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Preview: Fleetwood Town v Rochdale

16 August 2018

Joey Barton and his side host Rochdale this Saturday at Highbury Stadium and here is your preview for the match against the Dale.

Fleetwood welcome Rochdale to Highbury Stadium this weekend after two back to back wins against Oxford United in the league, and Crewe Alexandra in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

Town picked up their first win of the season last weekend against Karl Robinson’s Oxford and are looking to keep momentum going by picking up more points at home in front of the Cod Army. And after losing the first match at home, the team are more than ready to put the record straight.

Joey Barton spoke to the media on Thursday morning at Poolfoot Farm and knows that Rochdale will be tough opposition, and wants the fans to make Highbury a fortress for all visitors to the ground.

Joey Barton said…

“It will be another really tough game because Rochdale are a good side, and they have had a decent start to the campaign by beating Burton away from home.

“They play with a back three, sometimes a back five at times and that might mean Saturday will be an occasion where we have to be patient and stick to our processes to try and win a football match.

“Keith Hill’s side will come to Highbury and make it difficult for us and he is a manager who is a wily old fox who knows what he is doing.

“We need to make Highbury a tough place to come for teams, and for us that starts again this Saturday”

The Form Guide…

After picking up their first points against Oxford United at the weekend in the 2-0 victory, Joey Barton and his side are looking to make it back to back wins in Sky Bet League One with a win over Rochdale.

With history made on Tuesday night at Crewe Alexandra in the Carabao Cup, momentum is key for Town’s Head Coach, and believes there’s still a lot to come from his side with 44 games remaining in the league.

Rochdale started off their 2018/19 league campaign with a 2-1 victory away at Burton Albion. Two goals from Brad Inman were enough to cancel out Liam Boyce’s second half goal for the home side to give them the perfect start.

Defeat against Peterborough United came seven days later and the Posh picked up all three points in their 4-1 win at Spotland. Ian Henderson opened the scoring last weekend, however goals from Jason Cummings, Mark O’Hara and Matt Godden gave Peterborough the win.

2018/19 Sky Bet League Form:

Fleetwood Town: L W

Rochdale: W L

We’ve Met Before

The two sides have met 13 times in the Football League, with their first meeting being plated in the Johnstone Paint Trophy competition. Their first in the league was back in October 2012 and saw both take a point in a goalless game at Spotland.

Town’s first win against the side from Greater Manchester came in December 2013 at Rochdale, and it was Antoni Sarcevic’s penalty that opening the scoring before Scott Hogan levelled five minutes before the half-time break. Mark Roberts got Town’s second of the game giving the red and whites the win.

There have been six draws in the 13 meetings, with Fleetwood winning four, and Rochdale winning three.

One to Watch

Rochdale’s one to watch is creative midfielder Brad Inman. The Australian scored two goals on the opening day of the season against Burton and got himself into the EFL Team of the Week after his performance.

The 26-year old started off his career at Newcastle United, and whilst being named on the first team bench on two occasions, he failed to make a single appearance for the Magpies. He was loaned out to Crewe before signing for the Railway men on a permanent contract.

After three years at Gresty Road Inman moved to Peterborough United, and last season was loaned out to Rochdale where he made an instant impress with the club and their fans. On 4th July 2018, he signed a one-year deal after being released from the Posh.

Even though Brad Inman was born in Adelaide, the midfielder hasn’t represented his nation, however he has played for Scotland at U19s and U21 level.

Betting Preview

Joey Barton’s side are priced at 7/5 to pick up all three points this Saturday against Rochdale.

Keith Hill’s side are priced at 19/10 to win, with a draw at 23/10.

For Fleetwood to win and for both teams to score at Highbury, you can get boosted odds of 5/1.

In this fixture last season it finished 2-2 and for a repeat of that score-line, the odds are at 14/1.

You can find more odds for the match on SkyBet. Please bet and gamble responsibly.

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Match Reports

Report: Late goal denies Town deserved three points against Rochdale

Madden and Evans goals not enough for first home win of campaign

18 August 2018

Fleetwood Town were held to a 2-2 draw against Rochdale on Saturday, with Ian Henderson scoring a 96th minute equaliser for the visitors.

Forward Paddy Madden opened the scoring for Town in the first half, before Henderson replied for Rochdale shortly after half time, converting a penalty having been brought down in the box by Cod Army captain Craig Morgan. 

 

Ched Evans then regained Town’s lead after great work from Ashley Hunter, his second goal in as many games, converting from close range. 

 

However it was to be Henderson who had the final say, firing home from close range deep into added time.

 

Barton made seven changes to the side that achieved an historic win over Crewe Alexandra in the Carabao Cup in midweek. Jason Holt, who scored the equaliser in that victory, came into the starting 11, alongside Ashley Eastham, Craig Morgan, Kyle Dempsey, Hunter and Evans. 

 

After a brilliant away victory at Oxford United in their last League One outing, Town were looking to pick up their first home win of the Barton era after disappointment in the opening game against AFC Wimbledon. 

