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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
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1 Shrewsbury Town 23 44
2 Wycombe Wanderers 23 44
3 Burton Albion 23 43
4 Luton Town 23 42
5 Newport County AFC 23 40
6 Southend United 23 39
7 Plymouth Argyle 23 37
8 Bury 23 37
9 Exeter City 24 37
10 Stevenage 23 34
11 AFC Wimbledon 23 33
12 Morecambe 23 33
13 Accrington Stanley 22 30
14 Cambridge United 23 29
15 Portsmouth 23 28
16 Oxford United 23 28
17 Mansfield Town 23 27
18 York City 23 26
19 Cheltenham Town 23 25
20 Northampton Town 23 24
21 Carlisle United 23 24
22 Tranmere Rovers 23 22
23 Dagenham & Redbridge 23 22
24 Hartlepool United 23 14