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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Ryan Delaney (55')
  • Joel Grant (53')

Rochdale draw clear of relegation zone

Rochdale climbed out of the Sky Bet League One relegation zone for the first time since mid-December after a 1-1 draw with okay-off chasing Plymouth.
Ryan Delaney's 55th-minute header cancelled out Joel Grant's opener for the visitors, who were the better side in the opening half and were left to rue missed chances.
Graham Carey, Antoni Sarcevic and Ruben Lameiras were all denied by Josh Lillis and when Carey beat the goalkeeper with a curling shot his effort struck the post.
Dale boss Keith Hill made a double substitution at the break and his side started the second half brightly, Callum Camps' flicked effort forcing a good save out of Remi Matthews.
The home side were dealt a sucker punch when Argyle broke forward and Lameiras picked out Grant, who headed home on 54 minutes. But Dale levelled within a minute, Delaney heading home Brad Inman's corner.
Dale looked the more likely to grab a winner with Matty Gillam's turn and shot from close range flying over the Plymouth crossbar, while Inman had a shot beaten away by Matthews.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Portsmouth 22 +18 48
2 Luton Town 22 +21 44
3 Sunderland 20 +22 43
4 Peterborough United 22 +12 40
5 Charlton Athletic 22 +11 40
6 Doncaster Rovers 22 +11 38
7 Barnsley 21 +14 36
8 Blackpool 21 +4 34
9 Wycombe Wanderers 22 +2 32
10 Fleetwood Town 22 +6 30
11 Walsall 22 -10 30
12 Southend United 22 0 29
13 Coventry City 22 -4 29
14 Accrington Stanley 21 -5 28
15 Burton Albion 21 -3 27
16 Gillingham 22 -3 25
17 Shrewsbury Town 22 -3 25
18 Oxford United 22 -4 25
19 Rochdale 22 -12 24
20 Scunthorpe United 22 -18 21
21 Plymouth Argyle 22 -15 20
22 Bradford City 22 -17 18
23 Bristol Rovers 22 -9 17
24 AFC Wimbledon 22 -18 15