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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

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