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Walsall 0-3 Rochdale

Rochdale bounced back from their FA Cup humbling at Tottenham by climbing off the foot of League One with an emphatic victory at Walsall.

Jim McNulty, Ian Henderson and a super solo goal from debutant Bournemouth loanee Mihai Dobre moved Dale above Bury but they remain nine points from safety, albeit with games in hand.

They took the lead as McNulty jumped higher than Walsall's defenders to loop a header home from Brad Inman's corner for his first goal for the club.

It was almost 2-0 when Ryan Delaney glanced a free header wide, before Dale keeper Josh Lillis parried fierce strikes from Walsall pair Kieron Morris and George Dobson.

Rochdale sealed the points after the break as Henderson's curling shot from 15 yards out found the bottom corner.

Walsall could have pulled one back moments later as Delaney tripped Amadou Bakayoko, but Lillis impressively saved Erhun Oztumer's penalty.

But Dale added a third late on as Romanian teenager Dobre turned a defender inside out before surging into the area and slotting into the bottom corner.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 13Roberts
  • 6Devlin
  • 24Roberts
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3LeahyBooked at 66mins
  • 11Morris
  • 7ChambersSubstituted forCuvelierat 64'minutes
  • 4Dobson
  • 25KouhyarSubstituted forShaibuat 45'minutes
  • 10Oztumer
  • 18NgoySubstituted forBakayokoat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gillespie
  • 8Cuvelier
  • 15Kinsella
  • 16Shaibu
  • 17Flanagan
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 23Fitzwater

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 4McNulty
  • 21Delaney
  • 6McGahey
  • 2Rafferty
  • 10Camps
  • 17InmanSubstituted forDobreat 73'minutes
  • 27Cannon
  • 16Done
  • 7HumphrysSubstituted forDaviesat 56'minutes
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 12Wiseman
  • 14Rathbone
  • 19Davies
  • 22Moore
  • 31Hart
  • 32Kitching
  • 33Dobre
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
3,505

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home6
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 0, Rochdale 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Rochdale 3.

George Dobson (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Cannon (Rochdale).

Hand ball by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 0, Rochdale 3. Mihai-Alexandru Dobre (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andrew Cannon.

Jon Guthrie (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Steve Davies (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

Penalty saved! Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Ryan Delaney (Rochdale) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Mihai-Alexandru Dobre replaces Bradden Inman.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 0, Rochdale 2. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bradden Inman.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Julien Ngoy.

Jon Guthrie (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steve Davies (Rochdale).

Booking

Luke Leahy (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Justin Shaibu (Walsall).

Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Luke Leahy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Florent Cuvelier replaces Adam Chambers.

Justin Shaibu (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale).

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jon Guthrie (Walsall).

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

Attempt saved. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Steve Davies replaces Stephen Humphrys.

Attempt missed. Ryan Delaney (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Adam Chambers.

Attempt blocked. Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Julien Ngoy (Walsall).

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

Attempt missed. Stephen Humphrys (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 6th March 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Blackburn362110567353273
2Shrewsbury34208645261968
3Wigan32207559203967
4Rotherham341951058391962
5Scunthorpe361512951411057
6Plymouth35158124342153
7Charlton33149104341251
8Peterborough341311105344950
9Bradford34155144851-350
10Bristol Rovers35154165052-249
11Portsmouth35154164244-249
12Gillingham351113113939046
13Walsall361111144752-544
14Southend34128144254-1244
15Doncaster351012134344-142
16Oxford Utd34119144951-242
17Blackpool341012124244-242
18Oldham34109154858-1039
19Wimbledon35108173446-1238
20Northampton35108173456-2238
21Fleetwood34107174556-1137
22MK Dons35711173248-1632
23Rochdale31611143241-929
24Bury3478192850-2229
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