 

Rochdale threatened in the early stages of the match as Joe Rafferty burst forward after some clever play on the right hand side. He skipped past his marker and delivered a dangerous ball into the box, but it evaded everyone in the box. 

 

Fleetwood then pressed forward with some good work from Dempsey and Hunter down the left. Dempsey delivered a curling cross into the box, which was almost converted by Evans, but his shot was well blocked. 

 

Rochdale continued to apply the pressure in the wide areas, as Kgosi Nthle, who was playing left wing-back in a 3-4-3 formation, crossed into the box, but Town cleared the ball away for a corner. 

 

Rochdale would have taken the lead from the resulting corner if it were not for more heroics from Cairns, keeping out Oliver Rathbone with a fine stop. Rathbone unleashed a powerful effort from 25 yards, but Cairns got a strong hand to it to stop it finding the top corner.  

 

With 27 minutes gone, Fleetwood took the lead. Hunter worked the ball brilliantly on the right hand side and delivered into the box, and it was Madden who was on hand to guide it past Josh Lillis and into the far corner. 

 

Rochdale nearly replied instantly as Wilbraham cut in from the right and chipped a ball into the far post, but Nthle couldn't guide his header goalwards. 

 

Hunter was arguably Fleetwood’s biggest threat in the first half, operating well on the left with Lewie Coyle, who also put in a wonderful first-half performance. 

 

Town then broke on the counter attack as Dempsey intercepted the ball and played it in to Evans. He cut in on his favoured right foot, but his strike from the edge of the box went just wide, before the referee blew for half-time. 

 

In the 48th minute, Henderson broke into Town box and was brought down by Morgan. From the resulting penalty, Henderson stepped up and smashed the ball into the net, sending Cairns the wrong way.

 

As Town looked to regain their advantage, Hunter was again dangerous, taking on three defenders before being fouled just outside the 18-yard box. The resulting free kick was chipped in to the far post, but failed to find a Red shirt. 

 

In the 57th minute, Fleetwood’s pressure paid off and they regained their lead. Hunter picked the ball up on the left, before nutmegging his marker, and his resulting effort was well saved by Lillis, but Evans was on hand to score the rebound. 

 

The Cod Army almost found a third goal in the 71st minute after brilliant work from substitute Wes Burns. Having come on for Evans, Burns skipped past two defenders and smashed a low effort across Lillis’ goal, going inches wide of the far post. 

 

After Nthle was dispossessed, Town broke quick on the counter attack as Madden and Burns linked up well. Burns then played it through to Hunter, who layed it on for Coyle on the right, but his effort went straight at Lillis. 

 

Burns almost sealed it for Town in the 87th minute when he was played clean through on goal, but Lillis rushed out of his area to clear the ball away from danger. The Rochdale stopper looked to have handballed it in the process, but referee Mr Whitestone waved play on to the dismay of the home crowd. 

 

In the last minute, Rochdale found their equaliser through their talisman Henderson. Town failed to clear the corner, and when the ball was lofted back in to the back post, Henderson controlled instantly and smashed the ball into the roof of the net, leaving Cairns with no chance. 

 

As the referee blew for full-time, Fleetwood were left disappointed to have not gone away with the three points. Despite a solid display from the home side, they'll have to wait at least another week to pick up their first home win of the season. 

 

Town XI: Cairns (GK), Coyle, Morgan ©, Eastham, G. Jones, Holt (Bolger 72’), Dempsey, Marney, Hunter (McAleny 83’), Madden, Evans (Burns 61’). 

 

Subs not used: P. Jones (GK), Long, Sheron, Grant. 

 

Rochdale: Lillis (GK), Rafferty (Done 51’), Nthle, McNulty, Delaney, McGahey, Rathbone (Andrew 67’), Perkins, Wilbraham, Inman (Camps 42’), Henderson ©. 

 

Subs not used: Norman (GK), Williams, Adshead, Cannon.

Fleetwood Town were held to a 2-2 draw against Rochdale on Saturday, with Ian Henderson scoring a 96th minute equaliser for the visitors.

 

Forward Paddy Madden opened the scoring for Town in the first half, before Henderson replied for Rochdale shortly after half time, converting a penalty having been brought down in the box by Cod Army captain Craig Morgan.

 

Ched Evans then regained Town’s lead after great work from Ashley Hunter, his second goal in as many games, converting from close range.

 

However it was to be Henderson who had the final say, firing home from close range deep into added time.

 

Barton made seven changes to the side that achieved an historic win over Crewe Alexandra in the Carabao Cup in midweek. Jason Holt, who scored the equaliser in that victory, came into the starting 11, alongside Ashley Eastham, Craig Morgan, Kyle Dempsey, Hunter and Evans.

 

After a brilliant away victory at Oxford United in their last League One outing, Town were looking to pick up their first home win of the Barton era after disappointment in the opening game against AFC Wimbledon.

 

Rochdale threatened in the early stages of the match as Joe Rafferty burst forward after some clever play on the right hand side. He skipped past his marker and delivered a dangerous ball into the box, but it evaded everyone in the box.

