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REPORT | Rovers 1 Rochdale 0

19 January 2021

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Rovers make it three wins on the bounce after a first half goal from Jon Taylor clinches all three points.

AJ Greaves was one of three changes to the side that beat Swindon Town at the weekend with the Academy product making his first start in Sky Bet League One.  

The midfielder showed no nerves getting straight involved in the action by dispossessing Stephen Dooley in the middle of the park before unleashing Jon Taylor on the attack.  

The visitors’ first big attack of the evening came on the tenth minute. Andy Butler stepped up making two pivotal challenges to deny Rochdale who had their sights set on goal.   

Taylor Richards showcased some great footwork turning around his marker before pulling off a shot on goal which went wide.  

Rovers went into the lead on the 31st minute from a move which started with a sublime ball into the box from Matt Smith which was nodded down by Brad Halliday into the path of Taylor Richards. The Brighton loanees shot was blocked but the ball fortunately fell kindly for Jon Taylor who was able to turn home from close range.  

From there on out the majority of the possession was in Rovers’ hand with chances including that of Cameron John who left the palms stinging of 18-year-old Gavin Bazunu.  

The score line remained 1-0 to Rovers at the break with solid shift put in by Darren Moore’s men during the opening half.   

Rovers picked up where they left off at the start of the second half with Jon Taylor dragging an effort wide of goal.  

Jason Lokilo and Ed Williams were introduced to field of play just past the hour mark with Jon Taylor and Taylor Richards making way for the duo.  

Lokilo’s impact was noticeable through the amount of times he successfully won the ball back for Rovers which kick started Moore’s side on the counter plenty of times.  

Rovers’ number 10 would later win a corner however his delivery didn’t quite reach it’s intended target giving a sigh of relief to the Dale defence.  

With five minutes of normal time left in the game, Kwadwo Baah almost had an equaliser for the visitors with their only chance of the half as he out ran Brad Halliday but his shot was blocked from close range.  


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