Shakers fall on a clinical Rochdale swordDavid Flitcroft made two changes to the squad that battled to a 0-0 draw with Bradford City last Saturday. New loan-signing who joined the Shakers on Tuesday, was given a starting place with Tom Soares making a return after facial surgery kept him out of Bury’s last game.
Chris Hussey and Leon Clarke were the casualties to these two changes, with Leon Clarke missing out altogether due to sickness.
The game started as a lively affair neither team really looking like opening the scoring, however that changed going into the tenth minute with a corner for the Dale.
11 mins. GOAL. The corner is whipped, it isn’t cleared and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing capitalises on the loose ball and fires home. 1-0
18 mins. GOAL. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing gets his second of the game after a defensive mistake by Bury. 2-0
The home side kept pushing the Shakers giving them very little space to get forward. This gave Dale some good half chances, the best being a low shot by Donal McDermott from 30 yards out after the midfielder cut inside and blasted the ball into the bottom left corner, but Ian Lawlor showed great reflexes to get low to deny Rochdale their third.
The Shakers however had a chance of their own on the 28th minute with John O’Sullivan marauding into the box via the by-line before finding Ryan Lowe in space on the box, the striker took a shot which was deflected out for a corner.
The Shakers were forced into a change on the 33rd minute after Ryan Lowe picked up an injury which he felt he wouldn’t be able to continue on, with Danny Rose coming on in his place.
Dale had a chance to get their third of the game on the 43rd minute when Donal McDermott’s free-kick found Nathaniel Mendez-Laing in space within the box, the striker put the ball across goal with Ashley Eastham looking to connect with the ball, but it was cleared well by the shakers defence.
Three minutes of added time were played before the half-time whistle was blown by Tony Harrington with the hosts going in 2-0 up.
HALF-TIME: Rochdale 2 – 0 Bury
The second half started as the first half ended with Rochdale putting Bury on the back-foot, this gave Dale their first chance of the half when Ian Henderson riggled through the Bury defence to take a shot which is deflected just wide of the post for a corner.
53 mins. GOAL. Rochdale soon made it 3-0 with Ashley Eastham heading home Donal McDermott's corner from the left for Rochdale's third of the game. 3-0.
The Shakers have a good chance to get a goal back on the 68th minute with Sean Clare showing brilliant footwork to beat his man before shooting at the near post. The Dale keeper Josh Lillis however showed fantastic reflexes to deny the young Sheffield Wednesday loanee.
This led to another chance for Bury with Chris Hussey’s corner from the right giving the Shakers plenty of half shots with Rochdale having to throw their bodies around to stop the ball going towards goal. This soon ended with Peter Clarke finding another space to get a shot off which rose above the Rochdale goal.
The Shakers showed a new lease off life after these chances, pushing the Dale defence, however they held up strong to deny them any opportunities in the final third.
This carried on for the rest of the game with both team’s staying strong defensively making for a game mostly stuck in the middle of the pitch, with
minute with Craig Jones flying down the right before putting a cross into the path of Danny Mayor whose header flew just wide of the post.thAlthough the Shakers were given a good chance on the 88
Three minutes of extra time were given before the whistle blew, making sure the Shakers’ bad run of form would carry on for at least another game.
FULL-TIME: Rochdale 3 – 0 Bury
NEXT-UP for the Shakers is a return to Gigg Lane for the visit of Shrewsbury Town with the hope of extending Bury’s unbeaten run at home to seven games.