Dale win in basement battle
Last Updated: October 1, 2011 7:50pm
Grimes: Two-goal hero
Ashley Grimes bagged a brace as Rochdale came from behind to win their League One basement battle 2-1 against Wycombe.
The result lifted Dale out of the bottom four as they swapped placed with Gary Waddock's side, who lost for the second time in five days.
Dale dominated from the off, Stephen Darby's crosses from the right posing all kinds of problems for the Wycombe defence. Chairboys skipper Nikki Bull pulling off a fine save to keep out David Ball's close-range header in the first few minutes.
But for all Rochdale's threat going forward they looked vulnerable at the back and their defensive frailties were exposed in the sixth minute when Wycombe scored with their first attack. Scott Donnelly drifted through the midfield, exchanged passes with Stuart Beavon and carried the ball around Jake Kean before stabbing home from a tight angle.
The hosts levelled in the 20th minute when Nicky Adams and Ball combined to set up Grimes and he fired past Bull from 10 yards.
And it was Rochdale who took the lead in the 66th minute with a route one goal. Kean's kick bounced over the heads of the Wycombe backline and Grimes was on to it quickly, lifting a finish over the stranded Bull and into the net.
npower League 1
Sat 1st Oct
Brentford0 - 4Huddersfld
Chesterfld0 - 1Colchester
Exeter2 - 0Oldham
Hartlepool0 - 1Sheff Wed
Leyton Or2 - 1Preston
MK Dons3 - 0Notts Co
Rochdale2 - 1Wycombe
Sheff Utd0 - 2Charlton
Stevenage1 - 2Scunthorpe
Tranmere0 - 0Bournemth
Walsall1 - 1Carlisle
Yeovil1 - 3Bury
npower League 1
|8||Milton Keynes Dons||46||70|
|14||Preston North End||46||59|