Accrington boss Leam Richardson hailed Lee Molyneux after the substitute scored two stunning strikes to set up a 3-0 win against Rochdale at Spotland.

Without an away win since November, Accrington hit Dale with a sucker punch in the 76th minute when Molyneux sent a thunderous 30-yard strike into the top right-hand corner of Josh Lillis' net. And he followed that up minutes later with a stunning 25-yard free kick.

Romuald Boco added the finishing touch, netting a third in the 88th minute after Lillis had pushed James Beattie's shot onto the crossbar.

"I knew Lee had that in his locker, he's been patient and waited for his chance and that was just about the best 20 minutes I've seen from a substitute," said Richardson. "We asked him to make an impact when we sent him on, and he's certainly done that.

"They were three superb goals and sometimes you don't always get the rewards your hard work deserves, and I've felt that has been the case over the last month. But this win was reward for the hard work the players have been putting in.

"They had a lot of possession and played some nice football, but I thought we dealt very well with it defensively. This is only one win and the aim for us now is to get back to back wins. We've got a dozen or so games left this and we know need to win majority of those."

Rochdale boss Keith Hill admitted Lee Molyneux's strikes were 'world class' but was left to curse Jason Kennedy's missed header from eight yards out.

"Two world class strikes made the difference and the fact that we don't look comfortable in front of the opposition's goal," he said. "In the first half Jason Kennedy has got to score and that would have changed the whole complexion of the game.

"You have to give fair reward to the opposition because they came with a gameplan and it worked. We don't seem to be confident in front of goal at all.

"I see a lot of confidence from our players in the week. I wanted us to handle the ball a lot better than we did at Barnet last Saturday and we did that to a certain degree, but the scoreline reflects a bad night at the office from a results point of view and we have got to improve on those results."