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Rochdale 2-2 Notts County

Joe Jones

Well, today started off well, but then appeared to go completely wrong, only for proceedings to be salvaged right at the death.

Garry Thompson's last gasp goal in the clash away at Rochdale gave Notts a 2-2 draw at Spotland, maintaining the Magpies' unbeaten away record in the process.

Neither side truly got going in the early stages of the game, with little more than tentative probes and half-chances being fired.

Shaun Derry's charges drew first blood just before the break when Elliott Whitehouse sent a cross the way of veteran Mike Edwards, who duly fired home and gave the visitors a 1-0 half-time lead.


But following the restart, Rochdale levelled the score as Ian Henderson converted with a smart finish.

Matt Done then struck the post as the hosts searched for a second goal, with Notts in danger of buckling under the pressure.

Dale's second was eventually scored in the 64th minute when Peter Vincenti headed in from close range from a pinpoint Done cross.

Notts tried desperately to push forward and find a goal as the second half wore on in a bid to protect their unbeaten away record and earn a point, but it seemed like it was to no avail.

Just as the game was about to draw to a close, a climactic equaliser finally came right at the death when Thompson slotted home from close range after goalkeeper Conrad Logan was down following a Murray challenge.

Keith Hill's side vehemently protested the goal, but referee Scott Mathieson waved the complaints away and allowed the goal to stand.

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I'm looking forward to seeing the highlights.

I checked early into the game and noticed their keeper had come off, then we had scored and the next notifications was that they lead us. I felt pretty sorry for the lads having gone up but not all was lost, Thompson to save a point!

Cheers for the match report JJ.

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