Bristol Rovers 1-2 Rochdale: Match Report

21 April 2014 02:31
Bristol Rovers 1-2 Rochdale: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.

Dale pile misery on Pirates

Former Bristol Rovers loanee Matt Lund scored the goal that kept Rochdale on course for automatic promotion with a 2-1 win at the Memorial Stadium and pushed his old club closer to dropping out of the Football League.

Lund was left with a simple tap in the 63rd minute after a low cross from Michael Rose had been allowed to reach the far post.

It completed a second-half turnaround as Rochdale had equalised a matter of seconds after the interval, substitute Joe Bunney clinically shooting home from a George Donnelly pass.

Kaid Mohammed had put Rovers in front in the 17th minute, running onto a through pass from John-Joe O'Toole to slip a low shot past the advancing Josh Lillis. The ball rolled against the inside of a post and then along the goal-line, an eagle-eyed linesman ruling that it had entered the net before being cleared.

Rochdale could have been two up inside five minutes as Steve Mildenhall made a reaction save to keep out a Lund glancing header and then spread himself to block a Peter Vincenti volley.

Lillis save well from Matt Harrold before the visitors twice went close again, Ian Henderson striking a post from 25 yards and Bunney, who had replaced the injured Vincenti, shooting badly wide of an open goal.

Source: PA