REDS MATCH REPORT: Rochdale 3 Barnsley 4

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TWO goals from Craig Dagnall and other goals from Craig Davies and John Stones made sure Keith Hill made a winning return to his former club Rochdale, writes Neil Goulding.


The Reds, through to the next round of the Capital One Cup, made sure they did it the hard way having been reduced to ten men when goalkeeper Ben Alnwick was sent-off in the 90th minute.

On his debut Alnwick was shown a straight red card by referee Gary Sutton for a deliberate headbutt on substitute Ian Craney at the death.

Earlier, former Manchester City youngster Andrew Tutte gave Dale a deserved lead with a sweet right-foot strike after some slack defending from the Championship club.

However, debutant Stones – who only twice featured as a substitute last season - leveled for the Tykes with his first senior goal two minutes before the break and, with 12 minutes remaining, striker Davies netted for what looked like the winner.

But Jason Kennedy forced extra-time when he beat makeshift keeper Bobby Hassell from the spot.

Dagnall bagged a brace with clinical strikes in the 94th and 104th minutes, only for Kennedy to score again from the spot a minute later after skipper Jimmy McNulty was penalised for a handball.

But Hassell saved the day with three excellent saves in the final few minutes to keep the Tykes’ cup hopes alive.

Tykes winger Jim O’Brien was stretchered off in the 18th minute with a suspected broken arm after a innocuous challenge with Dale left-back Kevin McIntyre.

But the impressive Stones nodded home Jacob Mellis’ pinpoint free-kick before the break and then Davies latched on to a wayward pass to put the contest out of reach with a smart right-foot strike.

However, the drama was far from over as Dagnall’s late goals won it despite Kennedy’s two penalty strikes.

* Rochdale (4-2-3-1, r-l): Lillis; Pearson, R Edwards, P Edwards, McIntyre; Kennedy, Cavanagh; Donnelly (Putterill 75), Tutte, Grimes (Curran 85); Adebola (Craney 84). Subs: Smith, Bennett, Rafferty, Barry-Murphy.

* Barnsley (4-4-1-1): Alnwick; Stones (Hassell 85), Foster, McNulty, Wiseman; O’Brien (Dagnall 18), Mellis, Perkins, Done; Etuhu (Cywka 70); Davies. Subs: Lidakevicius, Golbourne, Dawson, Digby.

*Goals: Rochdale 3 (Andrew Tutte 6, Jason Kennedy pen 90, 105); Barnsley 4 (John Stones 43, Craig Davies 78, Chris Dagnall 94,105)


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