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Gillingham 1-1 Rochdale

Rochdale remain in the League One relegation zone despite extending their unbeaten run to four games with a draw at Gillingham.

Leading scorer Ian Henderson put the visitors ahead after 37 minutes with his sixth goal in five games against the Gills, slotting past Tomas Holy from Joe Bunney's well-worked free-kick.

Midfielder Mark Byrne met Tom Eaves' cross to powerfully head past Josh Lillis two minutes into first-half stoppage time to earn Steve Lovell's side a point.

Byrne had earlier fired against the crossbar from six yards out after dribbling his way through the Dale defence.

The Gills were also left to rue missed chances from loanee Graham Burke, who twice fired over the bar, both times following good play by Brandon Hanlan.

Rochdale, who remain unbeaten under caretaker manager Brian Barry-Murphy, were denied a second-half winner by two good Holy saves within a minute.

The Czech goalkeeper produced a smart stop to keep out Ollie Rathbone's low shot before making a fingertip save to deny Matt Done.

Report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1Holy
  • 2O'Neill
  • 5Ehmer
  • 34Ogilvie
  • 12FullerBooked at 90mins
  • 8ParrettSubstituted forReesat 90+1'minutes
  • 33Byrne
  • 17Da Silva Lopes
  • 10BurkeSubstituted forCharles-Cookat 86'minutes
  • 9Eaves
  • 7HanlanBooked at 59mins

Substitutes

  • 4Lacey
  • 11Charles-Cook
  • 14Campbell
  • 20Oldaker
  • 21King
  • 24Rees
  • 32Catherall

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 6Ebanks-LandellBooked at 52mins
  • 4McNulty
  • 3Ntlhe
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 14RathboneSubstituted forDooleyat 84'minutes
  • 10Camps
  • 39BunneyBooked at 80mins
  • 40HendersonBooked at 22minsSubstituted forKeohaneat 73'minutes
  • 18WilbrahamBooked at 62minsSubstituted forAndrewat 64'minutesBooked at 65mins
  • 16Done

Substitutes

  • 5Delaney
  • 7Dooley
  • 9Andrew
  • 13Keohane
  • 23Holden
  • 27Hamilton
  • 31Wade
Referee:
Alan Young
Attendance:
4,686

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 1, Rochdale 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 1, Rochdale 1.

Booking

Barry Fuller (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Barry Fuller (Gillingham).

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

Delay in match Callum Camps (Rochdale) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Josh Rees replaces Dean Parrett.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Gillingham).

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

Attempt missed. Tom Eaves (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Regan Charles-Cook (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Regan Charles-Cook replaces Graham Burke.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Stephen Dooley replaces Oliver Rathbone.

Attempt missed. Brandon Hanlan (Gillingham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Graham Burke (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Joe Bunney (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Luke O'Neill (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).

Mark Byrne (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Done (Rochdale).

Delay in match Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jimmy Keohane (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Oliver Rathbone.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

Attempt blocked. Barry Fuller (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Jimmy Keohane replaces Ian Henderson.

Foul by Leonardo Da Silva Lopes (Gillingham).

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

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Tomas Holy.

Attempt saved. Matt Done (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Booking

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

Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Calvin Andrew.

Attempt blocked. Tom Eaves (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Calvin Andrew replaces Aaron Wilbraham.

Booking

Aaron Wilbraham (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

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1Luton402511478324686
2Barnsley402213567303779
3Portsmouth392111768412774
4Sunderland371916264343073
5Charlton392010956371970
6Doncaster4017121168521663
7Peterborough391610136054658
8Blackpool401415114543257
9Coventry40169154545057
10Fleetwood391510145041955
11Burton391411145346753
12Oxford Utd401213154755-849
13Gillingham40139185464-1048
14Plymouth401211175163-1247
15Shrewsbury401113164452-846
16Bristol Rovers401112174145-445
17Wycombe391111174860-1244
18Accrington381111164055-1544
19Scunthorpe40128204869-2144
20Southend40126224759-1242
21Walsall40119204364-2142
22Wimbledon40126223658-2242
23Rochdale39119194877-2942
24Bradford40106244368-2536
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