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Rochdale   0 - 1   Darlington

Rochdale 0-1 Darlington

Rochdale 0-1 Darlington

Darlington's relegation from the Football League was confirmed despite an impressive win at Rochdale who were knocked off the top spot.

Defeat left the Quakers 19 points from safety while Notts County leapfrogged Dale with a win over Lincoln.

Nathan Mulligan's scored the only goal of the game when he glanced in Josh Gray's delivery from the right.

Rochdale went close through Joe Thompson whose angled drive flew fractionally wide of the upright.

Late efforts by Gary Jones, Chris Dagnall and Chris O'Grady were kept out by a resolute Darlington defence.

Darlington have lost 28 games in total, including seven in the first nine, and have had seen three managers take charge of the team this season - Colin Todd, Steve Staunton and Simon Davey.

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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rochdale 0-1 Darlington FT
(HT 0-1)Darlington are relegated
    • Mulligan 35

    Rochdale

    • 34 Fielding
    • 02 Wiseman
    • 03 Kennedy
    • 04 Stanton
    • 26 Dawson
    • 08 Jones
    • 15 Thompson
    • 33 Taylor
    • 09 Dagnall
    • 14 Obadeyi (Higginbotham 55)
    • 19 O'Grady

    Substitutes

    • 01 Arthur,
    • 23 McArdle,
    • 31 Holness,
    • 06 Toner,
    • 07 Kennedy,
    • 10 Haworth,
    • 18 Higginbotham

    Darlington

    • 23 Redmond yellow card
    • 02 Arnison (Milne 37) (Bower 72)
    • 04 White
    • 06 Miller yellow card
    • 20 Giddings
    • 11 Dempsey
    • 12 Gray
    • 14 Smith
    • 18 Convery
    • 24 Mulligan (Moore 83)
    • 19 Purcell

    Substitutes

    • 13 Liversedge,
    • 03 Bower,
    • 05 Milne,
    • 16 Groves,
    • 09 Moore,
    • 30 Diop,
    • 32 Smith
    Ref: LangfordAtt: 5,371
    ROCHDALE
    DARLINGTON

