October 13, 2012
Spotland woes continue as Redshaw bags brace
Morecambe extended Rochdale's poor run of home form with a 2-1 victory at Spotland.
Dale's challenge at the top end of League Two has been built on their success away from home, but they have won only once on home turf so far and were second best against the Shrimps.
Morecambe let the hosts off the hook early on when Lewis Alessandra teed up Jack Redshaw, but the former Dale striker sent his shot wide of the upright.
But when an identical opportunity presented itself in the 10th minute, this time set up by Kevin Ellison, Redshaw made no mistake by sliding a neat finish past goalkeeper Josh Lillis.
Jim Bentley's side almost doubled the lead when Ellison's shot was deflected off Rhys Bennett onto the post.
For Rochdale, Dele Adebola saw his powerful close-range header brilliantly saved by Barry Roche while Kevin McIntyre's cross-cum-shot looped over the keeper onto the crossbar.
Morecambe extended their lead midway through the second half when Redshaw converted Ellison's cross.
The hosts pulled one back when George Donnelly's header was deflected past Roche off Will Haining, but the visitors went close to a third when Haining's 30-yard free kick smacked the crossbar and they hung on for a deserved win.
|1 Josh Lillis||1 Barry Roche|
|14 Kevin McIntyre||2 Nick Fenton|
|4 Peter Cavanagh||6 Will Haining|
|12 Phil Edwards||8 Andrew Wright|
|3 Rhys Bennett||18 Gary McDonald|
|2 Joe Rafferty||11 Kevin Ellison|
|5 Ryan Edwards||16 Stuart Drummond|
|11 Ashley Grimes||17 Andrew Fleming|
|8 Andrew Tutte||9 Lewis Alessandra|
|15 Dele Adebola||27 Jack Redshaw|
|9 George Donnelly||14 Jordan Burrow|
|31 Benjamin Smith||Andres Arestidou 25|
|24 Neill Byrne||Chris McCready 15|
|19 Matthew Pearson||Andy Parrish 22|
|6 Brian Barry-Murphy||Jordan Mustoe 4|
|23 Ian Craney||Izak Reid 7|
|7 Jason Kennedy||Joe McGee 19|
|17 Luke Watson||Richard Brodie 10|
|Jason Kennedy for Phil Edwards (51)||Richard Brodie for Lewis Alessandra (62)|
|Chris McCready for Kevin Ellison (86)|
|Jordan Mustoe for Jack Redshaw (88)|
|Andrew Tutte (90)||Andrew Fleming (21)|
|George Donnelly (60)|
|· Squads: Rochdale | Morecambe|