Rochdale's game of 'two halves' against Bristol Rovers

Rochdale were unlucky losers against Bristol Rovers at the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday.

The final score was 2 -1 to Bristol Rovers, in a match that left Brian Barry Murphy frustrated that they couldn't get an equaliser.

Graham Coughlan's men caught the home side cold with two early goals, taking the lead in the eighth minute when Liam Sercombe's corner was nodded back into the mix by Tony Craig and Victor Adeboyejo hooked the ball past Jay Lynch.

Rovers doubled their lead in the 11th minute courtesy of an own goal, Eoghan O'Connell diverting a vicious cross from Michael Kelly past Lynch.

Callum Camps pulled one back for Rochdale in the 43rd minute, poking home Ollie Rathbone's nod down after a fine cross from Luke Matheson.

And though Dale bossed the second half, Rovers goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola frustrated the home supporters with saves to deny Rekeil Pyke, Ian Henderson and Rathbone.

The Rovers backline came under intense pressure for long spells but the visitors saw the game out for their first win in four games and lie just a point outside the play-off places.

Brian Barry Murphy said: "No players or teams want to give the opposition a head start, it just happens.

"The only way of eradicating that is practising really hard at your skills and making the team even better.

"Our goal was a brilliant goal. We started to get really attacking in the second half."

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