Rochdale 1-2 Colchester United – BBC Sport

Cole Skuse’s late gaol sealed victory at Rochdale to lift Colchester further away from the League Two relegation zone.

The visitors took the lead in the 26th minute when John Akinde held off his markers to collect Noah Chilvers’ free-kick. The big striker, with his back to goal, laid the ball off for the incoming Junior Tchamadeu to smash into the roof of Jake Eastwood’s net.

The home side leveled in the 35th minute after Aidy White picked out Ian Henderson and, while Kieran O’Hara managed to keep out his shot, Devante Rodney was quick to pounce on the rebound and slam home.

James Ball wasted a glorious chance for Rochdale after the break, firing straight at O’Hara after being played clean through by Rodney.

Rodney himself was denied by O’Hara before a goalkeeping error handed Colchester all three points in the 87th minute.

Skuse’s drive from 25 yards out skidded off the turf in front of Eastwood and the keeper, who on Friday returned to the club for a second spell on loan from Sheffield United, allowed the ball to squirm beneath him and across the goal line.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Rochdale

Formation 5-3-2

  • 21Eastwood
  • 11OdohSubstituted forSinclairat 85′minutes
  • 5Taylor
  • 6Ebanks-Landell
  • 15GrahamSubstituted forQuigleyat 72′minutes
  • 3WhiteBooked at 63minsSubstituted forJohnat 69′minutes
  • 25Lloyd-McGoldrickSubstituted forDiagouragaat 73′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7Kelly
  • 13KeohaneSubstituted forCampbellat 90+1′minutes
  • 10Rodney
  • 40HendersonSubstituted forballat 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1O’Donnell
  • 8ball
  • 17Sinclair
  • 18Quigley
  • 19Campbell
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 24John

Colchester

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 13O’Hara
  • 4Chambers
  • 5SmithSubstituted forHallat 80′minutes
  • 6Dallison-Lisbon
  • 22Tchamadeu
  • 8Skuse
  • 17AshleySubstituted forJayat 65′minutesBooked at 67mins
  • 23woodSubstituted forKelleherat 90+3′minutes
  • 14ChilversSubstituted forReadat 65′minutes
  • 24Akinde
  • 34TovidSubstituted forHannantat 80′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Hornby
  • 7Hannant
  • 11Sears
  • 15Kelleher
  • 16Read
  • 20Jay
  • 29Hall

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