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Match Report | Rochdale 0-0 Swindon Town

2 April 2022

Match Reports

Match Report | Rochdale 0-0 Swindon Town

2 April 2022

Rochdale secured an important point at home to play-off chasing Swindon Town on Saturday.

The two sides played out a goalless draw, in a battling encounter at the Crown Oil Arena. 

Manager Robbie Stockdale named an unchanged side for the match. 

Rochdale had the first on-target shot of the game, when Max Clark had an effort held by JoJo Wollacott early on. 

The match was fairly even during the opening exchanges, until Man of the Match Jay Lynch did superbly well to deny the visitors on 22 minutes. The Dale goalkeeper got behind Joe Tomlinson’s dipping effort from distance but he couldn’t quite get a hold of it and had to pull off a quick reaction save to get up and keep out Josh Davison on the rebound from close range.

Up the other end, Liam Kelly then struck over from 25-yards, after Clark’s cross was cleared away as far as the midfielder. 

Tomlinson then had a couple of opportunities for the Robins. 

He struck a dipping effort from range narrowly over the bar, before Lynch flew to his left to get behind his on-target free-kick, beating it away.

Soon after, the Rochdale ‘keeper held an effort from Jonny Williams, after he’d poked an effort shot wards from the edge of the area from a cleared corner. 

Dale had chances of their own before the break. 

Charman got a near post head on a corner, but saw his flick drop narrowly wide of the far post, with Cashman inches away from getting a touch.

Kelly then fired over from range, while Stephen Dooley had a shot held. Conor Grant slid in Charman down the right side of the area and he flashed a ball across the face of goal. Agonisingly, there was no-one there to steer the ball home but Clark keeps it alive at the back post and found Dooley, who had a low strike held.

Swindon should have opened the scoring inside the first sixty seconds after the break when the ball was flashed across the face of goal but Davison turned it wide. 

Jack Payne then dragged an effort narrowly wide of the far post. 

Grant had a low shot held, while Ricky Aguiar shot down and into the ground and wide of the post, from the edge of the area, a short time later. 

Rochdale’s first substitution of the game followed in the 66th minute, as Cashman made way for Matty Done. 

A fantastic Lynch double save followed. He firstly parried away Mandela Egbo’s effort before getting up and flying out of his goal to block the rebound. An offside flag went up in the end, however the Dale goalkeeper wasn’t to know. 

A second substitution came in the 83rd minute - George Broadbent replacing Kelly, but both sides had to settle for a point with the game ending in a draw. 

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