Rochdale v Cardiff City, 02 September 2000

Score1-1
CompetitionLeague Division 3
VenueSpotland
Attendance2,824
The Rochdale - Cardiff encounters have been historically close, and City had to settle for a fourth draw in a row as improving Rochdale claimed a point with their late equaliser. As Dale were without key forwards Tony Ellis and Graham Lancashire, the Third Division glamour team were hopeful of taking a three point haul back to South Wales. The plan was on course when the Bluebirds took an early lead. After Andy Legg's floated free kick was headed back across the area, right back Wayne Evans was unable to hold off the challenge of Paul Brayson for the ex-Reading striker to score in consecutive games. City hitman Kurt Nogan had a 'goal' chalked off because of an extremely marginal offside decision to extend the lead but it was another recent Reading man who netted the leveller ten minutes from time. City were further aggrieved with referee Dean when, from Dave Bayliss' high lob into the area, keeper Mark Walton fell under Clive Platt's challenge before Phil Hadland was on hand to net the loose ball.

Goals:

Phil Hadland 81 G

Goals:

Paul Brayson 10 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Neil Edwards
Defender/Right back Wayne Evans
Defender Dave Bayliss
Defender Lee Todd
Defender/Centre back Keith Hill
Midfielder Simon Davies
Midfielder David Flitcroft
Midfielder Tony Ford
Midfielder Gary Jones
Midfielder Michael Oliver
Forward Clive Platt

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Mark Walton
Defender Danny Gabbidon
Defender Scott Young
Defender/Centre back David Greene
Defender/Midfielder Andy Legg
Midfielder Mark Bonner
Midfielder Matt Brazier
Midfielder Jason Fowler
Midfielder Danny Hill
Forward Paul Brayson
Forward Kevin Nugent

Substitutions:

Paul Ware for Michael Oliver 46
Gary Hamilton for David Flitcroft 46
Phil Hadland for Tony Ford 60

Substitutions:

Scott McCulloch for Matt Brazier 52
Kurt Nogan for Paul Brayson 65
Kevin Evans for Danny Hill 85

On the bench:

Midfielder Phil Hadland
Midfielder Paul Ware
Forward Gary Hamilton

On the bench:

Defender Kevin Evans
Defender/Centre back Scott McCulloch
Forward Kurt Nogan

Comments:

This was the ninth draw in 19 meetings with Cardiff. Phil Hadland scored his first goal in senior football. League Position: 9th

Comments:

The scoreline was a repeat of Cardiff's last visit to Spotland in February 1999, and they have won only once in their ten trips to Rochdale. Scott McCulloch and Kevin Evans were making their City debuts. League Position: 9th