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Preview | Dale v Wigan Athletic

9 April 2018

Rochdale v Wigan Athletic | Tuesday 10th April, Sky Bet League One, Crown Oil Arena, 7.45pm Kick-Off

Rochdale are back at the Crown Oil Arena against on Tuesday night, as promotion chasing Wigan Athletic are the visitors in Sky Bet League One.

Dale were unfortunate not to take all three points against Portsmouth on Saturday, but the draw means Keith Hill’s men are still within a point of safety.

Wigan’s 5-1 victory over MK Dons saw them leapfrog Shrewsbury Town into second place, and they are now just two points off leaders Blackburn Rovers with a game in hand.

The sides met six weeks ago at the DW Stadium, when an early Michael Jacobs goal for the hosts proved to be the difference.

 

ADMISSION INFORMATION

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

Supporters wishing to sit in the Main Stand must purchase a ticket from the RAFC Ticket Office before going to the turnstiles. All other areas can be accessed by paying cash through the turnstiles.

 

REF WATCH

Referee: David Webb

Assistant Referees: David Plowright & Oliver Bickle

Fourth Official: Mark Heywood

 

HEAD TO HEAD

Dale Draws Wigan
5 3 13

 

MATCH ODDS

Sky Bet are offering odds of 29/10 for a Rochdale win over Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night.

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PRE-MATCH

The Ratcliffe Bars, situated on the Crown Oil Arena car park, is open to both home and away supporters from 5pm.

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FIRST TIME VISITOR

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

 

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Harrison McGahey is the cover star of Saturday’s official matchday programme, The Voice Of Spotland.

TVOS will be on sale in the Club Shop and around the ground on matchday, priced at £3.

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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 | Rochdale 1-4 Wigan Athletic

10 April 2018

Rochdale fell to a 4-1 defeat at home to league leaders Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night.

A first half goal from Dan Burn put the Tics a goal up, before James Vaughan, Michael Jacobs and Will Grigg netted during an eight-minute spell in the second half. Steven Davies reduced the deficit from the penalty spot late in the game.

The visitors opened the scoring in the 17th minute, when Dan Burn found the net from a corner ball.

The set-piece was sent deep into the area and won by Chey Dunkley, who headed back across goal, for the towering defender to nod home from close range.

Earlier in the game before the goal, Wigan rightly had a penalty turned down, when Max Power, who under pressure, took a clean-air swipe at the ball and went to ground. And in the first effort of the half, Josh Lillis well-held a stooping header from Burn, who’d got on the end of a Power free-kick. 

Rochdale responded superbly well to going behind and took the game to the opposition. And they came within inches of an equaliser just two minutes after the Wigan goal, when Calvin Andrew headed narrowly wide of the target.

A Dale substitution followed immediately after, with Steven Davies replacing Stephen Humphrys.

Rochdale were in the ascendancy when Done got on the end of a Bradden Inman corner and headed just wide.

But Wigan have scored an impressive 81 goals this season, so there was no denying their attacking threat, and they came close to doubling their advantage on two occasions in the 24th minute. Harrison McGahey firstly threw himself in the way of a powerful Michael Jacobs shot, before Powell saw his follow up effort come crashing off the inside of the post.

Dale were also denied by the woodwork, with Rafferty’s glancing header at the near post from a corner kept out by the bar, a short time later.

Rochdale looked the most likely to grab an equaliser, as they continued cause problems for the league leaders. Camps struck just wide, before Done capitalised on a short back pass and stole in on goal, but after as he tried to round Christian Walton, the Latics ‘keeper got down to smother.

Before the half was out, Lillis pulled off an excellent save to tip a speculative Nathan Byrne effort over the bar.

HT | ROCHDALE 0-1 WIGAN ATHLETIC  

Wigan doubled their advantage ten minutes into the second half, when substitute James Vaughan, who’d replaced Nick Powell during stoppage time in the first half, was sent through one-on-one with Lillis and finished beyond the Dale goalkeeper.

After the goal, Manager Keith Hill made a double change, with Ryan Delaney and Alex Dobre replacing Jim McNulty and Ollie Rathbone, respectively.

But it was the visitors went on to score another two in quick succession, two minutes apart.

Byrne picked out Jacobs, who made it three with a powerful strike from the edge of the area, before Will Grigg added a fourth. Gavin Massey had an initial shot saved by Lillis and the in form Grigg nipped in to finish from close range.

In between the goals, Rochdale did have an opportunity to pull one back when Inman got to the byline and delivered a dangerous low ball to the back post, but Davies, who came sliding in, couldn’t make a connection.

Dale got a deserved goal late in the game, though, when Davies converted from the penalty spot, after Andrew had been tripped inside the area. The striker left Walton with no chance, as he fired into the roof of the net.

Before the game was out, Dobre found space with some quick feet and sent a strike wide of the target from distance, while Inman saw the side netting ripple as he flashed an effort within inches of the target in the last opportunity of the game.

FT | ROCHDALE 1-4 WIGAN ATHLETIC

 

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