April 6, 2013
Dale earn vital victory
Rochdale took another step away from the danger zone with a battling 3-0 victory at Fleetwood Town.
Winger Ian Henderson opened the scoring after just eight minutes, slamming the ball home after a fine breakaway run by George Donnelly.
Junior Brown could have leveled for the home team before the break, his 25-yard effort tipped over the bar by Josh Lillis.
And Dale doubled their advantage on the hour, the Fleetwood defence opening up in front of George Donnelly and although Scott Davies put his body in the way it was not enough to keep the ball from crossing the line.
Town were handed a lifeline with ten minutes to play, Michael Rose's scissor tackle on Jamille Matt earning Graham Alexander's men a penalty and a chance to keep their own play-off hopes alive.
Andy Mangan, returning from injury, stepped up to take it but Josh Lillis guessing correctly, diving to his right to deny the substitute.
Fleetwood's hopes of a comeback were ended when defender Nathan Pond was sent off for his involvement in a touchline altercation - Jason Kennedy rubbing salt into wounds with his late blast from inside the box.
|1 Scott Davies||1 Josh Lillis|
|13 Alan Goodall||5 Shane Cansdell-Sherriff|
|12 Junior Brown||25 Michael Rose|
|15 Conor McLaughlin||4 Peter Cavanagh|
|27 Ryan Edwards||12 Phil Edwards|
|11 Barry Nicholson||2 Joe Rafferty|
|37 Paul McKenna||7 Jason Kennedy|
|18 Jamie McGuire||11 Ashley Grimes|
|32 Gareth Evans||40 Ian Henderson|
|6 Nathan Pond||9 George Donnelly|
|10 Jamille Matt||22 Robert Grant|
|33 David Lucas||Steven Collis 13|
|25 Robert Atkinson||Wayne Thomas 37|
|4 Anthony Barry||Brian Barry-Murphy 6|
|24 Ryan Crowther||Kevin McIntyre 14|
|14 Andrew Mangan||Andrew Haworth 23|
|26 David Ball||Terry Gornell 27|
|5 Jean-Michel Fontaine||Joel Logan 26|
|Andrew Mangan for Paul McKenna (46)||Terry Gornell for George Donnelly (90)|
|Ryan Crowther for Gareth Evans (54)||Brian Barry-Murphy for Peter Cavanagh (90)|
|Ryan Edwards (50)||Peter Cavanagh (57)|
|Jamie McGuire (72)|
|Nathan Pond (77)|
|Barry Nicholson (85)|
|Nathan Pond (81)|
|· Squads: Fleetwood Town | Rochdale|