Rochdale suffer play-off blow
Last Updated: April 25, 2011 7:19pm
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Rochdale's play-off hopes suffered a blow after they were comfortably beaten 3-1 by Charlton at The Valley on Monday.
Charlton enjoyed a bright start, but had to wait until the 31st minute to make the breakthrough. Bradley Wright-Phillips played in Therry Racon and the Addicks midfielder drilled a low shot beyond the reach of Rochdale goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams from 20 yards.
Charlton were unfortunate not to double the lead just before the break when Wright-Phillips again turned provider, finding Nathan Eccleston just inside the area. The on-loan Liverpool player did well to create space for himself before firing in a shot that Fon Williams pushed wide.
Rochdale drew level in the 51st minute after Marcus Holness headed home at the second attempt from Brian Barry-Murphy's corner having seen his initial effort saved by Addicks goalkeeper John Sullivan.
But Charlton were back in front within 60 seconds as Dean Parrett fired a shot into the bottom left corner from 25 yards.
The outcome was put beyond doubt when Paul Benson's 76th-minute cross was headed home by Eccleston to wrap up only Charlton's second win in 17 league games.
Sky Bet League 1
Mon 25th Apr
Colchester1 - 1Brighton
Bournemth2 - 1Bristol R
Carlisle0 - 1Leyton Or
Charlton3 - 1Rochdale
Huddersfld2 - 1Dag + Red
Notts Co1 - 1Brentford
Oldham1 - 1Walsall
Peterboro2 - 2Yeovil
Plymouth1 - 0MK Dons
Sheff Wed3 - 1Swindon
Southampton2 - 0Hartlepool
Tranmere4 - 0Exeter
Sky Bet League 1
|3||Preston North End||19||37|
|12||Milton Keynes Dons||18||22|