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Cheltenham   1 - 4   Rochdale

Cheltenham 1-4 Rochdale

Cheltenham 1-4 Rochdale

A hat-trick from Chris O'Grady helped Rochdale ease past Cheltenham and pull further clear at the top of League Two.

O'Grady opened the scoring with a fierce left-foot drive from 18 yards before latching on to goalkeeper Scott Brown's mistake to score his second.

Defender Craig Dawson then added a third after bundling in Tom Kennedy's free-kick at the back post.

Robins defender Michael Townsend got an injury-time consolation but O'Grady then raced through to score his third.


Cheltenham captain Michael Townsend told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"It was disappointing, a bad day at the office again. We were still in the game at 1-0, but they had danger all over the park. Everywhere the ball went they had people that could hurt us.

"We've got to dust ourselves down, get back on our feet and show what we are about."


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Saturday, 23 January 2010

League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Cheltenham 1-4 Rochdale FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Townsend 90
  • O'Grady 18
  • O'Grady 49
  • Dawson 56
  • O'Grady 90+3

Cheltenham

  • 01 Brown
  • 05 Townsend yellow card
  • 08 Gallinagh
  • 27 Andrew
  • 10 Hutton (Bird 57)
  • 17 Low
  • 19 Pipe
  • 28 Thornhill
  • 34 Labadie
  • 09 Richards (Hayles 76)
  • 39 Alsop (Hammond 57)

Substitutes

  • 21 Puddy,
  • 06 Diallo,
  • 02 Bird,
  • 07 Pook,
  • 11 Hammond,
  • 22 Lewis,
  • 38 Hayles

Rochdale

  • 22 Heaton
  • 02 Wiseman
  • 03 Kennedy
  • 04 Stanton
  • 26 Dawson
  • 07 Kennedy
  • 10 Haworth (Rundle 85)
  • 15 Thompson (Higginbotham 68)
  • 33 Taylor
  • 09 Dagnall
  • 19 O'Grady

Substitutes

  • 01 Arthur,
  • 23 McArdle,
  • 28 Flynn,
  • 08 Jones,
  • 11 Rundle,
  • 18 Higginbotham
Ref: HorwoodAtt: 3,460
CHELTENHAM
ROCHDALE

