<
>
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 17 +14 38
2 Sunderland 16 +19 35
3 Peterborough United 17 +11 33
4 Barnsley 16 +15 31
5 Luton Town 17 +8 29
6 Charlton Athletic 17 +6 28
7 Accrington Stanley 17 +2 28
8 Coventry City 17 +2 28
9 Blackpool 16 +3 25
10 Doncaster Rovers 17 +1 25
11 Walsall 17 -5 25
12 Fleetwood Town 17 +5 23
13 Southend United 17 -1 23
14 Burton Albion 16 0 21
15 Wycombe Wanderers 17 -1 21
16 Rochdale 17 -9 20
17 Gillingham 17 -3 18
18 Shrewsbury Town 17 -4 18
19 Scunthorpe United 17 -11 18
20 Bristol Rovers 17 0 17
21 Oxford United 17 -7 15
22 Plymouth Argyle 17 -11 13
23 AFC Wimbledon 17 -15 11
24 Bradford City 17 -19 10