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Accrington Stanley 0-1 Rochdale

Oliver Rathbone's strike moved Rochdale out of the League One relegation zone with victory over relegation rivals Accrington.

On a tense night, the midfielder rifled home his sixth goal of the season in the 71st minute after the determined Aaron Wilbraham had worked hard in the area to set him up.

Brian Barry-Murphy's side move up to 19th place with Stanley just two places above them, level on points.

Dale keeper Josh Lillis was in action early on, parrying away a Sean McConville effort. But Dale grew into the game, Matt Done firing narrowly wide before Bulgarian keeper Dimitar Evtimov pulled off a superb one-handed save to keep out Ryan McLaughlin's deflected shot.

Reds winger Jordan Clark had two good chances but could not find the target with either.

Both sides went on the hunt for the winner after the break with Lillis doing well to keep out a Luke Armstrong effort from close range before Rathbone took his chance.

Stanley then pressed for an equaliser, Ross Sykes heading just wide, but it did not come.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 30Evtimov
  • 15Sykes
  • 39Armstrong
  • 3Hughes
  • 7Clark
  • 8BrownSubstituted forFinleyat 68'minutes
  • 4Donacien
  • 28Conneely
  • 11McConville
  • 26Barlaser
  • 29KeeSubstituted forSmythat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Maxted
  • 2Johnson
  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 9Zanzala
  • 14Finley
  • 17Esteves Sousa
  • 38Smyth

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 6Ebanks-Landell
  • 4McNulty
  • 3Ntlhe
  • 2McLaughlinBooked at 27mins
  • 10Camps
  • 14RathboneSubstituted forWilliamsat 89'minutes
  • 13KeohaneSubstituted forHamiltonat 45'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 18WilbrahamSubstituted forBunneyat 79'minutes
  • 40HendersonBooked at 39mins
  • 16Done

Substitutes

  • 7Dooley
  • 8Williams
  • 19Inman
  • 26Clough
  • 27Hamilton
  • 31Wade
  • 39Bunney
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
2,824

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Rochdale 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 0, Rochdale 1.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Ryan McLaughlin.

Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. M.J. Williams replaces Oliver Rathbone.

Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Ross Sykes (Accrington Stanley) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Bunney replaces Aaron Wilbraham.

Booking

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

Daniel Barlaser (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale).

Ross Sykes (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale).

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Kgosi Ntlhe.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Jimmy McNulty.

Attempt blocked. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Accrington Stanley 0, Rochdale 1. Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Wilbraham.

Paul Smyth (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Sam Finley replaces Scott Brown.

Daniel Barlaser (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale).

Foul by Luke Armstrong (Accrington Stanley).

Ryan McLaughlin (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Paul Smyth replaces Billy Kee because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Luke Armstrong (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Luke Armstrong (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Delay in match Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Daniel Barlaser (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale).

Hand ball by Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Kgosi Ntlhe (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

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

Attempt missed. Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Janoi Donacien.

goal

As It Stood

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3Barnsley412213668333579
4Portsmouth402211771432877
5Charlton412210959372276
6Doncaster4118121169521766
7Peterborough401710136254861
8Blackpool411416114745258
9Coventry411610154545058
10Burton411512145748957
11Fleetwood401511145243956
12Oxford Utd411313155056-652
13Gillingham41139195466-1248
14Shrewsbury411114164553-847
15Plymouth411211185165-1447
16Bristol Rovers411113174145-446
17Accrington411112184160-1945
18Scunthorpe41129204970-2145
19Rochdale41129205079-2945
20Wycombe411111195064-1444
21Southend41127224961-1243
22Wimbledon41127223759-2243
23Walsall41119214467-2342
24Bradford41106254369-2636
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