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Spotland Stadium (ATT 3,147) 30th April 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Quinn

Rochdale Rochdale vs Peterborough United Peterboro

Rochdale 2

J Akpa Akpro (1)
C Dawson (87)

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Peterboro 2

N Mendez-Laing (45+1)
L Tomlin (46)

Departing Dawson earns a draw

Last Updated: 30/04/11 6:47pm

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Dawson: Leaves farewell gift

Dawson: Leaves farewell gift

Craig Dawson bid farewell to Rochdale with an 87th-minute equaliser to earn a 2-2 draw against Peterborough at Spotland.

The Dale defender, signed by West Brom last summer and immediately loaned back to Keith Hill's team, signed off in style to earn his hometown club a point when he bundled home Joe Widdowson's cross-cum-shot.

Rochdale raced out of the blocks with a goal after just 14 seconds when Joe Lewis collected a Gabriel Zakuani backpass and miscued his clearance straight to Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, who steadied himself before side-footing into the top corner of the net.

It was almost 2-0 when Matt Done cut infield, drifted past Zakuani and beat Lewis with a low drive but his shot thumped the foot of the post.

The visitors went close with Lee Tomlin testing Owain Fon Williams with a 15-yard effort and later sending a diving header wide after meeting James Wesolowski's cross.

Darren Ferguson's side levelled in first-half stoppage time when Grant McCann's corner was headed home by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and took the lead early in the second half when Tomlin side-footed home George Boyd's pull back. But Dawson's close range finish earned the hosts a deserved share of the points.

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3 Preston North End 46 89
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