February 26, 2013
Vital victory for Stanley
Accrington picked up their first away win since November as they beat Rochdale 3-0 at Spotland to lift themselves out of the npower League Two relegation zone.
Leam Richardson's men had not won a game since New Year's Day and were second best for the first half of this contest.
But they improved significantly after the break and two stunning strikes from Lee Molyneux and a close range effort from Romauld Boco condemned Dale to their first home defeat since Keith Hill returned to the club as manager last month.
The home side were close to taking the lead when Michael Rose crossed for Jason Kennedy but the midfielder headed wide from eight yards. Terry Gornell then fired a shot across the mouth of Paul Rachubka's goal but his effort ran the wrong side of the far post while Ashley Grimes side-footed wide after linking up well with Gornell on the edge of the area.
But the visitors opened up after the break and started to find gaps in Dale's defence. James Beattie had a shot deflected into Josh Lillis' arms before Molyneux broke the deadlock with a stunning 30-yard strike into the top right-hand corner of the net in the 76th minute.
And Molyneux wrapped up the win minutes later with another peach of a strike, a 25-yard free-kick which left Lillis rooted to the spot.
Boco netted the third when he slipped the ball into the net after Beattie's shot had been pushed onto the bar by Lillis.
|1 Josh Lillis||1 Paul Rachubka|
|5 Shane Cansdell-Sherriff||16 Nicky Hunt|
|25 Michael Rose||5 Mark Hughes|
|12 Phil Edwards||34 Lawrence Wilson|
|3 Rhys Bennett||2 Peter Murphy|
|6 Brian Barry-Murphy||6 Dean Winnard|
|7 Jason Kennedy||3 Michael Liddle|
|28 Ritchie Jones||4 Luke Joyce|
|11 Ashley Grimes||21 James Beattie|
|8 Andrew Tutte||33 Romuald Boco|
|27 Terry Gornell||17 James Gray|
|13 Steven Collis||Andrew Dawber 22|
|19 Matthew Pearson||Lee Molyneux 24|
|2 Joe Rafferty||Tom Aldred 26|
|14 Kevin McIntyre||George Miller 12|
|23 Andrew Haworth||Anime Linganzi 27|
|26 Joel Logan||Will Hatfield 10|
|9 George Donnelly||Markus Carver 19|
|Andrew Haworth for Ritchie Jones (60)||Tom Aldred for Mark Hughes (11)|
|George Donnelly for Terry Gornell (71)||Lee Molyneux for Lawrence Wilson (59)|
|Joel Logan for Brian Barry-Murphy (80)||Anime Linganzi for James Gray (60)|
|Ritchie Jones (36)||Peter Murphy (74)|
|· Squads: Rochdale | Accrington Stanley|