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Spotland Stadium (ATT 2,368) 13th September 2011 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Eltringham

Rochdale Rochdale vs Scunthorpe United Scunthrpe

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J Kennedy (59)

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Kennedy strike seals Dale win

Last Updated: 13/09/11 11:08pm

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Kennedy: Hit the winner for Dale

Kennedy: Hit the winner for Dale

Jason Kennedy's strike secured a 1-0 win for Rochdale over Scunthorpe and made it back-to-back victories for Steve Eyre's side.

Dale followed up their first three-point haul of the season at Bury on Saturday with a narrow win over Alan Knill's men to lift themselves out of the bottom four.

Rochdale were first to threaten when Ashley Grimes seized on the rebound only to see his angled drive parried to safety by Iron goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, while the visitors' best first-half effort was a half volley from Jimmy Ryan, which Dale goalkeeper Jake Kean pushed over the crossbar.

The deadlock was broken in the 59th minute when Grimes' curling shot was parried by Johnstone straight into the path of Kennedy, who slipped the ball into the unguarded net from six yards.

Former Dale striker Chris Dagnall got in behind the home defence as Scunthorpe pushed for an equaliser, but Kean raced off his line quickly to deny him a goal on his return to Spotland.

Bobby Grant had a header cleared off the goalline by Widdowson in time added on while Dagnall saw a shot charged down by Dale defender Pim Bakestein.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 25 51
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Rochdale 25 37
6 Fleetwood Town 27 37
7 Bradford City 25 36
8 Sheffield United 24 36
9 Chesterfield 25 35
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Coventry City 27 30
18 Barnsley 25 29
19 Scunthorpe United 23 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 26 24