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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Oliver Rathbone (45'+12')
  • Steven Davies (80')
  • Ian Henderson (90'+6')
  • Nathan Thomas (8')

Dale boost survival hopes with dramatic win over Shrewsbury

Relegation-threatened Rochdale ran out 3-1 winners as the game against promotion-chasing Shrewsbury ended in controversy at Spotland.
The Shrews were awarded a penalty in time added on with the chance to equalise but referee Richard Clark changed his mind and awarded a corner - from which Dale's Ian Henderson broke downfield and scored a third.
The Shrews raced into an eighth-minute lead when Nathan Thomas turned Harrison McGahey and raced clear to fire past Josh Lillis.
But the visitors' momentum was broken when Toto Nsiala was stretchered off with a suspected fractured cheekbone following an accidental clash of heads with Stephen Humphrys.
And Dale levelled deep into the resultant 12 minutes of time added on at the end of the first half, Oliver Rathbone firing wide of Dean Henderson.
Dale took the lead in the 80th minute when Steven Davies hooked a brilliant overhead kick into the roof of the net.
Referee Clark awarded the Shrews a penalty in time added on when Jim McNulty challenged Shaun Whalley - only to change his mind and award a corner after consulting his linesman. From the resulting set-piece, and with keeper Dean Henderson having joined the attack, Ian Henderson broke away and fired into an empty net.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Luton Town 33 +38 71
2 Barnsley 32 +31 65
3 Portsmouth 32 +19 60
4 Sunderland 31 +23 59
5 Charlton Athletic 33 +15 56
6 Doncaster Rovers 31 +19 53
7 Peterborough United 33 +7 52
8 Blackpool 32 +6 48
9 Coventry City 33 -1 46
10 Fleetwood Town 33 +8 45
11 Wycombe Wanderers 33 -5 43
12 Burton Albion 32 +2 42
13 Southend United 33 -1 40
14 Scunthorpe United 33 -17 40
15 Plymouth Argyle 33 -13 38
16 Accrington Stanley 30 -11 37
17 Gillingham 32 -11 36
18 Walsall 33 -19 35
19 Rochdale 32 -25 34
20 Bristol Rovers 31 -4 33
21 Oxford United 32 -10 33
22 Shrewsbury Town 32 -10 33
23 Bradford City 33 -16 33
24 AFC Wimbledon 32 -25 26