Lillis howler robs Rochdale of points

It was a moment all goalkeepers fear, Josh Lillis’ fresh-air shot missing the ball completely only for the keeper to turn and watch it trickle into the back of the net.

That turned out to be the difference between the two sides as Plymouth Argyle ran out 2-1 winners over Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena.

The defeat pulled Dale closer to the relegation zone in League One.

It took a while for the game to get going, 70 minutes to be precise, as the visitors took their first lead of a soggy afternoon.

Antoni Sarcevic raced into the penalty area, he was allowed to head towards goal before slipping the ball past the on-rushing Lillis only for Joel Grant to tuck home.

The Pilgrims lead was short lived though as Bradden Inman fired an angled finish underneath Matt Macey to bring the two sides level.

Argyle would regain the lead just seven minutes later thanks to a moment Lillis would rather forget.

David Perkins received the ball outside his area under pressure from the on-rushing Plymouth forwards, he gave a simple back pass to Lillis who swung his leg and connected with nothing but fresh-air.

Lillis turned around in despair only to see the ball go into the back of the net. It appeared the ball did bobble just before the goalkeeper made contact, jumping over his foot, but it didn’t matter, the goal was given, and Plymouth had the lead once more.

Rochdale applied the pressure in the final moments of the game, Calvin Andrew’s header was blocked on the line by Yann Songo’o as the visitors saw the game out.

The defeat leaves Dale in 19th place in League One, four points above the bottom four.

Next up for them is trip to Southend United on Saturday (22nd December).

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