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Crown Ground (ATT 2,180) 21st September 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Accrington Accrington Stanley vs Rochdale Rochdale

Accrington 1

K Odejayi (24)

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Rochdale 2

M Lund (7)
S Hogan (13)
G Donnelly (S/O 45+4)

Dale hold on to down Stanley

Last Updated: 21/09/13 7:25pm

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George Donnelly: Given his marching orders

George Donnelly: Given his marching orders

Ten man Rochdale held on for a 2-1 win against bottom of the table Accrington to notch their first away victory of the season.

Striker George Donnelly was sent off in first half injury time after referee Mark Brown judged his tackle on right back Nicky Hunt a straight red, after both challenged for a loose ball.

However promotion-chasing Dale were already leading 2-1 thanks to a stunning start.

In the seventh minute Michael Rose's fierce strike from the edge of box cannoned off the crossbar and Matty Lund followed up to smash the ball home.

Five minutes later it was two when Jack O'Connell's deep cross from the left gave Scott Hogan a free header at the far post.

However Stanley, without a league win this season, then found their feet and striker Kayode Odejayi, on his home debut on loan from Rotherham, got a ball over the top but a combination of keeper Josh Lillis and defender O'Connell denied him.

However they got one back in the 24th minute when Shay McCartan found Odejayi who was standing unmarked in the area and, while Rochdale appealed for offside, he looped the ball over Josh Lillis.

Striker Donnelly then saw red on the stroke of half-time and there were challenges flying in after the break.

Odejayi should have equalised in the 57th minute after he got up well to a deep cross but headed inches wide of the post

And then McCartan's ball across face of goal just could not be touched over the line at the far post by Peter Murphy as Stanley hunted for the equaliser.

O'Connell headed a Luke Joyce blast off the line in the final 10 minutes while 16-year-old winger Connor Mahoney, a product of the youth system, impressed for the Reds on his full debut.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 42 76
2 Rochdale 42 75
3 Chesterfield 42 74
4 Fleetwood Town 42 69
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 42 62
7 Oxford United 42 62
8 York City 42 61
9 Plymouth Argyle 42 58
10 Mansfield Town 42 56
11 Bury 42 54
12 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 54
13 Newport County AFC 42 53
14 AFC Wimbledon 42 52
15 Cheltenham Town 42 52
16 Portsmouth 42 51
17 Accrington Stanley 42 50
18 Hartlepool United 42 49
19 Morecambe 42 49
20 Exeter City 42 48
21 Bristol Rovers 42 47
22 Wycombe Wanderers 42 46
23 Northampton Town 42 46
24 Torquay United 42 39