Both sides were desperate to put miserable runs of form behind them, and while Rochdale emerged the victors thanks to Adams’ 84th minute tap-in, they can consider themselves fortunate to take three points from a game marked with plenty of missed chances.
Although Preston have the league’s worst defensive record at home and Rochdale the worst away, it was both sides’ wastefulness in front of goal that caught the eye
The worst of each side’s misses came in two second half minutes. First, Dale skipper Gary Jones saw his poor penalty saved by Thorsten Stuckmann on 56 minutes after Conor McLaughlin fouled Harry Bunn.
Moments later substitute Neil Mellor wasted Preston’s best opportunity, unbelievably hitting the woodwork from all of three yards with the goal gaping.
Adams made no mistake from a similar position six minutes from time, poking home on the rebound after Stuckmann had saved well from Andrew Tutte.