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Match Report | Rochdale 0-0 Ipswich Town

5 April 2021

Rochdale secured an important point from a goalless draw with Ipswich Town on Easter Monday, as the sides shared the spoils at the Crown Oil Arena.

Jay Lynch came in for Gavin Bazunu, while Haydon Roberts started in place of Paul McShane, as Manager Brian Barry-Murphy made two changes to the side that lined up against Portsmouth on Good Friday.

The first half offered limited goal mouth action for either side, with neither team able to carve out a clear cut opportunity. 

Dale were in on goal four minutes into the game, though, when Conor Shaughnessy put a superb ball across the face of goal. However, Jake Beesley was unable to get on the end of it to turn it home. 

Alan Judge had a couple of speculative efforts from range, firstly hitting over the bar from 25-yards, before striking narrowly wide of the upright from distance.


After the re-start, Andre Dozzell curled a free-kick wide from 25-yards wide of the near post five minutes after the break.

Up the other end, a big Rochdale chance came and went in the 56th minute, when Beesley broke to the byline and sent a dangerous ball across the face of goal, but there was no-one there to turn it home.

Soon after, Rathbone clipped a cross into the area towards Beesley, but, agonisingly, it was just an inch too high for the Dale forward to get on the end of.

The first changes of the game followed in the 65th minute, with Conor Grant and Kwadwo Baah making way for Stephen Dooley and Alex Newby, in a double substitution.

Rochdale had stood firm all afternoon, preventing Ipswich from causing any problems, but when it looked like the visitors to the Crown Oil Arena might break the deadlock late on, there was a huge goal saving tackle by Jimmy Keohane on the edge of the six-yard box. He timed his challenged to perfection to hook his foot around Josh Harrop who was about to fire beyond Lynch.



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