Rochdale 1-0 Charlton: Joe Thompson saves Dale from relegation
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 05/05/18 8:22pm
Joe Thompson's second-half strike rescued Rochdale from relegation as Keith Hill's men survived the drop with a 1-0 win against Charlton.
Oldham's draw at Northampton meant Dale rose out of the bottom four and leapfrogged their neighbours.
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The home side opened well and settled and went close in the seventh minute when Joe Aribo conceded a free-kick for a foul on Oliver Rathbone 20 yards from goal. Callum Camps' free-kick was parried by Ben Amos and Ian Henderson seized on the loose ball but fired against the post from close range.
Aribo fired a shot straight at Dale goalkeeper Josh Lillis but the home side had the lion's share of chances in the first half, Amos called upon again to keep out a Ryan Delaney header.
The second half was a similar story with Dale on the front foot. Camps saw a 20-yard drive pushed away by Amos.
The breakthrough came in the 69th minute, substitute Thompson pouncing on a loose ball in the Charlton area and drilling a low drive wide into the net.