 

Fleetwood then pressed forward with some good work from Dempsey and Hunter down the left. Dempsey delivered a curling cross into the box, which was almost converted by Evans, but his shot was well blocked.

 

Rochdale continued to apply the pressure in the wide areas, as Kgosi Nthle, who was playing left wing-back in a 3-4-3 formation, crossed into the box, but Town cleared the ball away for a corner.

 

Rochdale would have taken the lead from the resulting corner if it were not for more heroics from Cairns, keeping out Oliver Rathbone with a fine stop. Rathbone unleashed a powerful effort from 25 yards, but Cairns got a strong hand to it to stop it finding the top corner.  

 

With 27 minutes gone, Fleetwood took the lead. Hunter worked the ball brilliantly on the right hand side and delivered into the box, and it was Madden who was on hand to guide it past Josh Lillis and into the far corner.

 

Rochdale nearly replied instantly as Wilbraham cut in from the right and chipped a ball into the far post, but Nthle couldn't guide his header goalwards.

 

Hunter was arguably Fleetwood’s biggest threat in the first half, operating well on the left with Lewie Coyle, who also put in a wonderful first-half performance.

 

Town then broke on the counter attack as Dempsey intercepted the ball and played it in to Evans. He cut in on his favoured right foot, but his strike from the edge of the box went just wide, before the referee blew for half-time.

 

In the 48th minute, Henderson broke into Town box and was brought down by Morgan. From the resulting penalty, Henderson stepped up and smashed the ball into the net, sending Cairns the wrong way.

 

As Town looked to regain their advantage, Hunter was again dangerous, taking on three defenders before being fouled just outside the 18-yard box. The resulting free kick was chipped in to the far post, but failed to find a Red shirt.

 

In the 57th minute, Fleetwood’s pressure paid off and they regained their lead. Hunter picked the ball up on the left, before nutmegging his marker, and his resulting effort was well saved by Lillis, but Evans was on hand to score the rebound.

 

The Cod Army almost found a third goal in the 71st minute after brilliant work from substitute Wes Burns. Having come on for Evans, Burns skipped past two defenders and smashed a low effort across Lillis’ goal, going inches wide of the far post.

 

After Nthle was dispossessed, Town broke quick on the counter attack as Madden and Burns linked up well. Burns then played it through to Hunter, who layed it on for Coyle on the right, but his effort went straight at Lillis.

 

Burns almost sealed it for Town in the 87th minute when he was played clean through on goal, but Lillis rushed out of his area to clear the ball away from danger. The Rochdale stopper looked to have handballed it in the process, but referee Mr Whitestone waved play on to the dismay of the home crowd.

 

In the last minute, Rochdale found their equaliser through their talisman Henderson. Town failed to clear the corner, and when the ball was lofted back in to the back post, Henderson controlled instantly and smashed the ball into the roof of the net, leaving Cairns with no chance.

 

As the referee blew for full-time, Fleetwood were left disappointed to have not gone away with the three points. Despite a solid display from the home side, they'll have to wait at least another week to pick up their first home win of the season.

 

Town XI: Cairns (GK), Coyle, Morgan ©, Eastham, G. Jones, Holt (Bolger 72’), Dempsey, Marney, Hunter (McAleny 83’), Madden, Evans (Burns 61’).

 

Subs not used: P. Jones (GK), Long, Sheron, Grant.

 

Rochdale: Lillis (GK), Rafferty (Done 51’), Nthle, McNulty, Delaney, McGahey, Rathbone (Andrew 67’), Perkins, Wilbraham, Inman (Camps 42’), Henderson ©.

 

Subs not used: Norman (GK), Williams, Adshead, Cannon.

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Ticket News

Tickets available at Poolfoot Farm for Rochdale next Saturday

Supporters can purchase tickets for the Rochdale game at the club's training ground, Poolfoot Farm.

8 August 2018

Fleetwood Town fans can now purchase tickets from the club’s training ground Poolfoot Farm ahead of the match against Rochdale on Saturday 18th August.

Tickets for the upcoming home match against Keith Hill’s side are now on sale at the front desk at the complex in Thornton. This is an additional way for supporters to buy their tickets for the game at Highbury Stadium.

The two sides played out a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture with Ashley Eastham and Devante Cole scoring for the Cod Army. Bradden Inman and Ian Henderson bagged second half goals to give the Greater Manchester side a share of the points back in October 2017.

Below are the ticket prices for all age ranges including seating and standing:

Seating

£24 – Adults

£19 – Senior & Under 25s

£8 – Under 16s

Standing

£22 – Adults

£17 – Senior & Under 25s

£7 – Under 16s

Make sure you pick up your matchday ticket before Town’s next home match. We look forward to seeing you at Highbury next Saturday.

Tickets are available to buy for the match from the ticket office at Highbury Stadium, over the phone by calling 01253 775080 or online here.

The best way to support the team is by purchasing an Onward Card. Enjoy massive savings compared to matchday ticket prices, as well as enjoying exclusive benefits.

BUY YOUR ONWARD CARD ONLINE HERE.

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