December 8, 2012
Grecians into top seven
Exeter moved into the npower League Two play-off places with a 3-2 win at Spotland.
The result condemned hosts Rochdale to a third straight defeat and saw John Coleman's men slip to 12th in the table.
Having shipped three first half goals against York in last weekend's 3-2 home defeat, Dale repeated the feat for a second successive match.
George Donnelly should have headed them ahead when Bobby Grant picked him out with a measured cross, the frontman directing his effort wide of the upright.
And the hosts paid the price in the 24th minute when John O'Flynn's header was fortuitously deflected into the path of Pat Baldwin, who stroked the ball past Josh Lillis from eight yards.
Three minutes late it was 2-0. There was more than a hint of offside when Jamie Cureton collected the ball on the right and crossed for O'Flynn to convert from close range, Rochdale's protestations to referee Jeremy Simpson dismissed out of hand.
Exeter's third goal was down to poor defending from the hosts. Lillis failed to cut out Craig Woodman's cross from the left and O'Flynn had the simple task of running the ball into an empty net.
Terry Gornell pulled one back for the hosts in the 67th minute and headed home Andrew Tutte's cross in time added on, but was then sent off for kicking out at former Dale defender Kevin Amankwaah as the attempted comeback fell short again.
|1 Josh Lillis||1 Artur Krysiak|
|4 Peter Cavanagh||6 Danny Coles|
|12 Phil Edwards||3 Craig Woodman|
|3 Rhys Bennett||5 Pat Baldwin|
|2 Joe Rafferty||2 Steve Tully|
|5 Ryan Edwards||8 Matt Oakley|
|7 Jason Kennedy||7 Liam Sercombe|
|8 Andrew Tutte||22 Jimmy Keohane|
|9 George Donnelly||12 Jamie Cureton|
|22 Robert Grant||10 Alan Gow|
|27 Terry Gornell||19 John O'Flynn|
|31 Benjamin Smith||Rhys Evans 24|
|19 Matthew Pearson||Kevin Amankwaah 16|
|6 Brian Barry-Murphy||Jordan Moore-Taylor 37|
|23 Ian Craney||Arron Davies 11|
|11 Ashley Grimes||Aaron Dawson 23|
|13 Ray Putterill||Elliott Chamberlain 31|
|15 Dele Adebola||Jamie Reid 35|
|Ray Putterill for Joe Rafferty (63)||Arron Davies for Jimmy Keohane (68)|
|Aaron Dawson for Alan Gow (82)|
|Kevin Amankwaah for John O'Flynn (82)|
|Ryan Edwards (19)|
|Robert Grant (22)|
|Joe Rafferty (23)|
|Jason Kennedy (87)|
|Terry Gornell (90)|
|· Squads: Rochdale | Exeter City|