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