Johnson strike aids~Magpies’ fight

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A half-cleared corner was played by Jay Smith to Wayne Corden, who cut inside two men before supplying Ryan Jarvis. The striker’s mis-hit shot fell to Johnson, on loan from Derby, to stab home from close range.

It was no more than the hosts deserved for a determined first-half display with Danny Crow missing a hat trick of chances.

The best of those came from a long Russell Hoult free-kick which was allowed to bounce in the Rochdale area only for Crow to lob wide.

Rochdale’s Adam Le Fondre fired over from eight yards and Chris Basham saw his goal-bound effort cleared off the line by Johnson.

The visitors saw their best chance for an equaliser disappear when Rene Howe shot wide with five minutes left.