Cambridge United 0 Rochdale 0

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Last updated : 24 January 2004

Cambridge boss John Taylor must wonder what he has to do to improve the second worst home record in the Nationwide league.

His team dominated almost completely against Rochdale carved out a host of chances and even won a penalty.

But they ended goalless and the sequence at the Abbey Stadium stretched to just two wins in 14 matches.

Luke Guttridge should have got the goal to set them on their way to victory, but after Danny Webb was brought down by Wayne Evans in the 49th minute he slammed his penalty against the right hand post.

As well as lacking the finish to go with their inventive approach play, Cambridge had the misfortune to come up against a goalkeeper in tremendous form.

Neil Edwards made four excellent saves, the best of which came a split second after the penalty when he made a point blank block at the feet of Nathan Peat, who stabbed in a shot from the rebound.

Shane Tudor let Rochdale off the hook when he fired too high after weaving his way into the box in the 32nd minute.

The Lancastrians were limited to a header and a shot from Andy Bishop which flew straight at the keeper and wide of a post, and to an 88th minute header from skipper Gareth Griffiths, which would have been a travesty if it had ended up in the net instead of flying inches wide.

Rochdale boss Steve Parkin admitted as much when he said: "We got a point we probably didn't deserve. After my three other matches since I've returned to the club, this was a big disappointment.

"We let Cambridge dominate, we were hardly in the game and every player owes a debt of gratitude to our goalkeeper. This wasn't acceptable." The frustrated Cambridge boss commented: "The penalty would have sealed it even though it was just the start of the second half. We played well enough to be two or three up by that stage.

"But everybody knows a goalscorer is what we lack and we'll be out searching next week for somebody to make the difference.

"I just hope our fans appreciate it, so much good play even though we couldn't give them a win, which we all deserved on and off the field."

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