Rochdale begin life after Keith Hill with win

For only the second time in 2019 and the first since former manager Keith Hill was sacked earlier in the week, Rochdale have recorded a victory thanks to a 2-1 triumph at home to Shrewsbury Town.

Brian Barry-Murphy was in the dugout, taking charge of his first ever senior game, as care-taker manager while the club assessed the next step and who to offer the job to.

What Barry-Murphy saw, along with just over 3,000 fans, was Dale move to within one win of getting out of the bottom four in League One thanks to goals from Kgosi Ntlhe and Jim McNulty.

After a scrappy opening to the game, Ntlhe forced Shrewsbury’s goalkeeper, Steven Arnold, into a full length save to deny his 25-yard volley.

But Ntlhe wouldn’t be denied for long, from the resulting corner he found himself in the right place at the right time to sweep home after Brad Inman’s cross.

Dale didn’t wait long after halftime to double their advantage, just three minutes after the restart a corner from Joe Bunney found Ntlhe but his scuffed shot was turned away by Arnold, into the path of McNulty who netted from close range.

Greg Docherty did pull one back for the visitors in the last minute to set up a frantic finish but Rochdale were able to hold on and complete the win.

It leaves them three points from safety with ten games left and a visit from Oxford United on Tuesday night (12th March) to look forward to.

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