Dale too strong for Stags
Last Updated: 26/12/13 6:25pm
Scott Hogan: Opened the scoring
Rochdale climbed back into the play-off spots with a thumping 3-0 win against Mansfield Town at Spotland.
It was the struggling Stags' sixth defeat in their last seven League Two fixtures and heaped more pressure on under-fire boss Paul Cox.
The home side dominated the opening 45 minutes and were good value for their two-goal lead by the interval.
Scott Hogan opened the scoring after six minutes when he rose between two Mansfield defenders to meet Graham Cummins' cross and send a firm header into the top corner of Alan Marriott's goal.
Dale doubled their lead on 13 minutes when Peter Vincenti's low delivery across the face of goal was turned into the net by Matt Lund at the back post.
Ian Henderson was close to making it three before the break when his dipping 25-yard effort skimmed the roof of Marriott's goal.
The Stags failed to test Rochdale's debutant keeper Robbie Thomson, who was drafted in when Josh Lillis fell ill on the morning of the game.
And the home side wrapped up a comfortable win with their third goal five minutes into the second half, Michael Rose crossing towards the near post and Hogan turning the ball past Marriott for his second.
Sky Bet League 2
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Portsmouth1 - 0Dag + Red
Torquay1 - 1Bristol R
AFC W'don0 - 1Southend
Accrington1 - 1York City
Burton Alb1 - 0Northamptn
Bury2 - 2Scunthorpe
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Chesterfld1 - 1Hartlepool
Morecambe1 - 0Fleetwood
Oxford Utd2 - 3Plymouth
Rochdale3 - 0Mansfield
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