make amends for his earlier miss when he robbed a Dale defender to feed Cuvelier, but he was denied by visiting keeper Conrad Logan.

Rochdale were denied a second goal early in the second half as Etheridge parried Callum Camps' 30-yard free-kick and Henderson was booked for putting the ball back in over the line with his hand.

But they sealed the points on 74 minutes as Thompson pounced on static Walsall defending to poke home Harrison McGahey's cross from five yards.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1EtheridgeBooked at 35mins
  • 5McCarthy
  • 4O'Connor
  • 24Roberts
  • 3Laird
  • 2Edwards
  • 7Chambers
  • 8Cuvelier
  • 11MorrisBooked at 25minsSubstituted forMoussaat 70'minutes
  • 9JacksonSubstituted forOztumerat 63'minutes
  • 20Bakayoko

Substitutes

  • 6Dobson
  • 10Oztumer
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 15Kinsella
  • 22Sangha
  • 33Makris
  • 44Moussa

Rochdale

  • 25Logan
  • 2Rafferty
  • 4McNulty
  • 18KeaneBooked at 57mins
  • 39BunneySubstituted forMcGaheyat 68'minutes
  • 10Camps
  • 8Lund
  • 14RathboneSubstituted forMendez-Laingat 90+4'minutes
  • 15ThompsonSubstituted forDaviesat 88'minutes
  • 9AndrewBooked at 55mins
  • 40HendersonBooked at 52mins

Substitutes

  • 1Lillis
  • 5Canavan
  • 6McGahey
  • 11Mendez-Laing
  • 16Noble-Lazarus
  • 19Davies
  • 24Allen
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
4,667

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 0, Rochdale 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Rochdale 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing replaces Oliver Rathbone.

Attempt missed. Jason McCarthy (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joseph Rafferty.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

Attempt blocked. Adam Chambers (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Keith Keane (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Steve Davies replaces Joe Thompson.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jason McCarthy.

Attempt blocked. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Kory Roberts (Walsall).

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

Attempt missed. Franck Moussa (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Scott Laird (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 0, Rochdale 2. Joe Thompson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Scott Laird (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Harrison McGahey (Rochdale).

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jason McCarthy.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Franck Moussa replaces Kieron Morris.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Harrison McGahey replaces Joe Bunney because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Joe Bunney (Rochdale) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Erhun Oztumer replaces Simeon Jackson.

Attempt missed. Simeon Jackson (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Jason McCarthy (Walsall).

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. James O'Connor (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Booking

Keith Keane (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Keith Keane (Rochdale).

Booking

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

Florent Cuvelier (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd25165446242253
2Bolton25155534171750
3Scunthorpe25147448232549
4Rochdale25143840301045
5Bradford251012331211042
6Fleetwood2511773628840
7Southend2510963529639
8Peterborough24108638261238
9Millwall2511594139238
10Bristol Rovers2510694044-436
11Charlton2581163326735
12Oxford Utd259792928134
13Wimbledon258983632433
14Walsall2571082633-731
15Port Vale2587102737-1031
16Northampton2586113536-130
17Gillingham2586113240-830
18MK Dons2577112934-528
19Swindon2567122438-1425
20Bury2564153449-1522
21Chesterfield2564152743-1622
22Coventry2549122337-1421
23Shrewsbury2556142439-1521
24Oldham24310111227-1519
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