April 10, 2013
Dale down Shrimpers
Rochdale effectively ended Southend's interest in the League Two play-off race with a 4-2 win at Spotland.
Just four days after losing the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final against Crewe at Wembley, Phil Brown's men were taken apart in a dominant last half hour by Keith Hill's resurgent side.
It was Rochdale's third consecutive win and saw them go level with their opponents on 57 points in the table.
The home side took the lead in the 34th minute when Michael Rose was bundled over on the edge of the area. The full-back sent the resulting set-piece flying into the left-hand corner of Paul Smith's net.
The visitors levelled soon after the break when Mark Phillips got the slightest of touches to a Kevan Hurst free-kick, his glancing header briefly giving Southend the initiative.
But Bobby Grant headed home George Donnelly's cross before curling home a 20-yard finish to make the result safe for Dale.
Ashley Grimes' neat finish rubbed salt in the wound for Southend before Barry Corr - who had earlier hit the foot of the post with a header - powered home a Freddie Eastwood corner in time added on to reduce the arrears.
|1 Josh Lillis||1 Paul Smith|
|5 Shane Cansdell-Sherriff||23 Chris Barker|
|25 Michael Rose||15 Mark Phillips|
|4 Peter Cavanagh||29 Tamika Mkandawire|
|12 Phil Edwards||2 Sean Clohessy|
|2 Joe Rafferty||6 Ryan Cresswell|
|7 Jason Kennedy||27 Ben Reeves|
|11 Ashley Grimes||14 Kevan Hurst|
|40 Ian Henderson||26 Marc Laird|
|9 George Donnelly||10 Barry Corr|
|22 Robert Grant||20 Britt Assombalonga|
|13 Steven Collis||Daniel Bentley 17|
|37 Wayne Thomas||Michael Spillane 4|
|6 Brian Barry-Murphy||Anthony Straker 3|
|14 Kevin McIntyre||Ryan Leonard 18|
|26 Joel Logan||Mitch Pinnock 34|
|32 Callum Camps||Gavin Tomlin 21|
|27 Terry Gornell||Freddy Eastwood 7|
|Terry Gornell for George Donnelly (82)||Gavin Tomlin for Ben Reeves (66)|
|Freddy Eastwood for Kevan Hurst (78)|
|George Donnelly (31)||Ryan Cresswell (18)|
|Michael Rose (59)|
|· Squads: Rochdale | Southend United|