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Spotland Stadium (ATT 2,428) 23rd November 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Rochdale Rochdale vs Exeter City Exeter

Rochdale 3

M Rose (39)
G Cummins (65)
A Tutte (87)

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Exeter 1

A Gow (46)

Dale power past Grecians

Last Updated: 23/11/13 7:54pm

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Michael Rose: Opened the scoring

Michael Rose: Opened the scoring

Rochdale kept pace with fellow League Two front-runners Oxford and Chesterfield with a 3-1 victory against Exeter at Spotland.

Neither goalkeeper was tested in the opening half-hour but Rochdale started to make inroads in the final 15 minutes of the first half.

Ian Henderson stood up a cross to the back post and Graham Cummins got above Danny Coles only to see his downward header saved by Artur Krysiak.

The breakthrough came in the 39th minute, though, as Scott Hogan's weaving run towards the Grecians' penalty area was ended by Pat Baldwin, who brought the Rochdale front-man crashing to the ground just outside the penalty area.

Michael Rose curled the free-kick round the Exeter wall and into the top left-hand corner of Krysiak's net.

However, Exeter were level within seconds of the re-start when a shot from Arron Davies was deflected into the path of John O'Flynn.

His square pass was miscontrolled by Sam Parkin but collected by Alan Gow, who forced the ball past Josh Lillis from eight yards.

The home side rallied, though, and deservedly regained the lead on 65 minutes when Cummins met Matt Lund's inswinging cross with a glancing header into the bottom corner of Krysiak's net.

Andrew Tutte wrapped up the result in the 87th minute with an exquisite finish from the edge of the area, collecting Cummins' pass and curling a shot wide of Krysiak.

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Sky Bet League 2
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1 Burton Albion 46 94
2 Shrewsbury Town 46 89
3 Bury 46 85
4 Wycombe Wanderers 46 84
5 Southend United 46 84
6 Stevenage 46 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 71
8 Luton Town 46 68
9 Newport County AFC 46 65
10 Exeter City 46 64
11 Morecambe 46 63
12 Northampton Town 46 61
13 Oxford United 46 61
14 Dagenham & Redbridge 46 59
15 AFC Wimbledon 46 58
16 Portsmouth 46 57
17 Accrington Stanley 46 56
18 York City 46 52
19 Cambridge United 46 51
20 Carlisle United 46 50
21 Mansfield Town 46 48
22 Hartlepool United 46 45
23 Cheltenham Town 46 41
24 Tranmere Rovers 46 39