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Spotland (ATT 3,429) 1st March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Rochdale Rochdale vs Oxford United Oxford Utd

Rochdale 3

S Hogan (45, 50, 62)

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Hogan treble sees off U's

Last Updated: 01/03/14 6:08pm

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Scott Hogan: Hat-trick hero

Scott Hogan: Hat-trick hero

Scott Hogan fired in a hat-trick as Rochdale strengthened their bid for automatic promotion with a 3-0 win against Oxford at Spotland.

Hogan's goals underlined the home side's superiority and moved Keith Hill's men five points clear of the League Two play-off places.

The U's missed the first clear chance in the 21st minute. John Mullins met Danny Rose's back-post cross and saw his initial effort blocked by Josh Lillis' legs and when the ball rebounded back to him, he screwed a shot wide of the unguarded goal from four yards.

The visitors paid for that wasted chance when Jamie Allen lifted a cross to the back post for Peter Vincenti and his header was forced over the line by Hogan on the stroke of half-time.

Four minutes into the second half Hogan netted his second when he collected the ball 40 yards from goal and drifted past three defenders to go one-on-one with Oxford goalkeeper Ryan Clarke. Hogan saw his first effort blocked but seized on the rebound to double his tally.

Hogan's hat-trick came in the 62nd minute when he scuffed Michael Rose's free-kick into the corner of the net to take his tally to the season to 19 goals.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 42 76
2 Rochdale 42 75
3 Chesterfield 42 74
4 Fleetwood Town 42 69
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 42 62
7 Oxford United 42 62
8 York City 42 61
9 Plymouth Argyle 42 58
10 Mansfield Town 42 56
11 Bury 42 54
12 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 54
13 Newport County AFC 42 53
14 AFC Wimbledon 42 52
15 Cheltenham Town 42 52
16 Portsmouth 42 51
17 Accrington Stanley 42 50
18 Hartlepool United 42 49
19 Morecambe 42 49
20 Exeter City 42 48
21 Bristol Rovers 42 47
22 Wycombe Wanderers 42 46
23 Northampton Town 42 46
24 Torquay United 42 39