Rochdale 0-3 Rovers – Match Review

Rovers picked up their third consecutive league victory with a resounding 3-0 win over Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena.

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Goals from Richie Smallwood, Marcus Antonsson and Danny Graham gave Rovers an easy 3-0 win over Keith Hill’s Rochdale side.

The “King of Ewood” Richie Smallwood opened the scoring for the travelling side, and his volley from Bennett’s precise cross sent the away fans into raptures.

Rovers continued to dominate in the first half, with The Dale’s only chance coming from a tame effort by Jordan Williams.

The Blues went into half-time with the lead, and should’ve doubled the scoreline 4 minutes in. A great ball by Captain Conway (due to Mulgrew being injured on international duty) should’ve ended up in the back of the net, but both Samuel and Antonsson couldn’t connect.

Antonsson should then have scored with a header, but headed straight at Moore in the Rochdale net. The Swede finally got his goal with 57 minutes on the clock. Conway crossed the ball in, Samuel glanced it on and Antonsson was there to poke home his first goal since joining on loan from Leeds.

Rovers then brought Dack and Chapman, and the pair brought something new to the game. The latter was involved instantly, with his bursting run winning Rovers a free kick, with Williams nodded wide.

Rovers secured the points with just 9 minutes to go. Chapman’s run came to Moore, who spilled the slippery ball into Danny Graham’s path, who tapped the ball into the open net.

The full time whistle went and the travelling army celebrating with the players. You could see what the win meant to the fans, and the players.

Rovers dominated throughout and fully deserved the 3 points. It was satisfying to see Rovers control a game, especially with key man Charlie Mulgrew out of the side.

The Blue and Whites now head to Scunthorpe on Tuesday night, as Mowbray’s men look to make it four wins on the bounce.

Come on you Blues!

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Results announced at 3pm tomorrow (10th September)

  1. As good as I’ve seen Rovers play in a long time. Paul Downing had a good game @ CB & like I said in my preview if Rovers frustrate Rochdale & dominate the midfield they’ll win the game, they did comfortably. Impossible to call a MOM the midfield 4 were excellent. Stick my neck out & say Elliott Bennett just ahead of Richard Smallwood.