Match ends, Scunthorpe United 3, Rochdale 3.
Rochdale produced a stunning second-half fightback to claim a draw at Scunthorpe and deny new Iron manager Stuart McCall a win in his first league match in charge at Glanford Park.
Goals from Lee Novak, with just two minutes gone, and a mazy run and finish from Ryan Colclough put the Iron on course for victory with only a quarter of the contest played.
But Dale, who found the trickery of Colclough and on-loan Chelsea striker Ike Ugbo difficult to contain early on, were a much better side after the break and as the heavens opened, the goals rained in.
Oliver Rathbone pulled one back not long after the restart - reacting quickest after Jak Alnwick had kept out a powerful low drive from Sam Hart - and though Scunthorpe restored their two-goal cushion within 60 seconds via Charlie Goode's header, Dale came roaring back.
Rathbone rattled in his own and his side's second of the afternoon from outside the box before substitute Matty Gillam saw his late effort deflect into the top corner to deservedly secure a share of the spoils.
And, in a pulsating contest, Dale's afternoon could have been even better had Aaron Wilbraham not fired over the bar when the ball ran through to him in stoppage time.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 7LundBooked at 73minsSubstituted forHorsfieldat 81'minutes
- 17NovakSubstituted forHumphrysat 77'minutes
- 21HartBooked at 68mins
- 10CampsBooked at 55mins
- 27CannonSubstituted forWilbrahamat 58'minutes
- 26CloughBooked at 26minsSubstituted forGillamat 32'minutes
- Ross Joyce
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 3, Rochdale 3.
Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Charlie Goode.
Attempt missed. Stephen Humphrys (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Stephen Humphrys (Scunthorpe United).
Attempt missed. Aaron Wilbraham (Rochdale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.
Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Josh Morris (Scunthorpe United).
Foul by Sam Hart (Rochdale).
Ryan Colclough (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Callum Camps (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by James Perch.
Attempt blocked. Sam Hart (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Foul by Matthew Gillam (Rochdale).
Funso Ojo (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Goal! Scunthorpe United 3, Rochdale 3. Matthew Gillam (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Callum Camps.
Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt missed. James Perch (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner.
Substitution, Scunthorpe United. James Horsfield replaces Matthew Lund.