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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

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 27 52
2 Shrewsbury Town 27 51
3 Burton Albion 27 51
4 Luton Town 26 47
5 Southend United 27 47
6 Newport County AFC 27 46
7 Bury 27 44
8 Stevenage 27 41
9 Exeter City 28 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 27 40
11 Morecambe 27 37
12 Cambridge United 26 36
13 AFC Wimbledon 26 36
14 Northampton Town 27 34
15 Accrington Stanley 26 33
16 Oxford United 27 30
17 Cheltenham Town 27 30
18 Portsmouth 26 29
19 York City 27 28
20 Mansfield Town 26 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 26 27
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 27 27
23 Carlisle United 27 27
24 Hartlepool United 27 18