Match ends, Rochdale 2, Fleetwood Town 3.
Fleetwood Town twice came from behind to earn a victory away at Rochdale.
The home side edged ahead five minutes before the break when Stephen Dooley's corner was headed home by Aaron Wilbraham.
Fleetwood started the second half well and were level within nine minutes of the restart, Paddy Madden pouncing after Ched Evans' header was saved by Robert Sanchez.
Wilbraham had his second of the afternoon, restoring the home side's lead on the hour mark, but Dale were pegged back once again just five minutes later.
Substitute Kyle Dempsey sent a shot goalward from distance and seeing his effort squeeze through a crowded penalty area and ricochet off Wilbraham for an unfortunate own goal.
There was a long stoppage in play when Rhys Norrington-Davies collided with Billy Crellin, with both players down for a lengthy spell and eventually Norrington-Davies was stretchered off.
All Dale's subs were on the field by that point and as the 10 men adjusted, Fleetwood broke forward and took the lead for the first time in the game in the 89th minute as Wes Burns swept home the late winner.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 6O'ConnellBooked at 90mins
- 20RyanSubstituted forRathboneat 61'minutes
- 7DooleySubstituted forAndrewat 78'minutes
- 16DoneSubstituted forBaahat 66'minutesBooked at 88mins
- 18WilbrahamBooked at 41mins
- 2CoyleBooked at 90mins
- 28SowerbySubstituted forBurnsat 64'minutes
- 11MorrisSubstituted forMcAlenyat 75'minutes
- 27BigginsSubstituted forDempseyat 65'minutes
- Andy Haines
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Rochdale 2, Fleetwood Town 3.
Attempt missed. Paddy Madden (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ched Evans following a fast break.
Offside, Rochdale. Luke Matheson tries a through ball, but Kwadwo Baah is caught offside.
Foul by Kyle Dempsey (Fleetwood Town).
Luke Matheson (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Lewie Coyle (Fleetwood Town).
Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt saved. Conor McAleny (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ched Evans.
Attempt saved. Ched Evans (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paddy Madden with a cross.
Kyle Dempsey (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kwadwo Baah (Rochdale).
Foul by Paddy Madden (Fleetwood Town).
Callum Camps (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by M.J. Williams.
Eoghan O'Connell (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Conor McAleny (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Callum Camps (Rochdale).
Attempt blocked. Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.