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Report: Dale 0-1 Rotherham United

7 October 2017

Rochdale were beaten 1-0 by Rotherham United at the Crown Oil Arena in a closely fought encounter.

The only goal of the match came 12 minutes after the break, when Richard Wood headed home a corner kick at the back post.

Steven Davies struck the top of the crossbar shortly afterwards, and Bradden Inman spurned Dale’s best chance in added time when he volley over Davies’ knockdown.

There were two changes from last Saturday’s goalless draw at AFC Wimbledon, as Steven Davies and Matty Done replaced Bradden Inman and Calvin Andrew.

Davies saw a header from a Donervon Daniels cross held up high, before the forward almost produced the spectacular.

He took Daniels’ throw-in on his chest, before turning and sending a volley goalwards from over 30-yards, which landed on the roof of the net.

Callum Camps sent a first time effort well over, shortly before Josh Lillis was called into action for the first time.

Will Vaulks headed a deep free-kick goalwards, and only the slightest of fingertip saves from Lillis turned the ball around the post.

Lillis was there again two minutes later, when he raced out of his goal to deny Richie Towell who had latched on to a ball over the top.

Anthony Forde scuffed an effort straight into the arms of Lillis, before Towell mishit an effort well wide as the game went into the break goalless.

The deadlock was broken 12 minutes into the second period though, when the visitors took the lead.

A controversial free-kick was mishandled behind by Lillis, and from the corner kick, Wood rose highest at the back stick to nod home the opener.

Dale were inches away from levelling matters almost instantly. Joe Bunney’s corner was met by Davies at the far post, whose header cannoned off the top of the crossbar.

Ollie Rathbone was replaced by Andrew just after the hour mark, and his first act was to head into the path of Henderson, whose flicked found Davies. However, the striker’s effort was off target.

Another Bunney corner caused problems as Henderson met it, but his goalbound header was diverted behind for another corner.

Inman and Jordan Slew replaced Camps and Done as Dale tried in earnest to find an equaliser, and Inman had a great chance in added time to do just that.

Bunney’s cross was won at the back post by Davies, nodding into the path of Inman, who sent his volley well over the crossbar.

Davies headed a Bunney corner well wide with the final chance of the match, as Rotherham took the spoils.

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