A dramatic injury-time equaliser from Gary Jones kept Rochdale in the hunt for a League One play-off place and denied lowly Tranmere a vital victory.
The hosts, who remain one place above the relegation zone, took the lead when Lateef Elford-Alliyu collected a pass from Ian Goodison and blasted home.
Dale Jennings should have made it 2-0 but missed the target when well-placed after fine work from Enoch Showunmi.
That miss proved to be costly as Jones headed in from Scott Wiseman's cross.
Tranmere manager Les Parry told BBC Radio Merseyside: "The late goal (for Rochdale) should have been a consolation goal and we should have been clear of them, as Tony Warner has not made a save.
"I can't have a go at the lads, they've given everything and they've had a real good go against a decent side.
"It's a spawny goal with the last kick of the game that robs them of three points."
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Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Npower League One
05 Goodison (Wood 74)
17 Kay yellow card
25 Labadie yellow card
21 Jennings (Robinson 80)
13 Fon Williams
18 Thompson (Atkinson 46)
15 Thompson (Dickinson 66)
29 Adams (Akpa Akpro 76 yellow card)
14 Akpa Akpro,
Ref: DrysdaleAtt: 4,766
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+6:04 The referee blows for the end of the match.
90:00+4:33 Assist on the goal came from Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.
90:00+4:33 GOAL - Gary Jones:Tranmere 1 - 1 Rochdale Gary Jones fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Tranmere 1-1 Rochdale.
90:00+3:15 Andy Robinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Widdowson. Owen Fon Williams takes the direct free kick.
90:00+1:46 The ball is swung over by Joe Widdowson, save by Tony Warner.
88:18 Short corner taken by Will Atkinson from the left by-line. Centre by Marcus Holness, clearance by Enoch Showunmi.
88:10 Chris O'Grady delivers the ball, clearance by Mark McChrystal.
86:26 The ball is delivered by Joe Widdowson.
86:10 John Welsh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Widdowson. Will Atkinson restarts play with the free kick.
85:40 Ash Taylor challenges Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Wiseman.
84:32 The ball is crossed by Will Atkinson, Nick Wood manages to make a clearance.
84:18 The ball is sent over by Marcus Holness, clearance by Michael Kay.
Correction - 82:56 Short corner worked by Gary Jones.
82:56 Gary Jones takes a inswinging corner.
81:32 Unfair challenge on Andy Robinson by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro results in a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Andy Robinson
from the free kick, save made by Owen Fon Williams.
81:32 Booking Caution for Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.
80:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Will Atkinson by Michael Kay. Marcus Holness takes the direct free kick.
79:29 Craig Dawson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
79:29 Substitution Andy Robinson comes on in place of Dale Jennings.
78:55 Centre by Scott Wiseman, Nick Wood makes a clearance.
78:31 John Welsh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Will Atkinson. Marcus Holness takes the free kick.
77:18 Inswinging corner taken by Will Atkinson, Craig Dawson produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
77:11 Joe Widdowson delivers the ball, John Welsh makes a clearance.
76:21 Scott Wiseman crosses the ball, clearance by Michael Kay.
75:12 Substitution Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro is brought on as a substitute for Nicky Adams.
73:57 The referee blows for offside against Enoch Showunmi. Owen Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.
73:57 Substitution Nick Wood replaces Ian Goodison.
72:01 Corner taken left-footed by Nicky Adams, John Welsh fouled by Jason Kennedy, the ref awards a free kick. Tony Warner takes
the free kick.
68:42 Effort from deep inside the area by Ash Taylor misses to the right of the goal.
68:00 Aaron Cresswell takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Jason Kennedy manages to make a clearance.
65:52 Will Atkinson has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
65:52 Substitution Liam Dickinson is brought on as a substitute for Joe Thompson.
63:15 Effort from deep inside the area by Dale Jennings misses to the right of the goal.
62:16 Centre by Michael Kay, Scott Wiseman manages to make a clearance.
60:17 Outswinging corner taken by Aaron Cresswell from the left by-line, Header on goal by Enoch Showunmi from inside the box goes
harmlessly over the target.
58:03 Joss Labadie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicky Adams. Craig Dawson takes the free kick.
