League One
Rochdale1Bristol Rovers0

Rochdale 1-0 Bristol Rovers

Rochdale ended a five-game run without a win by beating Bristol Rovers in League One.

The only goal of the game came seven minutes in from a move started by captain Ian Henderson, who earlier in the day had signed a new three-year deal.

Henderson set Brad Inman free down the left-hand channel and he drew Rovers keeper Adam Smith off his line before clipping a neat effort towards the net.

The ball looked likely to find its target but Matt Done, racing in ahead of the opposition, made sure with the simplest of close-range finishes.

Rovers' growing influence in the game almost bore fruit on 29 minutes when a hashed clearance from Joe Rafferty dropped invitingly for Ollie Clarke and his volleyed effort from 18 yards only just cleared the crossbar.

After the break Clarke sliced wide when presented with an opening 10 yards from goal and the Dale goal led a charmed life in the 75th minute when Daniel Leadbitter's cross prompted confusion between Josh Lillis and Jim McNulty but the ball ran wide of the far post.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2Rafferty
  • 6McGahey
  • 4McNulty
  • 39Bunney
  • 16Done
  • 10Camps
  • 12Williams
  • 17InmanSubstituted forWilliamsat 73'minutes
  • 9AndrewSubstituted forDaviesat 72'minutes
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 3Ntlhe
  • 7Slew
  • 11Williams
  • 14Rathbone
  • 19Davies
  • 22Moore
  • 29Daniels

Bristol Rovers

  • 21Smith
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 22PartingtonSubstituted forLinesat 57'minutes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 16Broadbent
  • 3Brown
  • 7Sercombe
  • 24SinclairBooked at 87mins
  • 8O ClarkeSubstituted forNicholsat 70'minutes
  • 30Gaffney
  • 9HarrisonBooked at 63minsSubstituted forTelfordat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Slocombe
  • 6Sweeney
  • 11Nichols
  • 14Lines
  • 18Telford
  • 19Moore
  • 20Bola
Referee:
Scott Oldham
Attendance:
2,944

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 1, Bristol Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 1, Bristol Rovers 0.

Attempt saved. Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

M.J. Williams (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by M.J. Williams (Rochdale).

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Booking

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Matt Done (Rochdale) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Daniel Leadbitter.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Harrison McGahey.

Attempt saved. Dominic Telford (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Daniel Leadbitter.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Dominic Telford replaces Ellis Harrison.

Attempt blocked. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Steve Davies.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

Attempt blocked. Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Chris Lines.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Jordan Williams replaces Bradden Inman.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Steve Davies replaces Calvin Andrew.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Tom Nichols replaces Ollie Clarke.

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Chris Lines replaces Joe Partington.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

Harrison McGahey (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury1511402491537
2Wigan1511222992035
3Bradford158342418627
4Charlton148332216627
5Rotherham158162819925
6Blackburn137241910923
7Oxford Utd156542618823
8Scunthorpe156541511423
9Blackpool146442018222
10Peterborough146352421321
11Fleetwood146352323021
12Portsmouth156271919020
13Southend155551926-720
14Walsall154742123-219
15MK Dons155461722-519
16Bristol Rovers156092329-618
17Rochdale153751518-316
18Doncaster154381720-315
19Wimbledon15438916-715
20Oldham144372331-815
21Bury143381621-512
22Northampton153391226-1412
23Gillingham15258919-1011
24Plymouth152491123-1210
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