    Possession

    • Rochdale 56%
    • Darlington 44%

    Attempts on target

    • Rochdale 11
    • Darlington 2

    Attempts off target

    • Rochdale 6
    • Darlington 1

    Corners

    • Rochdale 16
    • Darlington 7

    Fouls

    • Rochdale 10
    • Darlington 11
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+7:55 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+6:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Thompson on Shane Redmond. Shane Redmond takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+5:02 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Thomas Kennedy from the right by-line, clearance by Ian Miller. Corner taken right-footed by Thomas Kennedy from the right by-line, save by Shane Redmond.
    • 90:00+4:36 Chris O'Grady takes a shot. Shane Redmond makes a save.
    • 90:00+2:49 The assistant referee flags for offside against Joe Thompson. Shane Redmond takes the indirect free kick.
    • 90:00+1:38 Thomas Kennedy handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Mark Bower takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+0:51 Booking Shane Redmond is shown a yellow card.
    • 90:00+0:07 Gary Jones has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 89:35 Effort on goal by Chris O'Grady from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 85:12 Foul by Josh Gray on Kallum Higginbotham, free kick awarded. Thomas Kennedy restarts play with the free kick. Gary Jones takes a shot. Stuart Giddings gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Thomas Kennedy, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Gary Jones misses to the right of the target. Chris O'Grady takes a shot. Save by Shane Redmond. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kallum Higginbotham, Alan White makes a clearance.
    • 83:09 Joe Thompson takes a shot. Ian Miller gets a block in. Corner taken by Thomas Kennedy from the right by-line, clearance by Ian Miller. Corner taken by Thomas Kennedy from the right by-line, Craig Dawson takes a shot. Clearance by Mark Bower.
    • 82:01 Substitution Chris Moore replaces Nathan Mulligan.
    • 81:20 Booking Ian Miller receives a caution.
    • 79:40 Joe Thompson takes a shot. Shane Redmond makes a save.
    • 76:49 Chris Dagnall takes a shot. Save by Shane Redmond.
    • 75:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Stanton by Tadgh Purcell. Thomas Kennedy takes the free kick.
    • 73:21 Shane Redmond restarts play with the free kick. Stuart Giddings concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Dagnall. Jason Taylor takes the free kick.
    • 71:42 Substitution Mark Bower comes on in place of Andrew Milne.
    • 70:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Mulligan by Gary Jones. Direct free kick taken by Gary Dempsey.
    • 69:03 Gary Jones takes a shot. Save by Shane Redmond.
    • 67:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Dagnall by Josh Gray. Jason Taylor takes the free kick.
    • 66:03 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Josh Gray, Mark Convery takes a shot. Craig Dawson gets a block in.
    • 65:28 Chris O'Grady challenges Nathan Mulligan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Convery takes the free kick.
    • 65:03 Jason Taylor takes a shot. Save by Shane Redmond.
    • 64:12 Corner taken right-footed by Kallum Higginbotham to the near post, Ian Miller manages to make a clearance.
    • 63:16 Corner taken by Kallum Higginbotham from the left by-line, clearance made by Ian Miller.
    • 61:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kallum Higginbotham by Andrew Milne. Free kick crossed by Kallum Higginbotham, Gary Smith manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Kallum Higginbotham, Craig Dawson takes a shot.
    • 58:36 The offside flag is raised against Chris Dagnall. Shane Redmond takes the indirect free kick. Josh Gray produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 55:39 Thomas Kennedy takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Craig Dawson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan White. Free kick taken by Shane Redmond.
    • 54:23 Substitution Kallum Higginbotham joins the action as a substitute, replacing Temitope Obadeyi.
    • 54:23 Inswinging corner taken by Thomas Kennedy.
    • 52:35 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Thomas Kennedy, clearance made by Ian Miller.
    • 51:04 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Chris Dagnall. Gary Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Convery.
    • 50:06 Corner taken by Thomas Kennedy played to the near post.
    • 47:56 Floated corner taken by Thomas Kennedy.
    • 47:14 Corner taken by Josh Gray from the right by-line, save made by Frank Fielding.
    • 45:50 Chris Dagnall fouled by Alan White, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Kennedy.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:21 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+2:55 Corner taken by Mark Convery.
    • 44:35 The ball is sent over by Chris Dagnall, clearance by Josh Gray.
    • 43:42 Chris Dagnall is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Shane Redmond restarts play with the free kick.
    • 42:55 Corner taken by Josh Gray, clearance made by Craig Dawson.
    • 42:02 A cross is delivered by Gary Smith.
    • 38:47 The referee blows for offside. Shane Redmond takes the free kick.
    • 36:34 Substitution Paul Arnison leaves the field to be replaced by Andrew Milne.
    • Correction - 34:25 The assist for the goal came from Josh Gray.
    • Correction - 34:25 GOAL - Nathan MulliganRochdale 0 - 1 Darlington Nathan Mulligan finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Rochdale 0-1 Darlington.
    • 34:25 Assist on the goal came from Josh Gray.
    • 34:25 GOAL - Mark ConveryRochdale 0 - 1 Darlington Mark Convery finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Rochdale 0-1 Darlington.
    • 34:07 Corner from the left by-line taken by Gary Dempsey, clearance made by Gary Jones.
    • 33:13 Unfair challenge on Chris Dagnall by Stuart Giddings results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jason Taylor. The assistant referee signals for offside against Joe Thompson. Shane Redmond takes the indirect free kick.
    • 31:17 Corner taken by Thomas Kennedy, save by Shane Redmond.
    • 29:25 Ian Miller fouled by Chris O'Grady, the ref awards a free kick. Shane Redmond takes the free kick.
    • 28:18 Jason Taylor challenges Nathan Mulligan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Shane Redmond.
    • 26:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Taylor by Stuart Giddings. Scott Wiseman restarts play with the free kick.
    • 25:47 Headed effort from inside the area by Joe Thompson misses to the right of the goal.
    • 21:40 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Josh Gray from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Joe Thompson. Short corner taken by Josh Gray from the right by-line.
    • 17:52 Unfair challenge on Gary Smith by Chris O'Grady results in a free kick. Gary Smith restarts play with the free kick.
    • 16:50 Gary Jones challenges Gary Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shane Redmond takes the free kick.
    • 13:16 Unfair challenge on Chris O'Grady by Gary Smith results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Thomas Kennedy.
    • 12:47 Gary Smith fouled by Thomas Kennedy, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary Dempsey.
    • 7:49 Gary Jones takes a shot. Save made by Shane Redmond.
    • 6:55 The ball is crossed by Joe Thompson.
    • 5:12 Gary Smith fouled by Jason Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan White.
    • 4:18 Alan White gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Dagnall. Thomas Kennedy takes the free kick.
    • 3:36 Shot by Joe Thompson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
    • 0:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Dagnall by Alan White. Thomas Kennedy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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    League Two table snapshot

    As it stood on 13 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Notts County 40 52 80
    2 Rochdale 41 37 79
    3 Bournemouth 42 10 74
    4 Rotherham 42 5 68
    5 Bury 42 -1 67
    6 Chesterfield 42 2 66
    7 Aldershot 42 11 65
    8 Morecambe 42 9 64
    9 Port Vale 42 14 63
    10 Northampton 42 10 63
    11 Dag & Red 42 8 63
    12 Shrewsbury 42 3 59
    13 Burton Albion 42 -1 56
    14 Accrington 41 -10 54
    15 Bradford 42 -7 52
    16 Crewe 42 -8 50
    17 Macclesfield 42 -8 50
    18 Hereford 42 -15 50
    19 Torquay 42 2 47
    20 Lincoln City 42 -21 46
    21 Cheltenham 41 -11 45
    22 Barnet 41 -12 45
    23 Grimsby 42 -24 38
    24 Darlington 40 -45 26

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