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Match Report | Rochdale 0-1 Crawley Town

9 October 2021

Rochdale fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Crawley Town on Saturday.

Kwesi Appiah’s first half goal proved to be the difference between the two sides. 


There were three changes to the eleven that line up last weekend against Bradford City, as Aidy White, Conor Grant and Liam Kelly came in for Jimmy Keohane, Stephen Dooley and Danny Cashman. 

The game started frantically with Rochdale in on goal on multiple occasions during the opening exchanges, but they couldn’t take advantage of their early threat and Crawley Town took the lead in the 14th minute when Appiah poked home from close range.

The game was evenly matched after the goal and both sides produced saves from the ‘keepers. 

Aidy White picked out Liam Kelly who sent a volley wide, while, up the other end, Joel Coleman superbly dived to his right to push away Jake Hessenthaler’s strike. 

Soon after, Aaron Morley stole the ball infield and sent Grant away up the middle. After racing into the area, he played in Abraham Odoh whose effort was kept out by the legs of Glenn Morris. 

Four minutes before the break, Sam Graham sent a looping header over from Morley’s free-kick.

HT | ROCHDALE 0-1 CRAWLEY TOWN 

Rochdale started the second half on the front foot and had a few early shots blocked, including White’s powerful effort which was well-defended by the visitors. 

Shortly after the hour mark, Crawley Town came close to doubling their advantage but Jack Payne was denied by the woodwork, with his long range strike coming crashing off the top of the bar. 

A double Dale substitution followed, as Odoh and Grant made way for Danny Cashman and Alex Newby, respectively.

White defended well to block a Tom Nichols strike from close range, before Jeriel Dorsett stood firm to keep out Hessenthaler who struck on the rebound. 

A couple of minutes later O’Keeffe threw himself in the way of Hessenthaler’s strike to block it behind. 

A third Rochdale change followed with 72 minutes on the clock, as Matty Done replaced White.

Soon after, Graham struck over from a corner, while Mark Marshall, who was in on goal, couldn’t keep his shot down and he blasted high over the bar. 

Dale went on to win a series of corners as they applied the pressure, and, most notably from one of them, Captain Eoghan O’Connell had a powerful shot form the edge of the area defended away. 

Five minutes from time, Cashman was scythed down just outside and Kelly curled the resulting free-kick over the bar at the near post. 

In stoppage time, Morley fired an effort narrowly wide of the upright from the edge of the box, while Done had saw his poke on the stretch well-saved by Morris at the near post. 

FT | ROCHDALE 0-1 CRAWLEY TOWN 


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