Rochdale secured a point from Saturday's derby against Oldham Athletic as they drew their third successive game.
The first chance of the game came in the 17th minute and it fell to Alessandra. Matthew Lund’s defence splitting pass found Andy Cannon, who squared for the former Oldham man. However, he slipped at the crucial moment and sent his effort well over.
The match remained an even affair with neither side giving an inch. The visitors only really troubled Dale from a number of set-pieces midway through the first period. Brian Wilson sent an effort well wide when he looked offside, before front man Michael Higdon crept in at the back post but couldn’t get enough on the ball in to send his effort on target.
James Wilson headed just wide from a Mike Jones free-kick with the visitor’s best chance, before namesake Brian sent a curling effort over the bar.
Neither side could claim to deserve the lead at the break, but Keith Hill’s men created the best chances of the opening period.
Proceedings evened out and Dale created the first chance of the half, with Allen finding Cannon on the right, but the full back sent his shot over the bar.
The game was never allowed to flow with the referee blowing for every niggle, which affected the rhythm of both sides. Carl Winchester, Cameron Dummigan and Mark Yeates had long range efforts well over for the visitors as the clock ticked down towards stoppage time.
Neither side could create anything in the five minutes of time that were added as Dale drew 0-0 for the third time in a week.
Next up is the long trip to Southend in a week’s time to wrap up the month of October.