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Preview: Fleetwood Town v Rochdale

9 October 2018

Town come into this tie against Rochdale on the back of a memorable 4-0 away victory at Doncaster Rovers at the weekend, where four different goal scorers got themselves on the score sheet.

Ched Evans, James Wallace, Ash Eastham and Ash Hunter all found the back of the net at the Keepmoat Stadium, and with that result comes two home games on the bounce, with Rochdale their opponents on Tuesday.

Ash Eastham spoke after Saturday’s 4-0 win at Doncaster, and knows the importance of keeping momentum going in the club’s next two matches.

Vice-captain Ash Eastham said…

“Tuesday is important for us. We want to keep the momentum going and keep the feel good factor in the camp. We have two home games this week that we want to go and win.

“The changing room was pleased after the game because we knew we’ve been close to a win over the last few weeks, where we’ve let leads slip.

“We like to think that when we get ahead, we have the defensive spine of the team to look after the results, but against Doncaster we were fantastic throughout. We recover now, and look to the next match.

“There’s no individuals in this team, we’re all there for each other and we’re one unit which moves forward together.”

Rochdale manager Keith Hill said…

“I’ve put the challenge down to those younger players, and it’s up to them to rise to the challenge to take us as far in the competition as they possibly can.

“I’ve got a team in mind that will play and it’ll reflect a certain age and a certain energy to go to Fleetwood. There’ll be no fear, and it’s a great opportunity for the younger players to take up that challenge, led by one or two of the older players.

“Kgosi [Ntlhe] has got to take charge of looking after the young players like he did against Oldham Athletic, and we’ll go there with a similar sort of side to the Oldham and Bury games, with respect to the players availability, and there’s one or two players who need game time.”

Last five results in all competitions (from the left):

Fleetwood Town: W D L L D

Rochdale: D D L L W

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.

Both met in the league earlier in the season, with the game finishing 2-2 at Highbury Stadium. With Town leading 2-1 in injury time thanks to goals from Paddy Madden and Ched Evans, it was Ian Henderson’s late strike that shared the points.

One to Watch

Rochdale’s one to watch is striker Ian Henderson. As stated above, Henderson scored twice at Highbury in third round of fixtures in League One and has now got six goals to his name for the season.

The 33-year-old scored a hat-trick against Gillingham in their match in mid-September, and notched one in his side’s 4-1 defeat at home to Peterborough.

Henderson started off his career at Norwich back in 2001 and spent six years at the club, with a loan move to Rotherham United at the back end of the 2006/07 season. With a free transfer to Northampton, and Luton Town only years later, it was at Colchester where the Englishman found his form.

With 26 goals in 90 appearances, Rochdale signed the frontman on a free contract in July 2013, and both Henderson and Rochdale haven’t looked back.

Betting Preview

Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town go into Tuesday’s match favourites, with a win priced at 7/5.

Rochdale won their first match against Bury 2-1, and for them to pick up another three points is priced at 13/8. A draw – which means the game will go to penalties to see who earns the extra point, is currently at 21/10.

For Fleetwood to win 3-0 against Keith Hill’s side, the odds are 20/1, with another 4-0 victory at 40/1.

For more betting odds please visit SkyBet – Please bet and gamble responsibly.

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Match Reports

Report: Young Town side defeated at home by Rochdale

9 October 2018

A young Fleetwood Town side fell to a 2-0 defeat at home to Rochdale on Tuesday night in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Goals from Jordan Williams and Andrew Cannon either side of half-time saw Joey Barton’s side lose their second group stage match of the competition.

Barton started with Billy Crellin in goal, with Dan Mooney making his first start for the club in attack alongside Wes Burns and Chris Long.

After a quite opening 15 minutes, Rochdale took the lead. The visitors hit Town on the counter attack, with Williams firing past Crellin at his near post. Not the ideal start, with Keith Hill’s side scoring with their first clear cut chance.

Burns and Mooney almost combined for an equaliser just 60 seconds later, but the latter couldn’t turn home Wes’ near post cross.

Eddie Clarke was back in the team at left-back, and showed a glimpse of what he could do when he won a corner after a surging run at the Rochdale defence. After the corner was cleared, Burns forced Dale stopper Brendan Moore into a low save.

The real turning point in the match came in first half injury time. A loose pass from Moore in the Rochdale goal let in Long, whose shot was blocked off the line from Ntlhe. A big chance missed.

The game was sealed in the opening couple of minutes of the second half. Jason Holt played a stray pass inside his own penalty area, with Cannon latching onto the ball and beating Crellin to put the visitors two goals up.

Barton brought on Ged Garner and Ryan Rydel in the second half, with both youngsters holding their own under the Highbury lights.

It proved to be defeat in the end for the Cod Army, having now picked up one point from their opening two Checkatrade Trophy games.

Fleetwood XI: Crellin, Clarke, Holt, Burns, Dempsey, Long, G Jones, Morgan, Biggins, Sheron, Mooney.

Subs: P Jones, Eastham, Madden, Hunter, Garner, Rydel, Holgate.

Rochdale XI: Moore, Nthle, McGahey, Dooley, Williams, Done, Hart, Adshead, Cannon, Morley, Matheson.

Subs: Lillis, Rafferty, Williams, Rathbone, Clough, Hamzat, Yonsian.

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Ticket News

Tickets remain on sale for Tuesday's Checkatrade match against Rochdale

8 October 2018

Fleetwood Town supporters can still buy their tickets for Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy match with Rochdale, which adult tickets costing just £10.

After picking up all three points on Saturday in their 4-0 victory at Doncaster Rovers, Town are back at Highbury Stadium to take on fellow league one side, Rochdale.

The Cod Army faced Leicester City U21s in the first round of fixtures, with the Foxes picking up the extra point in the penalty shoot-out, with the score line finishing 2-2 in a dramatic ending to the game.

Tickets are on sale for the match, both online and in store at Highbury Stadium, with prices as follows:

Adults - £10

Senior - £5

Under 16s - £1

Under 5s - FREE 

Buy your tickets online here - please note, Onward Cards are not valid for this fixture.

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