Much like their near neighbours Oldham Athletic, Rochdale went into the game at home against Doncaster Rovers still in search of their first win of the season, but nobody at the Crown Oil Arena on Tuesday night prior to kick off could’ve guessed what was about to happen.
It looked like being one of those nights for Dale early on when they were awarded an eighth minute penalty but Steve Davies, who we’ll hear more of later, wasn’t able to convert, seeing his shot saved after Matt Done had been brought down in the area.
Doncaster took the lead with just 16 minutes of the game left when Andy Williams flicked the ball wide of Brendan Moore in the Dale goal but his effort came back off a post right into the path of Marquis would couldn’t miss from close range.
The home fans were really feeling hard done to moments later when Davies saw his header cleared off the line with Ian Lawlor pulling off a world class save to keep Joe Rafferty at bay.
It was going to take something special to get Dale back into the game and that is just what they got two minutes into stoppage time.
Mark Kitching let fly from all of 20 yards on the volley which dipped over Lawlor and into the corner to send the home fans, who had been voicing their frustrations, into ecstasy.
But Keith Hill’s men weren’t finished there, just two minutes later Davies finally got his reward, sneaking in at the back post to slot home from a corner and claim the victory, leaving the visiting Rovers crestfallen at how they managed to throw it away.
The victory moves Rochdale out of the bottom four and now sets them up perfectly for their trip to Milton Keynes to take on the Dons.