Rickie Lambert returned to his former club Rochdale and scored the only goal of the game to bring home three points for the gas.
It was not a very good first half display by Rovers and could have easily have been a couple of goals down at half time if it wasnt for some poor finishing and some good keeping by Phillips.
In the second half Rovers dug deep and 9 minutes into the second half Rickie Lambert scored the goal that won Rovers the game. The goal was totally against the run of play, Lambert tapping in a Craig Dilsey cross.
Rochdale hit the woodwork twice, first through Glenn Murray and then when Adam Rundle’s long range shot struck the bar.
Rovers had to play the closing minutes with only ten men as Sammy Igoe saw red for two yellow cards. The win moves Rovers into 7th place.
‘It was a big win for us,’ Paul told bristolrovers.co.uk, ‘It was a performance we weren’t overly proud of, especially in the first half, but we can take a lot of positives from it in terms of resilience, spirit, desire, and the determination to get three points.’
Rochdale manager Keith Hill
‘We created enough chances to win at least one game, possibly two but it is about putting the ball in the back of the net.’