Date: 16th February 2009 at 4:10pm
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A highly dubious penalty gave Rochdale a 1-0 win and inflicted the Silkmen’s first home defeat since Christmas.

It was mainly a ‘backs to hte wall’ performance from the Silkmen in the first half as the visitors forced no fewer than 12 corners in the opening 45.

But despite all the posession, the Dale never really tested Jon Brain other than a long range effort that was deflected wide.

The Silkmen had a penalty shout in the first five minutes as Nat Brown was hauled over and had a good chance when a great piece of skill from Danny Thomas saw him clear down the left, but his square to Sinclair was cut out.

Dale eventually broke the deadlock with the help of the official. Chris Dagnall got away from the Silkmen defence and attempted to poke the ball past Jon Brain. The Silkmen ‘keeper clearly took the ball before Dagnall fell over him, but the referee pointed to the spot. It was only the presence of Shaun Hessey as a covering defender which prevented a red card being dished out. Kennedy made no mistake from the spot.

The Second half saw an improvement from the Silkmen who pushed for an equaliser. The best chance came from a free kick (for a foul which was a yard inside the box) which was played in to Nat Brown who forced a top drawer reflex save from Frank Fielding.