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Preview | Dale v Bradford City

20 April 2018

Rochdale v Bradford City | Saturday 21st April, Sky Bet League One, Crown Oil Arena, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale are back at the Crown Oil Arena this Saturday for the second of three home games in a week.

Bradford City are the visitors, as Keith Hill’s men enter the final four games of the season.

Tuesday night’s draw with Oldham Athletic keeps Dale a point from safety, but with Latics playing AFC Wimbledon this weekend, a win would over the Bantams would guarantee Dale move out of the relegation zone.

Simon Grayson’s side recorded an impressive 3-1 win over Portsmouth midweek, and currently sit 10th in Sky Bet League One, seven points outside the play-off positions.


ADMISSION INFORMATION

This match is not ALL TICKET. Fans can pay on the night.

Supporters can pay cash through the turnstiles for the Pearl Street Stand, the Sandy Lane and the away end. Supporters wishing to sit in the Main Stand must purchase a ticket from the RAFC Ticket Office before going to the turnstiles.

Normal league prices apply for the fixture. They can be found HERE.

 

REF WATCH

Referee: Ollie Yates

Assistant Referees: Mark Cunliffe & Abbas Khan

Fourth Official: Duncan Street

 

HEAD TO HEAD

Dale Draws Bradford
26 20 46

 

MATCH ODDS

Rochdale are odds on favourites (3/4) with Sky Bet to take all three points against Bradford City on Saturday.

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PRE-MATCH

Bring the kids along early to Saturday's match against Bradford City at the Crown Oil Arena and visit our bird feeder workshop! Click HERE for full details.

The Ratcliffe Bars, situated on the Crown Oil Arena car park, are open to both home and away supporters from midday. Full details can be found HERE.

 

FIRST TIME VISITOR

Coming to the Crown Oil Arena for the first time? View our first-time visitor guide HERE.

 

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Fans in the UK can listen to match audio commentary on iFollow, whilst overseas supporters can WATCH the match LIVE. The programme will start at 2.55pm.

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To access commentary/watch live via your desktop, go through our match centre. The match centre will be located on the home page of the main website (www.rochdaleafc.co.uk). Once you’ve clicked through, a link will appear on the left-hand side of the page for you to access the commentary. This will appear on the site around half an hour before kick-off.

We will be tweeting live updates from the match. Follow @officiallydale (Twitter and Instagram).

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Report | Dale 1-1 Bradford City

21 April 2018

Rochdale were denied all three points after a 90th minute Bradford City equaliser in a 1-1 draw at the Crown Oil Arena.

Matty Done gave Dale a deserved lead four minutes before the interval, and it looked to be enough to secure the win.

However, Charlie Wyke equalised in the final minute of normal time, turning home after Josh Lillis spilt a high cross into the area.

Keith Hill named an unchanged starting eleven from the midweek game against Oldham Athletic, and it was an even opening 20 minutes before Dale began to create the better of the chances.

Joe Thompson latched onto a Calvin Andrew flick on, poking straight at Colin Doyle in the Bradford goal, before Andrew pressured Nathaniel Knight-Percival into a mistake, cutting the ball back to Ollie Rathbone who was just beaten to it by Romain Vincelot.

The visitors’ best effort of the half came when Matthew Kilgallon headed over a Tony McMahon cross, whilst former Dale man Matty Lund had an effort comfortably held by Josh Lillis, and another effort deflected wide by his own man Charlie Wyke.

Vincelot almost turned into his goal just before the half hour mark, when Rafferty’s low ball was turned goalwards by the Bradford skipper, but held by Doyle.

Joe Thompson’s excellent ball through to Done allowed him a shot at goal which was blocked, before Callum Camps also saw an effort well blocked.

Four minutes before the break, Done did find the back of the net with a superb strike. Thompson picked out Inman at the far post with a great ball from the right side, which was set back to Done.

He took a touch out of his feet, before lashing into the far corner past the helpless Doyle to give Dale the lead.

It was almost two before the break, when Inman chased down a flick through and sent the ball goalwards from an extremely tight angle, striking the near post before being cleared from the goalmouth.

Kgosi Ntlhe replaced Rathbone six minutes after the break with Dale’s first change, shortly before Wyke turned a Lund cross over for the visitors.

Thompson saw a shot blocked, before Bradford substitute Nicky Law sent a low effort just wide of the far post.

Wyke had a looping header caught by Lillis, before Timothee Dieng nodded a McMahon cross well wide.

Andrew latched onto a ball over the top with little over ten minutes remaining, but he scuffed his effort into the arms of Doyle.

Dale looked to be holding on for all three points, but the visitors equalised in the 90th minute.

A cross into the area looked routine for Lillis, but he spilt it straight into the path of Wyke, who had the simple task of turning home.

There was one final chance for Dale to snatch the three points when substitute Stephen Humphrys’ mazy run allowed him to get a shot away at goal, which flew just wide of the far post.

The result means Dale remain in the relegation zone, a point from safety, with three games remaining.

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