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Sky Bet League 2

Spotland Stadium (ATT 1,796) 8th December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Simpson

Rochdale Rochdale vs Exeter City Exeter

Rochdale 2

T Gornell (65, 90, S/O 90+4)

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Exeter 3

P Baldwin (24)
J O'Flynn (27, 38)

Exeter hold out at Spotland

Last Updated: 08/12/12 7:11pm

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Baldwin: Calm finish

Baldwin: Calm finish

Rochdale slipped to a third straight defeat after Exeter repelled a second-half fightback to leave Spotland with a 3-2 triumph.

Having shipped three first half goals against York in last weekend's 3-2 home defeat, Dale repeated the feat for a second successive match.

George Donnelly should have headed them ahead when Bobby Grant picked him out with a measured cross, the frontman directing his effort wide of the upright.

And the hosts paid the price in the 24th minute when John O'Flynn's header was fortuitously deflected into the path of Pat Baldwin, who stroked the ball past Josh Lillis from eight yards.

Three minutes late it was 2-0. There was more than a hint of offside when Jamie Cureton collected the ball on the right and crossed for O'Flynn to convert from close range, Rochdale's protestations to referee Jeremy Simpson dismissed out of hand.

Exeter's third goal was down to poor defending from the hosts. Lillis failed to cut out Craig Woodman's cross from the left and O'Flynn had the simple task

of running the ball into an empty net.

Terry Gornell pulled one back for the hosts in the 67th minute and headed home Andrew Tutte's cross in time added on,

but was then sent off for kicking out at former Dale defender Kevin Amankwaah as the attempted comeback fell short again.

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Sky Bet League 2
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1 Shrewsbury Town 34 64
2 Burton Albion 34 64
3 Wycombe Wanderers 34 63
4 Luton Town 34 58
5 Bury 34 58
6 Southend United 34 58
7 Newport County AFC 34 53
8 Plymouth Argyle 34 52
9 Stevenage 34 52
10 Northampton Town 34 50
11 AFC Wimbledon 34 46
12 Morecambe 34 45
13 Portsmouth 34 44
14 Exeter City 34 44
15 Accrington Stanley 34 43
16 Cambridge United 34 41
17 Mansfield Town 34 41
18 Dagenham & Redbridge 34 40
19 Oxford United 34 39
20 York City 34 36
21 Carlisle United 34 36
22 Tranmere Rovers 34 34
23 Cheltenham Town 34 34
24 Hartlepool United 34 27