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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Jimmy McNulty (16')
  • Ian Henderson (71')
  • Mihai-Alexandru Dobre (87')

Rochdale ease to victory at Walsall

Rochdale bounced back from their FA Cup humbling at Tottenham by climbing off the foot of League One with an emphatic 3-0 victory at woeful Walsall.
Jim McNulty, Ian Henderson and a super solo goal from debutant Bournemouth loanee Mihai Dobre moved Dale above Bury but they remain nine points from safety, albeit with games in hand.
They led on 16 minutes as McNulty outjumped Walsall defenders to loop a header home from Brad Inman's corner for his first goal for the club.
It was almost 2-0 on 35 minutes as Ryan Delaney glanced a free header wide before Dale keeper Josh Lillis parried fierce strikes from Walsall pair Kieron Morris and George Dobson.
Rochdale sealed the points on 71 minutes as Henderson's 15-yard curler found the bottom corner.
Walsall could have pulled one back six minutes later as Delaney tripped Amadou Bakayoko but Lillis impressively saved Erhun Oztumer's penalty.
But Dale added a third on 87 minutes as Romanian teenager Dobre turned a defender inside out before surging into the area and slotting into the bottom corner.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Portsmouth 28 +20 57
2 Luton Town 28 +29 56
3 Sunderland 27 +22 53
4 Charlton Athletic 29 +16 53
5 Barnsley 27 +24 52
6 Peterborough United 28 +9 47
7 Doncaster Rovers 28 +14 46
8 Blackpool 27 +2 39
9 Coventry City 29 -3 39
10 Southend United 28 +4 38
11 Wycombe Wanderers 28 -2 38
12 Fleetwood Town 28 +5 36
13 Burton Albion 28 0 36
14 Accrington Stanley 27 -9 35
15 Walsall 28 -11 35
16 Scunthorpe United 29 -17 34
17 Shrewsbury Town 28 -6 31
18 Gillingham 28 -9 31
19 Rochdale 29 -24 31
20 Oxford United 28 -9 30
21 Plymouth Argyle 28 -14 30
22 Bristol Rovers 28 -5 28
23 Bradford City 28 -16 27
24 AFC Wimbledon 28 -20 23