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Sky Bet League 2

Spotland Stadium (ATT 1,758) 10th April 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: C Pawson

Rochdale Rochdale vs Southend United Southend

Rochdale 4

M Rose (34)
B Grant (51, 74)
A Grimes (77)

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Southend 2

M Phillips (46)
B Corr (90)

Dale down sorry Shrimpers

Last Updated: 10/04/13 11:03pm

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Bobby Grant: Bagged a brace

Bobby Grant: Bagged a brace

Rochdale effectively ended Southend's interest in the League Two play-off race with a 4-2 win at Spotland.

Just four days after losing the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final against Crewe at Wembley, Phil Brown's men were taken apart in a dominant last half hour by Keith Hill's resurgent side.

It was Rochdale's third consecutive win and saw them go level with their opponents on 57 points in the table.

The home side took the lead in the 34th minute when Michael Rose was bundled over on the edge of the area. The full-back sent the resulting set-piece flying into the left-hand corner of Paul Smith's net.

The visitors levelled soon after the break when Mark Phillips got the slightest of touches to a Kevan Hurst free-kick, his glancing header briefly giving Southend the initiative.

But Bobby Grant headed home George Donnelly's cross before curling home a 20-yard finish to make the result safe for Dale.

Ashley Grimes' neat finish rubbed salt in the wound for Southend before Barry Corr - who had earlier hit the foot of the post with a header - powered home a Freddie Eastwood corner in time added on to reduce the arrears.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 33 64
2 Shrewsbury Town 32 61
3 Wycombe Wanderers 32 59
4 Luton Town 32 55
5 Southend United 32 54
6 Plymouth Argyle 32 52
7 Bury 32 52
8 Newport County AFC 32 50
9 Stevenage 32 48
10 AFC Wimbledon 32 45
11 Northampton Town 32 44
12 Morecambe 32 44
13 Portsmouth 32 43
14 Exeter City 33 43
15 Accrington Stanley 32 43
16 Cambridge United 32 38
17 Oxford United 32 37
18 Dagenham & Redbridge 32 37
19 Mansfield Town 32 35
20 Tranmere Rovers 32 34
21 Carlisle United 32 33
22 York City 32 32
23 Cheltenham Town 32 31
24 Hartlepool United 32 24