Rochdale leave it late to see off 10-men Blackpool

Rochdale have now recorded back-to-back wins to kick off the festive period, but they left it late to beat 10-men Blackpool on Boxing Day, eventually running out 2-1 winners.

It was Ian Henderson who finally broke the visitors resolve as the game ticked into the 89th minute at the Crown Oil Arena, moving Dale past 30-points in the process.

Keith Hill’s men got their noses in front just 20 minutes into the game, Henderson crossed into the box where Matty Gillam met it only to see his effort saved by Mark Howard in the Tangerines net, but he couldn’t hold on, parrying it into the path of Ollie Rathbone who couldn’t miss.

The Seasider’s where nearly level but Dale had the base of the post to thank as Jordan Thompson’s shot came back off the upright.

Thompson’s afternoon then went from bad to worse as he was given his marching orders on the half-hour after reacting to a challenge by Callum Camps.

Despite being down to 10-men it was Blackpool who reacted the better of the two sides and were level five minutes later.

Former Chesterfield striker Armand Gnanduillet raced down the wing and into the area before squaring it to Michael Nottingham to stroke home.

After the break it was all Dale as wave after wave of pressure pushed Blackpool back and eventually it paid off.

Henderson collected Bradden Inman’s pass with a minute to go, keeping his cool to slip his shot into the back of the net.

The victory moves Rochdale to 16th in League One, nine points clear of the bottom four with a visit from Bradford City due at the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday (29th December).

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