Possession

  • Cheltenham 47%
  • Rochdale 53%

Attempts on target

  • Cheltenham 4
  • Rochdale 8

Attempts off target

  • Cheltenham 5
  • Rochdale 3

Corners

  • Cheltenham 9
  • Rochdale 8

Fouls

  • Cheltenham 10
  • Rochdale 5
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:39 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+2:33 GOAL - Chris O'GradyCheltenham 1 - 4 Rochdale Chris O'Grady finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Cheltenham 1-4 Rochdale.
  • 90:00+1:57 Chris Dagnall is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Scott P Brown takes the free kick.
  • 89:57 GOAL - Michael TownsendCheltenham 1 - 3 Rochdale Michael Townsend gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Cheltenham 1-3 Rochdale.
  • 89:25 David Bird takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Scott Wiseman.
  • 87:20 Scott Wiseman takes a shot. Save by Scott P Brown.
  • 84:56 Substitution Adam Rundle joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andy Haworth.
  • 83:04 Foul by Michael Townsend on Kallum Higginbotham, free kick awarded. Jason Kennedy takes the free kick.
  • 81:53 Effort from the edge of the box by Barry Hayles goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 81:08 The ball is swung over by Joss Labadie, save by Tom Heaton.
  • 80:13 Chris Dagnall is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Scott P Brown takes the direct free kick.
  • 79:03 Effort on goal by Elvis Hammond from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 76:58 Chris O'Grady takes a shot. Scott P Brown makes a save.
  • 75:29 Effort on goal by Joshua Low from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 75:29 Substitution Barry Hayles comes on in place of Justin Richards.
  • 75:29 Corner taken left-footed by Danny Andrew to the near post,
  • 74:32 Andy Haworth takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Townsend. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Thomas Kennedy.
  • 71:49 Foul by Joss Labadie on Chris Dagnall, free kick awarded. Jason Taylor takes the free kick.
  • 69:41 The ball is crossed by Matt Thornhill, save by Tom Heaton.
  • 68:16 Corner taken left-footed by Thomas Kennedy from the right by-line, Craig Dawson takes a shot. Save by Scott P Brown.
  • 66:55 Substitution Kallum Higginbotham is brought on as a substitute for Joe Thompson.
  • 65:42 Corner taken right-footed by David Bird from the right by-line, Scott Wiseman manages to make a clearance.
  • 61:27 Joss Labadie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Thomas Kennedy. Thomas Kennedy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 60:25 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Danny Andrew.
  • 59:48 Andy Haworth delivers the ball.
  • 59:20 Joss Labadie challenges Andy Haworth unfairly and gives away a free kick. Thomas Kennedy takes the free kick.
  • 57:10 The ball is sent over by Joshua Low, Elvis Hammond takes a shot. Save made by Tom Heaton.
  • 56:23 Substitution David Hutton leaves the field to be replaced by David Bird.
  • 56:23 Substitution Elvis Hammond is brought on as a substitute for Julian Alsop.
  • Correction - 55:15 GOAL - Craig DawsonCheltenham 0 - 3 Rochdale Craig Dawson scores a headed goal from close in. Cheltenham 0-3 Rochdale.
  • 55:15 GOAL - Thomas KennedyCheltenham 0 - 3 Rochdale Thomas Kennedy scores direct from the free kick. Cheltenham 0-3 Rochdale.
  • Correction - 54:44 Danny Andrew gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Thompson. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Kennedy,
  • 54:44 Unfair challenge on Joe Thompson by Danny Andrew results in a free kick.
  • 54:37 Centre by Joe Thompson, clearance by Michael Townsend.
  • 52:58 Corner taken right-footed by David Hutton from the left by-line, save by Tom Heaton.
  • 51:15 Chris Dagnall is caught offside. Andy Gallinagh restarts play with the free kick.
  • 50:37 Short corner taken by Joe Thompson.
  • Correction - 48:39 Assist on the goal came from Andy Haworth.
  • 48:39 The assist for the goal came from Andy Haworth.
  • 48:39 GOAL - Chris O'GradyCheltenham 0 - 2 Rochdale Chris O'Grady finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Cheltenham 0-2 Rochdale.
  • 47:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Thomas Kennedy by Julian Alsop. Direct free kick taken by Tom Heaton.
  • 46:51 Michael Townsend fouled by Andy Haworth, the ref awards a free kick. Scott P Brown takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:06 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 43:42 Booking Booking for Michael Townsend.
  • 43:23 Joe Thompson fouled by Michael Townsend, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Kennedy.
  • 40:58 Andy Haworth sends in a cross, clearance made by Michael Townsend.
  • 39:14 Andy Haworth produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 12 yards. Save by Scott P Brown. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Thomas Kennedy. Thomas Kennedy takes a short corner, Joe Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Townsend. Free kick taken by Scott P Brown.
  • 38:41 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Thomas Kennedy played to the near post, Julian Alsop makes a clearance.
  • 36:20 Nathan Stanton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Justin Richards. David Hutton takes the free kick.
  • 35:34 Joe Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Andrew. Direct free kick taken by Scott P Brown.
  • 34:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Taylor by David Hutton. Thomas Kennedy takes the direct free kick.
  • 33:18 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Danny Andrew from the right by-line, Tom Heaton makes a clearance.
  • 32:05 Outswinging corner taken by Thomas Kennedy, Shot from just outside the box by Jason Kennedy misses to the right of the goal.
  • 31:45 Joss Labadie concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Dagnall. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Kennedy.
  • 30:05 Unfair challenge on David Hutton by Jason Taylor results in a free kick. Danny Andrew restarts play with the free kick.
  • 25:45 Short corner worked by Thomas Kennedy.
  • 23:24 David Hutton takes a shot. Save by Tom Heaton.
  • 22:29 The ball is crossed by Scott Wiseman.
  • 20:04 Effort from the edge of the area by Joshua Low goes wide of the right-hand post. Danny Andrew takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Tom Heaton. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Hutton, Justin Richards challenges Tom Heaton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Heaton restarts play with the free kick.
  • 18:37 Danny Andrew crosses the ball, save by Tom Heaton.
  • 17:15 Assist on the goal came from Chris Dagnall.
  • 17:15 GOAL - Chris O'GradyCheltenham 0 - 1 Rochdale Chris O'Grady grabs a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Cheltenham 0-1 Rochdale.
  • 16:27 Effort from just inside the area by Andy Haworth strikes the post.
  • 14:21 The referee blows for offside. Tom Heaton restarts play with the free kick.
  • 11:32 Chris Dagnall has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 8:50 The ball is delivered by Matt Thornhill, save made by Tom Heaton.
  • 8:25 The ball is delivered by Scott Wiseman, clearance by Michael Townsend.
  • 2:39 Matt Thornhill takes a shot. Save by Tom Heaton.
  • 1:06 Danny Andrew produces a cross, save made by Tom Heaton.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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League Two table snapshot

As it stood on 23 Jan 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rochdale 26 33 55
2 Bournemouth 26 2 46
3 Bury 26 2 45
4 Rotherham 23 12 42
5 Shrewsbury 27 6 42
6 Aldershot 24 11 40
7 Dag & Red 25 8 40
8 Chesterfield 25 4 39
9 Notts County 22 26 37
10 Morecambe 25 6 37
11 Crewe 26 0 34
12 Port Vale 24 3 33
13 Accrington 22 2 33
14 Northampton 26 0 33
15 Burton Albion 25 -1 33
16 Bradford 25 -6 30
17 Macclesfield 24 -7 28
18 Barnet 25 -7 28
19 Lincoln City 24 -12 28
20 Hereford 24 -7 26
21 Torquay 25 -3 25
22 Cheltenham 26 -14 25
23 Grimsby 26 -21 19
24 Darlington 23 -37 11

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