Barry-Murphy remains unbeaten after Gillingham draw

It’s now four games since Rochdale last tasted defeat following their 1-1 draw at Gillingham, despite Dale taking the lead in the first half.

The point has given care-taker manager Brian Barry-Murphy’s side a lifeline in their battle to avoid relegation to League Two, drawing them level on points with those above them.

Leading scorer and captain Ian Henderson gave Rochdale a 37th minute lead, netting his sixth goal in five games against the Gills, slotting past Tomas Holy after Joe Bunney’s well worked freekick.

It was perhaps tough on the hosts who had the better of the play prior to going behind, Mark Byrne firing against the crossbar from six-yards out one of a whole host of chances they had but couldn’t find a way past Josh Lillis.

But the Gills did get their reward two minutes into stoppage time at the end of the first half, Byrne met Tom Eaves’ cross to power home past Lillis, who was returning to the line-up after being out through injury.

It earned the home side a point and left Dale with work still to do to get themselves out of the bottom four, although the gap now is only goal difference between them and those above them.

Next up for Rochdale is a visit from promotion chasing Sunderland on Saturday (6th April).

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