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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 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