Wolves end Dale dream
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Goals by George Ndah, Kenny Miller and Adam Proudlock were enough to take the Division One side through, despite the Spotland club making it interesting with a Gavin Melaugh strike early in the second half.
The home side dominated the opening half and showed more of a threat in trying to beat Rochdale goalkeeper Matthew Gilks, with Mark Kennedy and Paul Ince both controlling the midfield play.
Their pressure paid off just after the half-hour mark when George Ndah struck a shot from Kennedy's corner that deflected off Dale's Lee McEvilly in front of goal and went past Gilks to make it 1-0.
Wolves continued to come forward before the break and Gilks was then called on make two important saves from Paul Butler's header and Ince's low rasping shot.
The second period saw the Black Country club pick up where they left off, as the ever-dangerous Kennedy forced Gilks into another save from his rising shot at goal.
However, with Wolves looking comfortable at this stage, Rochdale dramatically equalised eight minutes after the break.
Player-manager Paul Simpson struck a shot that the on-running Melaugh deflected on past Wolves goalkeeper Matthew Murray to make it 1-1.
The leveller opened up the match as both sides looked for a second goal, much to the excitement of the Molineux crowd.
However, Wolves started to wear their Division Three opponents down slightly, with Ince again forcing Gilks into saving his shot and striker Miller heading wide from Kennedy's left-flank cross.
The home side's advantage was soon restored as Miller struck home from a rebound after Lee Naylor's initial shot was brilliantly palmed out by Gilks with 11 minutes to go, though Wolves defender Joleon Lescott did look suspiciously off-side on the goal.
Wolves' quality showed at the end as substitute Adam Proudlock came off the bench to make it 3-1 with his first touch from a counter-attack in time added on.
Colin Cameron forced another good save from Gilks but the rebound fell to on-rushing Proudlock and he easily slid the ball home to make it three.
The win sends Dave Jones' side through to Monday's quarter final draw while Rochdale gracefully go out of the competition, having taken some famous scalps.
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Wolves 3-1 Rochdale