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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Oliver Rathbone (45'+12')
  • Steven Davies (80')
  • Ian Henderson (90'+6')
  • Nathan Thomas (8')

Dale boost survival hopes with dramatic win over Shrewsbury

Relegation-threatened Rochdale ran out 3-1 winners as the game against promotion-chasing Shrewsbury ended in controversy at Spotland.
The Shrews were awarded a penalty in time added on with the chance to equalise but referee Richard Clark changed his mind and awarded a corner - from which Dale's Ian Henderson broke downfield and scored a third.
The Shrews raced into an eighth-minute lead when Nathan Thomas turned Harrison McGahey and raced clear to fire past Josh Lillis.
But the visitors' momentum was broken when Toto Nsiala was stretchered off with a suspected fractured cheekbone following an accidental clash of heads with Stephen Humphrys.
And Dale levelled deep into the resultant 12 minutes of time added on at the end of the first half, Oliver Rathbone firing wide of Dean Henderson.
Dale took the lead in the 80th minute when Steven Davies hooked a brilliant overhead kick into the roof of the net.
Referee Clark awarded the Shrews a penalty in time added on when Jim McNulty challenged Shaun Whalley - only to change his mind and award a corner after consulting his linesman. From the resulting set-piece, and with keeper Dean Henderson having joined the attack, Ian Henderson broke away and fired into an empty net.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Luton Town 38 +41 80
2 Barnsley 38 +36 75
3 Sunderland 37 +30 73
4 Portsmouth 38 +25 71
5 Charlton Athletic 38 +18 67
6 Doncaster Rovers 37 +15 57
7 Coventry City 38 +1 56
8 Peterborough United 38 +4 55
9 Blackpool 38 -1 53
10 Fleetwood Town 38 +8 52
11 Burton Albion 38 +4 50
12 Plymouth Argyle 38 -12 45
13 Bristol Rovers 37 0 44
14 Wycombe Wanderers 38 -11 44
15 Accrington Stanley 36 -11 44
16 Gillingham 38 -12 44
17 Scunthorpe United 38 -18 44
18 Shrewsbury Town 38 -8 43
19 Oxford United 38 -10 43
20 Southend United 38 -8 42
21 Walsall 38 -18 42
22 AFC Wimbledon 38 -21 39
23 Rochdale 37 -31 38
24 Bradford City 38 -21 36