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Spotland (ATT 2,746) 25th March 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Rochdale Rochdale vs Portsmouth Portsmth

Rochdale 3

M Lund (16)
I Henderson (59)
P Vincenti (63)

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Dale pile more misery on Pompey

Last Updated: 25/03/14 11:45pm

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Matt Lund: Opened the scoring

Matt Lund: Opened the scoring

League Two leaders Rochdale made it four wins on the bounce as they beat relegation-threatened Portsmouth 3-0 at Spotland.

Ian Henderson and Peter Vincenti scored for Dale after the break, adding to Matt Lund's first-half header. The win saw Keith Hill's men bolster their bid for automatic promotion, while Pompey's problems at the foot of the table intensified.

The visitors started brightly enough with Bondz N'Gala having a header cleared off the line early on. But once Lund headed Dale ahead from close range in the 16th minute, the home side were firmly in control.

George Donnelly fired into the side-netting and Lund headed Joe Rafferty's cross narrowly wide after the interval as Dale pushed for a second. It arrived when Henderson capitalised on hesitancy in the Pompey backline, racing through to collect goalkeeper Josh Lillis' punt upfield and slamming a low drive wide of Trevor Carson in the 59th minute.

Vincenti headed home Matt Done's corner four minutes later to make the result safe and extend Dale's stay at the top of the table.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 21 42
2 Shrewsbury Town 21 40
3 Luton Town 21 40
4 Burton Albion 22 40
5 Plymouth Argyle 21 37
6 Southend United 21 35
7 Newport County AFC 21 34
8 Exeter City 22 34
9 Bury 21 31
10 Morecambe 21 30
11 Accrington Stanley 21 30
12 Cambridge United 21 29
13 Stevenage 21 28
14 Portsmouth 21 27
15 AFC Wimbledon 21 27
16 Mansfield Town 21 26
17 Oxford United 21 25
18 Cheltenham Town 21 25
19 Northampton Town 21 24
20 Dagenham & Redbridge 21 21
21 Carlisle United 21 21
22 York City 21 20
23 Tranmere Rovers 21 19
24 Hartlepool United 21 13