Rochdale 0 York City 0: Stalemate for Minstermen

Nigel Worthington.
Nigel Worthington.
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York City kept a seventh successive clean sheet in holding League Two leaders Rochdale to a goalless draw at Spotland.

Heroic defending and top-class goalkeeping kept Nigel Worthington’s Minstermen on course for a place in the end of season play-offs.

With Preston loanee Ben Davies, arrested in connection with the match-fixing allegations, officially ruled out with a knee injury, York brought in Tom Allan at left-back and Rochdale attempted to attack his flank at every opportunity in the first half.

However, goalkeeper Nick Pope and central defensive duo Keith Lowe and John McCombe proved unbeatable, although Rochdale centre-back Oliver Lancashire should have done better than heading over from six yards.

York’s threats were minimal but the sides went in level at 0-0 at the break.

Allan grew into his role after the break but Pope emerged as the hero, making a particularly fine diving save to deny Rochdale top scorer Scott Hogan, who came off the bench in the 63rd minute after a month out through injury.

Worthington used all his three substitutes as his battling side held on for a point.