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Match Preview: Fleetwood v Rochdale

13 October 2017

Fleetwood Town return to Highbury action this weekend fresh from clocking up 650 miles on the road at Plymouth last Saturday.

Rochdale are the visitors to the Fylde coast, as Town look to repeat the performance at Home Park and make it three consecutive wins in all competitions.

Dale visit having lost 1-0 at home to Rotherham last time out.

Inconsistent Dale

Keith Hill’s side sit 18th in Sky Bet League One and have had a mixed season so far. Their home form is generally good, but they have struggled on the road, having picked up just three away points in the league this campaign, all 0-0 draws, so they still await their first away victory.

Despite last week’s 1-0 loss to Rotherham, the Greater Manchester side have good home form, having lost just once on their own patch. Victories include 3-0 over Gillingham and 2-1 against Doncaster Rovers.

We’ve Met Before

Fleetwood and Rochdale have met eleven times in the past; five times each in League One and League Two, and once in the Football League Trophy. The Cod Army have won three times, Rochdale four, with four draws.

Last season, the two sides were goalless at Highbury in a 0-0 draw in February. The previous September, Rochdale were 2-1 victors at Spotland when Matt Lund and Steve Davies scored for the home side. Bobby Grant scored a penalty for Town. 

Ones To Watch

Ian Henderson is a fan’s favourite amongst the Rochdale faithful, having been at the club since 2013. With almost 200 appearances in a blue shirt, he’s scored 62 goals in his time at Spotland. Henderson was a product of the Norwich City youth system and 58 appearances for their first team between 2002-2007. From here, via a loan spell at Rotherham, he signed for Northampton, then Luton. After a short spell in Turkey with Ankaragucu, Henderson returned to the UK to sign for Colchester United where he stayed for three years, making 118 appearances. From here, Rochdale signed him. 

Australian former Newcastle United youngster Brad Inman is on loan from Peterborough United, and has made a big impression at Spotland. Since signing for the Dale in the summer, he has scored three times for the club, including twice in a 4-0 victory over Bury in the Checkatrade Trophy. Inman is best known for his time at Crewe Alexandra where he made over 120 appearances for the Cheshire outfit, scoring 20 times.

Midfielder Matt Done is now in his third spell for Rochdale, having previously played for the club between 2010-11 and 2013-15. Done began his career at Wrexham and was there for three years professionally, before signing for Hereford. Aside from his spells at Rochdale, Done has also played for Barnsley, Hibernian and Sheffield United. This season he has scored twice – once in a 3-0 win over Gillingham and once in 3-2 defeat to MK Dons. 

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Match Reports

Report: Ten men fight back to earn valuable point

14 October 2017

Ten man Fleetwood Town somehow rescued a point against a strong Rochdale side as Saturday’s contest ended 2-2 at Highbury.

Ashley Eastham had given Town a first half lead, but Rochdale scored twice in five second half minutes to take the lead, before Cole leveled things up late on.

Substitute Wes Burns was dismissed midway through the second half for a tackle on Callum Camps – a controversial moment in the game.

Uwe Rosler made one change from last week’s fantastic win at Plymouth Argyle, with Aiden O’Neill replacing George Glendon in the starting line-up, who dropped to the bench. Conor McAleny returned to the match day squad after returning from injury picked up at Portsmouth last month.

Action was plentiful in the early exchanges at Highbury with Cole threatening with a cross deep into the penalty area, which just missed Kyle Dempsey on the edge of the area.

Both sides were playing good football in the centre of the park, and it was midfielder Camps who had the visitors first meaningful chance as he hit his volley straight at Alex Cairns in the Town goal.

Cole was next to go close as he got a head to Dempsey’s looping cross, but he could only head onto the roof of the net – an inch lower and Town would have been ahead with Josh Lillis beaten.

Fleetwood took a deserved lead before the half hour mark. O’Neill’s corner was turned in by Eastham from inside the six yard box with Rochdale failing to clear. It was Eastham’s second goal of the season, and one against his former side. It was the third consecutive game in which the Cod Army have taken the lead.

The hosts continued to pressure their opponents and were looking lively when O’Neill struck an effort just wide a few moments after the restart.

Town looked good for their lead but Rochdale were still having a go. Good defending from Amari’i Bell prevented Ian Henderson from threatening, before M.J Williams fired wide on the half volley.

At the other end, Dempsey’s free kick was well caught by Lillis after a Bolger header, which concluded a fine half of football for the Cod Army.

Rochdale began the second half well and were level just three minutes after the break. After Town failed to clear their lines, the ball eventually fell to Bradden Inman on the edge of the area whose deflected effort found a way past Cairns.

With Rochdale level, they found themselves on the front foot, and in a five minute spell found themselves ahead. After breaking on the left, Rochdale’s Joe Bunney crossed for striker Ian Henderson, whose diving header sailed into the back of the net.

It was a disappointing start to the second half, but with over half an hour of the game remaining, Fleetwood were by no means out of it.

Rosler introduced Burns and Ashley Hunter into the fray and Town felt they should have had a penalty shortly after their arrivals, as the latter was bundled over in the area, but the referee waved away remonstrations.

Burns’ appearance was to be cut short when the referee showed him a red card for a challenge on Bunney near the touchline. It was a 50-50 challenge and extremely harsh on the striker.

All this did was fire Town into life, who were desperate for an equalising goal. Hunter had looked lively since his arrival to the field and was causing problems for Rochdale in the final third.

With ten minutes left to find a goal, McAleny made his return to the side, taking the place of Captain Nathan Pond.

Having been kept at bay in the second half, Town eventually did find that goal. After smart work down the right hand side by Hunter, he played the perfect cross into the six yard box and it was bundled in by Cole to restore parity.

Fleetwood were hungry for a winner and the home crowd were soon vocally behind their boys as the match closed in on 90 minutes. Rochdale had produced little since their second goal, but Cairns was forced into a low save from Jordan Williams.

Hunter and McAleny both tried late on to win it for the hosts, but Town had to settle for a draw in this one.

Fleetwood XI: Cairns (GK), Coyle, Bell, O’Neill, Eastham, Pond © (McAleny), Hiwula (Burns), Dempsey, Grant (Hunter), Bolger, Cole.

Subs not used: Neal (GK), Glendon, Schwabl, Cargill.

Rochdale XI: Lillis (GK), McNulty, McGahey, Andrew, Camps, MJ Williams, Done (J Williams), Inman, Daniels (Rafferty), Bunney, Henderson ©.

Subs not used: Moore (GK), Nthle, Slew, Rathbone, Davies.

Referee: J Brooks

Attendance: 3260 (628 away)

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Buy online now and secure your seats for Rochdale

10 October 2017

Secure your seat for Saturday's Sky Bet League One match with Rochdale by buying your ticket online.

Uwe Rosler's side welcome Dale to Highbury on Saturday 14th October 2017 (3pm), looking to build on last week's victory over Plymouth. 

Match tickets are on sale and can be purchased online HERE.

A full list of match ticket prices can be found HERE.

For any further ticketing enquires contact the ticket office on 01253 775080, or visit the club shop at Highbury Stadium.

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