Danny Hollands' brace kept Charlton flying high at the top of League One, but the Addicks ace was gutted not to bag a hat-trick in his side's 3-2 win over Rochdale.

Hollands, set to become a father of triplets in the near future, grabbed goals either side of a Rhoys Wiggins effort to sink Dale at Spotland but with partner Natalie due to give birth soon, the midfielder will have to keep the champagne on ice.

"Danny is going to be a father of three and we really hope that goes well for him and Natalie," Charlton boss Chris Powell said. "He wanted the hat-trick as he's got three little ones on the way, but he'll take the two on this occasion and as long as everything goes well with the birth it will be great for him to celebrate this as well."

Hollands opened the scoring after 20 minutes, heading home Johnnie Jackson's cross. And Charlton were 2-0 up by the break courtesy of Wiggins' effort but goals from Ashley Grimes and David Ball pulled the hosts level and they looked on course for a point until Hollands struck again, heading home Jackson's deep corner in the 80th minute.

"After the first period it was all positive on our part, but I did try to impress upon the boys the importance of quelling the pressure we would come under," added Powell.

"Fair play to Rochdale, they were in the ascendancy after pulling one back and duly scored a second.

"Once we weathered that pressure we got ourselves into a good situation and in the end got the winner. Looking at the whole game I suppose we merited the three points."

Rochdale manager Steve Eyre was cheered by the fact his side ran the leaders so close - but bemoaned the concession of three goals.

"We can take some comfort from the fact we ran the league leaders close," said Eyre. "We genuinely felt we could have won it, believe we should have drawn it and feel aggrieved at ourselves for losing it and a bit unlucky to lose it.

"At the same time, let's not get away from the fact that scoring two goals at home should be enough - we conceded three and that is why we`ve lost. I feel the winning goal could have been avoided and the fact we got ourselves back into the game having been two down makes it all the more disappointing."

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