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Spotland (ATT 2,839) 18th January 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Rochdale Rochdale vs Plymouth Argyle Plymouth

Rochdale 3

J Allen (5)
I Henderson (76)
M Rose (89)

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Plymouth 0

A Gurrieri (S/O 53)

Dale ease past 10-man Pilgrims

Last Updated: 19/01/14 12:56pm

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Jamie Allen: Amongst the goals

Jamie Allen: Amongst the goals

Rochdale moved up into the automatic promotion places in League Two with a 3-0 win over Plymouth at Spotland.

Goals from Jamie Allen, Ian Henderson and Michael Rose clinched victory for in-form Dale, with Plymouth playing the last 40 minutes with just 10 men after Andres Gurrieri was dismissed for striking defender Jack O'Connell in the face.

Rochdale were ahead as early as the fifth minute when Henderson and George Donnelly combined to set up Allen, who slid a neat finish past Luke McCormick.

Josh Lillis prevented the visitors drawing level when he kept out a fierce volley from Gurrieri while Dale midfielder Peter Vincenti had a header cleared off the line by Reuben Reid before the break.

Lillis pulled off a fine save to deny Lewis Alessandra early in the second half but once Gurrieri was sent off, the visitors were up against it.

Henderson doubled the lead with a wonder goal in the 76th minute, cutting into the area on the right and sending a left-footed half-volley into the top corner.

And Rose wrapped up the win late on when he angled a 25-yard lob over McCormick.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Luton Town 17 34
2 Shrewsbury Town 17 33
3 Wycombe Wanderers 17 32
4 Burton Albion 17 32
5 Plymouth Argyle 17 30
6 Bury 17 30
7 Southend United 17 28
8 Morecambe 17 26
9 Newport County AFC 17 25
10 Cambridge United 17 24
11 Stevenage 17 24
12 Exeter City 17 24
13 Portsmouth 17 23
14 AFC Wimbledon 17 23
15 Accrington Stanley 17 23
16 Cheltenham Town 17 22
17 Northampton Town 17 21
18 Oxford United 17 19
19 Mansfield Town 17 19
20 Carlisle United 17 18
21 York City 17 15
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 17 15
23 Tranmere Rovers 17 12
24 Hartlepool United 17 12