Dale drop down to third
Burton hold on to claim away victory
Last Updated: 01/05/10 6:21pm
Harrad: Scored penalty
Rochdale's bid to end the season as runners up in League Two was dealt a blow as they closed their home campaign with a 2-1 defeat by Burton.
It was Dale's sixth defeat in their last eight games and allowed Bournemouth to leapfrog them into second place in the table.
The home side created a host of chances in the first half but Keith Hill's men have been struggling for goals recently - just two in their last seven games - and that pattern continued with Chris O'Grady smashing one against the bar and Chris Dagnall failing to make the most of two gilt-edged opportunities when clean through on goal.
Burton's best effort in the opening 45 minutes was a 25-yard volley from Cleveland Taylor, Dale goalkeeper Kenny Arthur diving full stretch to his left to push the shot round the post.
Taylor's luck was in after the break when his 62nd minute cross dipped over Arthur and into the net.
Four minutes later Burton doubled their advantage when Craig Dawson felled Steve Kabba and Shaun Harrad sent Arthur the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Gary Jones saw a thumping drive saved by Kevin Poole before O'Grady netted a consolation, making the goalkeeper pay for hesitancy and lofting one into an unguarded net.
Sky Bet League 2
Sat 1st May
Rochdale1 - 2Burton Alb
Accrington2 - 0Chesterfld
Bournemth4 - 0Port Vale
Macc'field0 - 2Darlington
Rotherham0 - 0Crewe
Grimsby2 - 0Barnet
Bury0 - 3Torquay
Notts Co5 - 0Cheltenham
Bradford2 - 0Northamptn
Shrewsbury2 - 3Morecambe
Dag + Red2 - 1Hereford
Aldershot3 - 1Lincoln
Sky Bet League 2
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