November 6, 2012
Dale battle back to earn a point
Rochdale battled back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against ten-man Port Vale.
Vale's prolific marksman Tom Pope lifted a scrappy start to the contest when he tucked away his 16th goal of the season in the 27th minute.
Visiting keeper Josh Lillis did well to block Pope's header from Rob Taylor's left-wing cross, but League Two's leading scorer pounced on the rebound.
Dale striker Bobby Grant crashed a 30-yard shot against the crossbar in first half stoppage time, but Vale were full value for their interval lead.
Ben Williamson failed to hit the target with three chances to extend Vale's advantage early in the second half, but he turned provider for Pope's second in the 62nd minute.
Pope collected Williamson's low cross but still had plenty to do as he swivelled into space and lifted a 12-yard shot into the top left-hand corner of Lillis' net. Sam Morsy was then shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Jason Kennedy in the 66th minute and the youngster's indiscretion threw the visitors a lifeline.
Grant reduced the arrears in the 73rd minute when he headed in at the far post after Phil Edwards swung over a long cross from the right.
And Andrew Tuttle equalised four minutes from time with a terrific 20-yard shot into the top right-hand corner of Chris Neal's net after a short corner from Ashley Grimes.
|1 Chris Neal||1 Josh Lillis|
|2 Adam Yates||4 Peter Cavanagh|
|14 Clayton McDonald||12 Phil Edwards|
|17 Joe Davis||3 Rhys Bennett|
|7 Doug Loft||5 Ryan Edwards|
|9 Jennison Myrie-Williams||14 Kevin McIntyre|
|23 Ryan Burge||7 Jason Kennedy|
|18 Sam Morsy||8 Andrew Tutte|
|10 Ashley Vincent||15 Dele Adebola|
|11 Tom Pope||9 George Donnelly|
|19 Ben Williamson||22 Robert Grant|
|12 Sam Johnson.||Benjamin Smith 31|
|15 Chris Shuker||Matthew Pearson 19|
|3 Robert Taylor||Joe Rafferty 2|
|4 Darren Murphy||Brian Barry-Murphy 6|
|21 Kingsley James||Ashley Grimes 11|
|22 Ryan Lloyd||Ray Putterill 13|
|8 Louis Dodds||Joel Logan 26|
|Robert Taylor for Doug Loft (25)||Ashley Grimes for Dele Adebola (57)|
|Darren Murphy for Ben Williamson (68)||Ray Putterill for Kevin McIntyre (86)|
|Kingsley James for Darren Murphy (73)|
|Tom Pope (90)||Kevin McIntyre (32)|
|Robert Grant (81)|
|Phil Edwards (90)|
|Sam Morsy (68)|
|· Squads: Port Vale | Rochdale|