Match ends, Rochdale 1, Coventry City 2.
Coventry bolstered their bid for automatic promotion as goals from Michael Rose and Matty Godden gave them victory at Rochdale.
Aaron Wilbraham pulled one back for the home side but Mark Robins' men ran out worthy winners.
The Sky Blues were ahead just four minutes in, Liam Walsh's cross from the left looping over Robert Sanchez in the Dale goal and picking out the run of Rose, who climbed above the back-pedalling defence to head home.
Dale were denied when Ian Henderson met Rhys Norrington-Davies' cross and volleyed on target, Marko Marosi scrambling the ball onto the foot of the post.
Coventry doubled their lead in the 71st minute when the home side ran into trouble attempting to play out from the back. Fankaty Dabo intercepted a loose pass and fed Jamie Allen and when he picked out Godden, the frontman fired across Sanchez and into the corner of the net.
Dale kept the game alive when Wilbraham scored a scrappy goal just 60 seconds later but the visitors saw the rest of the game out comfortably to end the day in second place.
Report supplied by PA Media.
- 41MathesonBooked at 41mins
- 6O'ConnellSubstituted forMcNultyat 45'minutes
- 15McShaneBooked at 50mins
- 22BaahSubstituted forDoneat 39'minutes
- 7DooleySubstituted forWilbrahamat 63'minutes
- 40HendersonBooked at 78mins
- 31McCallumBooked at 21mins
- 8AllenSubstituted forShipleyat 85'minutes
- 24GoddenSubstituted forBiamouat 86'minutes
- Chris Sarginson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Rochdale 1, Coventry City 2.
Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Dominic Hyam.
Attempt blocked. Paul McShane (Rochdale) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Jimmy Ryan with a cross.
Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Liam Kelly.
Attempt blocked. Matt Done (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Wilbraham with a headed pass.
Attempt missed. Callum O'Hare (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Substitution, Coventry City. Maxime Biamou replaces Matt Godden.
Substitution, Coventry City. Jordan Shipley replaces Jamie Allen.
Attempt missed. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.
Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.
Offside, Coventry City. Liam Walsh tries a through ball, but Jamie Allen is caught offside.
Callum O'Hare (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Rochdale).
Offside, Rochdale. Jimmy Ryan tries a through ball, but Aaron Wilbraham is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Liam Kelly (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.
Rhys Norrington-Davies (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Liam Walsh (Coventry City).
Ian Henderson (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).