Dale back on track, Bees buzzing

Rochdale ended a run of four successive defeats with a 4-1 win over third-placed Cheltenham in League Two, while Southend and Barnet also won.

Last Updated: 21/12/12 at 22:52

Ashley Grimes: At the double for Rochdale

Ashley Grimes: At the double for Rochdale

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Rochdale striker Bobby Grant's 25-yard effort gave the hosts a 38th-minute lead and Ashley Grimes doubled the lead from similar distance just before the break.

Phil Edwards' own goal three minutes into the second half brought the visitors back into the contest - but Grimes (67) and Dele Adebola (69) rounded off an emphatic success.

Southend consolidated their place in the play-off positions with a 3-0 win over Chesterfield, with goals from Ryan Cresswell (51) and Gavin Tomlin (61 and 69).

Barnet started Friday night bottom of the table but Ricky Holmes' hat-trick set up a 3-2 win over Burton which lifts them out of the relegation places.

Billy Kee's 16th-minute penalty gave Burton the lead but Holmes equalised three minutes before half-time and wrapped up his treble with a 53rd-minute penalty and a low shot in the 66th minute.

Jacques Maghoma struck from the spot for the Brewers in added-on time but Barnet held on to claim all three points.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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