Calvin Andrew scored the only goal as Rochdale returned to winning ways with a 1-0 win against Coventry City at The Ricoh Arena.
The experienced frontman finished clinically from point blank range within two minutes of the second half restart to give Keith Hill’s side a first victory in League One since the opening day of the season.
Dale started well and were only denied an early lead by the fingertips of home goalkeeper Lee Burge as he did terrifically to tip over Callum Camp’s venomous shot when a corner was cleared to him.
The hosts probably had the better of the first half as a whole though and should have taken the lead when Luke Thomas prodded wide Jack Grimmer’s cutback from 10 yards.
Jonson Clarke-Harris skewed a header past the same left-hand post from another Grimmer delivery before Tony Andreu and Thomas each dragged speculative efforts wide.
The first of the second half opportunities again fell Dale’s way and this time the visitors capitalised.
Stephen Dooley, a summer signing from Cork City making his first league start for Hill’s side, played a short corner to Joe Rafferty and his clever chip to the back post was met by Andrew, who converted on the volley.
Camps drew another save from Burge before firing his rebound wide from the angle as Clarke-Harrison headed another clear opening wide at the other end, after Ian Henderson’s goal had been ruled out for offside.
Magnus Norman in the Dale goal made a few decent stops late on although Thomas might have done more to trouble him when he placed wide of the far post one-on-one and again when he fired over from the edge of the box.
Ultimately were the visitors were deserving of the three points, an encouraging sign for Hill, given that he did not need to call upon deadline day signings Sam Hart and Zach Clough, the latter of whom was an unused substitute at Coventry.
Hill was understandably pleased at landing a first win in five attempts in league action.
“I’m delighted for the players,” he told Dale’s official website. “The work they put in hasn’t been rewarded this season, so I’m really pleased.”
Next up for Hill and his players is a Checkatrade Trophy clash at home to fierce rivals Bury at Spotland on Tuesday as Dale look to build some momentum heading into the next league game away at Scunthorpe United at the weekend.