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Match Preview: Fleetwood v Rochdale

13 October 2017

Match Previews

Match Preview: Fleetwood v Rochdale

13 October 2017

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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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