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Notts 1-2 Rochdale

Cruel ending to closely-contested Cup tie

16 November 2021

We were knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup by a last-minute Jake Beesley header despite another strong performance against League Two side Rochdale.

Having drawn at the Crown Oil Arena, Robbie Stockdale's side arrived at Meadow Lane for a replay which proved to be as closely contested as the initial tie.

It followed a similar pattern, too, with Rochdale taking the lead in the first half when Josh Andrews produced an excellent finish inside the area only for us to equalise after the break with Aaron Nemane turning Adam Chicksen's cross home at the back post.

We were largely dominant after the break but it was Dale who would strike next, Beesley rising highest to meet a cross with a pinpoint header with seconds of normal time remaining.

Joel Taylor nearly scored with an overhit cross in stoppage time and Patterson got his head to the subsequent corner.

But there was to be no fairytale comeback as Rochdale progressed to host Plymouth in round two.

STARTING XI: Patterson; Chicksen, Rawlinson, Brindley; Taylor, Nemane (Kelly-Evans 75'); Palmer, Rodrigues, Vincent (Francis 89'); Mitchell (Roberts 57'), Wootton

UNUSED SUBS: Slocombe, Doyle, Sam

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