Rochdale pulled off a surprise 2-1 victory at home to league leaders Burton Albion. After a scrappy opening 5 minutes Rochdale took the lead through an incredible 8th minute goal. Two players who have come up through the ranks at Rochdale through the youth team linked up for this superb goal. Jamie Allen picked out Callum Camps who advanced forward and leathered the ball home from a good 25 yards. The ball was struck so well that the fans behind the goal reacted later than youâ€™d expect it was hit so hard. Rochdale then started to dominate the game despite being underdogs. They had Burton on the back foot for the majority of the first half. They managed to double their advantage on the 24th minute when captain Ian Henderson broke into the box before being pulled down by Burton Albion captain John Mousinho. He converted the penalty, sending Burton Albion keeper, Jon McLaughlin the wrong way. Burton managed to set up a tense final 10 minutes after they halved the deficit in the 78th minute. A mix up between Jim McNulty and Dale keeper Josh Lillis allowed Lucas Akins to pull off a superb lob giving the away fans something to cheer about. Dale managed to see the game out and subsequently pull off an exquisite victory.
This victory is exactly what Dale manager Keith Hill needed after last weekâ€™s embarrassment. The players lost 1-6 at Barnsley. This weekendâ€™s victory proved to him that there was, â€˜no crisis at the football club.â€™ Rochdale have never been higher than League 1, something Keith Hill aims to change. He said that, â€˜Progressively, I want to try and establish ourselves and take us close to being a Championship side.â€™ Hill was clearly impressed with the result saying that he would have been happy with the performance even if his players had lost the game.
Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough was disappointed with the result. He knew that the 1-6 result at Barnsley would make them want to come out fighting a bit harder, but he went on to say, â€˜it was a strange first half.â€™ He then went on to say, â€˜Jon McLaughlin has picked the ball out of the net twice and had nothing else to do.â€™ This conveys Cloughâ€™s clear frustration at the result.
Burton remain top of the table with a 3 point advantage over second place Gillingham with a game in hand. Rochdale move up to 14th, just 7 points away from the League 1 play offs.