A stoppage time goal from Bobby Grant earned Rochdale a vital three points on Easter Monday as Dale secured a deserved 2-1 win over Exeter City at St James’ Park.
The Grecians went into the interval with a one goal advantage, despite Rochdale dominating the half, but two late goals ensured Keith Hill's side made the long trip home with an invaluable victory. Ian Henderson levelled the scoring on 85 minutes, before Grant secured the win in the 94th minute.
Hill gave his thoughts on the game to Dale Player after the match: “Our performance was good but we married that with the result. You think to yourself how are we going in at half time a goal down? Then you think of the chances we created in the second half and we’ve got what looks like a very good performance but again find ourselves staring defeat in the face.
“That disappointment soon turned into pleasure and it’s a fine margin. If we had lost that game I would have been going home thinking how have lost it.
“It is difficult to keep explaining to people that you’re playing quite well but not picking up positive results, so to get the result in the manner that we played is a double bubble for me. I’m really pleased.
"It’s a great result and a result that we needed and it takes a little bit of pressure off us. Theoretically we’re not safe, but if we were to go down on 51 points that would be a record for anyone getting relegated.”
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