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Spotland (ATT 2,576) 29th December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Rochdale Rochdale vs Bristol Rovers Bristol R

Rochdale 2

S Hogan (58)
G Cummins (62)

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Dale ease past Pirates

Last Updated: 29/12/13 8:45pm

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Scott Hogan: On the scoresheet

Scott Hogan: On the scoresheet

Scott Hogan and Graham Cummins both scored to break Bristol Rovers' stubborn resistance as Rochdale claimed a 2-0 win at Spotland.

Keith Hill's men had to play a patient game against John Ward's well-organised Pirates, who went close to taking the lead in the opening 45 minutes when Lee Brown's near-post effort was pushed away by goalkeeper Josh Lillis.

The home side, however, started to exert control in the closing 15 minutes of the first half with Joe Rafferty's cushioned volley the closest they came to scoring.

Ian Henderson fired over the top early in the second half but the deadlock was broken on 58 minutes when Rafferty's cross from the right was cleverly flicked home by Hogan.

Four minutes later Dale doubled their advantage, on-loan Blackburn youngster Jack Connell releasing Cummins and the striker slamming a firm finish past Steve Mildenhall in the Rovers goal.

Michael Smith drove a shot into the side-netting as the visitors refused to buckle in the closing stages, but Rochdale held on comfortably for a win that moved them to within a point of League Two's summit.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 44 80
2 Chesterfield 44 78
3 Rochdale 44 78
4 Fleetwood Town 44 75
5 Burton Albion 44 72
6 Southend United 44 68
7 York City 44 67
8 Oxford United 44 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 44 58
10 Bury 44 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 44 57
12 Mansfield Town 44 57
13 Portsmouth 44 57
14 AFC Wimbledon 44 56
15 Newport County AFC 44 55
16 Cheltenham Town 44 55
17 Hartlepool United 44 52
18 Accrington Stanley 44 51
19 Morecambe 44 50
20 Exeter City 44 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 44 47
22 Bristol Rovers 44 47
23 Northampton Town 44 47
24 Torquay United 44 42