Rochdale 2-0 Coventry: Match Report

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17 April 2017

Ian Henderson double keeps Rochdale play-off dream alive

Ian Henderson's brace kept alive Rochdale's slim Sky Bet League One play-off hopes as already-relegated Coventry were beaten 2-0 at Spotland.

Dale's win - combined with Millwall and Southend losing - saw Keith Hill's side close the gap to three points between themselves and the top six.

The home side took the lead after 18 minutes with a terrific breakaway goal.

Jamie Allen and Joe Rafferty combined on the edge of the Dale area to free Nathaniel Mendez-Laing up the right flank. He outpaced Chris Stokes before dinking an inviting cross to the back post for Henderson to head past Lee Burge.

A similar break down the right channel saw Henderson return the favour, his delivery sitting up just as Mendez-Laing was poised to fire at goal and the chance slipped by.

The second goal arrived in the 52nd minute, Mendez-Laing slipping a neat pass down the middle for Henderson and he wrong-footed Burge with a clever first-time finish.

Coventry's misery was compounded when Ben Stevenson was stretchered off wearing a neck brace late on following an innocuous clash.


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