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Gillingham 2-1 Rochdale

Gillingham extended their unbeaten run to six league games after coming from behind to defeat struggling Rochdale.

Defender Andy Cannon opened the scoring for the visitors with a fine curling effort from the edge of the box after 27 minutes - his first goal for the club since August 2016.

In a tight game, the hosts had efforts from Scott Wagstaff, Mark Byrne and leading scorer Tom Eaves well saved by Dale goalkeeper Josh Lillis.

Rochdale striker Ian Henderson tested Tomas Holy with a curled attempt shortly before Cannon's opener, and then fired inches wide with a chipped shot from an acute angle.

The Gills equalised on the stroke of half-time when left-back Bradley Garmston fired home from 20 yards.

Henderson's attempted lob from distance seven minutes after the break saw him shoot onto the roof of the net, while home captain Lee Martin met substitute Elliott List's deflected cross to volley in the winner for Steve Lovell's side shortly after the hour.

Former Gillingham midfielder Billy Knott volleyed over from 10 yards on his Dale debut two minutes into stoppage time as his side went home with nothing and remain second bottom.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 13Holy
  • 2O'Neill
  • 5Ehmer
  • 6Zakuani
  • 3GarmstonSubstituted forOgilvieat 70'minutes
  • 33Byrne
  • 7WagstaffSubstituted forListat 45'minutes
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 11Martin
  • 14Parker
  • 9EavesBooked at 77mins

Substitutes

  • 1Nelson
  • 4Lacey
  • 10Wilkinson
  • 12Ogilvie
  • 19Nugent
  • 20Oldaker
  • 21List

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 29Daniels
  • 4McNulty
  • 3NtlheBooked at 7minsSubstituted forKnottat 70'minutes
  • 27CannonBooked at 87mins
  • 10CampsBooked at 75mins
  • 32Kitching
  • 39BunneySubstituted forMcGaheyat 84'minutes
  • 40Henderson
  • 16DoneSubstituted forInmanat 71'minutes
  • 9Andrew

Substitutes

  • 2Rafferty
  • 6McGahey
  • 14Rathbone
  • 17Inman
  • 22Moore
  • 25Adshead
  • 30Knott
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
4,352

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home14
Away15
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home19
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 2, Rochdale 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 2, Rochdale 1.

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

Foul by Elliott List (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Billy Knott (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Billy Knott (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

Donervon Daniels (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Byrne (Gillingham).

Booking

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

Foul by Andrew Cannon (Rochdale).

Lee Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Harrison McGahey replaces Joe Bunney.

Attempt blocked. Callum Camps (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Callum Camps (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Byrne (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Josh Parker (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Billy Knott (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Mark Kitching (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Tom Eaves (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Donervon Daniels (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Gillingham).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

Attempt blocked. Josh Parker (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Callum Camps (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

Elliott List (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Joe Bunney (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Luke O'Neill (Gillingham).

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Lee Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Bradden Inman replaces Matt Done.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Billy Knott replaces Kgosi Ntlhe.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Connor Ogilvie replaces Bradley Garmston.

Attempt saved. Luke O'Neill (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale).

Elliott List (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Mark Kitching (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 2, Rochdale 1. Lee Martin (Gillingham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Elliott List with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan26176350123857
2Shrewsbury26166434181654
3Blackburn26157448242452
4Scunthorpe27148538231550
5Bradford2715394336748
6Charlton2712783432243
7Portsmouth27133113431342
8Rotherham27125104536941
9Peterborough2711794337640
10Oxford Utd28108104341238
11Fleetwood27106113841-336
12Doncaster2798103029135
13Plymouth2898113035-535
14Gillingham2781092930-134
15Walsall268993335-233
16Blackpool2889113438-433
17Bristol Rovers27103143643-733
18Southend2887133247-1531
19MK Dons2779112838-1030
20Oldham2878134050-1029
21Northampton2885152548-2329
22Wimbledon2677122231-928
23Rochdale26410122637-1122
24Bury2745181942-2317
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