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Walsall 1-2 Rochdale

Ethan Hamilton's second-half winner lifted Rochdale out of the relegation zone as they ended a six-game winless league run with victory at fellow strugglers Walsall.

The Manchester United midfielder scored for the second time in four games since joining on loan as Dale won away at Walsall for the fourth season running.

Rochdale led after just four minutes as a corner dropped to Ethan Ebanks-Landell and the defender lashed into the top corner from around six yards.

Walsall levelled after 36 minutes with a superb goal from Joe Edwards, who won a tackle on halfway and sprinted 40 yards before finding the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Rochdale regained the lead on the hour as Hamilton surged into the area before rolling a composed finish into the far corner from 15 yards.

Walsall ramped up the pressure late on but Aramide Oteh's effort was cleared off the line by Jimmy McNulty and Josh Lillis saved from Edwards to leave the Saddlers, in 17th, just three points off the League One drop zone.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 28Norman
  • 35Scarr
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3Leahy
  • 6DevlinBooked at 43minsSubstituted forBlackett-Taylorat 67'minutes
  • 2Edwards
  • 30OsbourneSubstituted forDobsonat 77'minutes
  • 11Jarvis
  • 9CookBooked at 83mins
  • 16FerrierSubstituted forOtehat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Dobson
  • 13Dunn
  • 27Fitzwater
  • 29Gordon
  • 34Laird
  • 36Oteh
  • 38Blackett-Taylor

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2McLaughlinSubstituted forBunneyat 87'minutes
  • 6Ebanks-Landell
  • 4McNulty
  • 5Delaney
  • 10Camps
  • 7DooleySubstituted forWilliamsat 90+4'minutes
  • 27HamiltonBooked at 78mins
  • 9Andrew
  • 40HendersonBooked at 90mins
  • 23HoldenSubstituted forPykeat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Williams
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 19Inman
  • 30Pyke
  • 31Wade
  • 39Bunney
  • 41Matheson
Referee:
Scott Oldham
Attendance:
4,021

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Rochdale 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Rochdale 2.

Attempt saved. Cameron Norman (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Bunney.

Booking

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Andy Cook (Walsall) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. M.J. Williams replaces Stephen Dooley.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ryan Delaney.

Attempt blocked. Aramide Oteh (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Delay in match Josh Lillis (Rochdale) because of an injury.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Bunney.

Attempt blocked. Matthew Jarvis (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Aramide Oteh (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by George Dobson (Walsall).

Stephen Dooley (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Bunney replaces Ryan McLaughlin.

Booking

Andy Cook (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andy Cook (Walsall).

Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ryan McLaughlin.

Foul by Aramide Oteh (Walsall).

Callum Camps (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Aramide Oteh (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Joe Edwards (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Booking

Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dan Scarr (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. George Dobson replaces Isaiah Osbourne.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Aramide Oteh replaces Morgan Ferrier.

Attempt blocked. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Walsall).

Stephen Dooley (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Foul by Morgan Ferrier (Walsall).

Ryan McLaughlin (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Corey Taylor replaces Nicky Devlin.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Callum Camps.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Dan Scarr.

Foul by Cameron Norman (Walsall).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton31198461273465
2Barnsley30178553262759
3Portsmouth30177650311958
4Sunderland281511249262356
5Charlton31166947321554
6Peterborough31131084941849
7Doncaster29138852381447
8Blackpool29111083127443
9Wycombe311110104142-143
10Fleetwood31119114234842
11Coventry31117133237-540
12Southend30122163937238
13Burton30108123939038
14Scunthorpe31107143856-1837
15Accrington2899102736-936
16Plymouth31106153952-1336
17Walsall3098133447-1335
18Rochdale3197153862-2434
19Gillingham3096154049-933
20Bristol Rovers3088142933-432
21Oxford Utd30711123746-932
22Bradford3195173651-1532
23Shrewsbury30710133242-1031
24Wimbledon3065192246-2423
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