58:03 Booking The referee books Joss Labadie for unsporting behaviour.
57:09 A cross is delivered by Nicky Adams, save by Tony Warner.
55:58 Shot from outside the area by Gary Jones misses to the left of the target.
54:48 Foul by Michael Kay on Joe Widdowson, free kick awarded. Marcus Holness takes the direct free kick.
54:48 Booking Caution for Michael Kay.
52:27 The ball is crossed by John Welsh.
52:02 Aaron Cresswell produces a cross, clearance made by Joe Thompson.
50:04 Aaron Cresswell decides to take a short corner, Ash Taylor has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to
the left of the target.
49:54 The ball is sent over by Joss Labadie, clearance by Marcus Holness.
49:02 Scott Wiseman sends in a cross, Ian Goodison fouled by Chris O'Grady, the ref awards a free kick. Tony Warner takes the direct
48:52 Craig Dawson produces a cross, Ian Goodison makes a clearance.
47:35 A cross is delivered by Joe Widdowson, Headed effort from the edge of the area by Nicky Adams goes wide of the right-hand
45:41 Nicky Adams sends in a cross, save by Tony Warner.
45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
45:01 Substitution Josh Thompson leaves the field to be replaced by Will Atkinson.
45:00+1:08 The players leave the pitch at half time.
45:00+0:18 Effort from deep inside the area by Nicky Adams clears the bar.
44:12 Jason Kennedy produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.
41:50 The ball is sent over by Ash Taylor, save made by Owen Fon Williams.
40:36 Enoch Showunmi takes a shot. Blocked by Marcus Holness. Corner taken left-footed by Aaron Cresswell from the right by-line
to the near post, Marcus Holness makes a clearance.
38:54 Joss Labadie delivers the ball, Joe Thompson makes a clearance.
37:24 Chris O'Grady takes a shot. Save made by Tony Warner.
33:33 The ball is swung over by Scott Wiseman, Chris O'Grady produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
28:27 John Welsh crosses the ball, clearance by Owen Fon Williams.
25:37 Corner taken short by Chris O'Grady, clearance made by Lateef Elford-Alliyu.
24:21 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Nicky Adams from the right by-line, Joe Thompson has a header from close range and
clears the crossbar.
22:45 Shot from outside the box by Mark McChrystal misses to the left of the goal.
22:33 Centre by John Welsh, clearance made by Marcus Holness.
22:21 The ball is crossed by Lateef Elford-Alliyu, Craig Dawson manages to make a clearance.
21:43 A cross is delivered by Dale Jennings, Craig Dawson manages to make a clearance.
21:00 Foul by Joe Thompson on Aaron Cresswell, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Aaron Cresswell.
20:48 Centre by Joss Labadie, Joe Widdowson makes a clearance.
19:03 Foul by Scott Wiseman on Dale Jennings, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Joss Labadie, clearance
by Joe Widdowson.
18:01 The ball is sent over by Joe Thompson, clearance by Ian Goodison.
17:13 Lateef Elford-Alliyu produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
15:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicky Adams on Michael Kay. John Welsh takes the direct free kick.
14:55 John Welsh crosses the ball, clearance by Marcus Holness.
13:14 The ball is sent over by Scott Wiseman, Tony Warner makes a save.
12:58 Ash Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Jones. Gary Jones takes the free kick.
11:51 Ian Goodison fouled by Chris O'Grady, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tony Warner.
9:59 Effort from outside the penalty box by Ash Taylor goes wide right of the target.
8:27 Enoch Showunmi produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
7:30 The ball is crossed by Aaron Cresswell, Close range effort by Ash Taylor misses to the right of the goal.
7:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joss Labadie by Jason Kennedy. Direct free kick taken by John Welsh.
6:46 A cross is delivered by Lateef Elford-Alliyu, clearance made by Scott Wiseman.
3:29 Assist on the goal came from Ian Goodison.
3:29 GOAL - Lateef Elford-Alliyu:Tranmere 1 - 0 Rochdale Lateef Elford-Alliyu finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the
goal. Tranmere 1-0 Rochdale.
2:49 Short corner worked by Aaron Cresswell, Jason Kennedy manages to make a clearance.
0:00 The game kicks-off.
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