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Preview: Stoke City v Rochdale

22 August 2017

Stoke City v Rochdale: Carabao Cup Round Two, Wednesday 23rd August 2017 – Kick-Off 8pm

Rochdale are back on the road on Wednesday night with a trip to Stoke City’s bet365 Stadium.

Dale booked their place in the second round of the Carabao Cup after seeing off Mansfield Town in the last round, while the Potters enter the competition at this stage.

Stoke City clinched their first three points of the season on Saturday, beating Arsenal 1-0 at home thanks to a debut goal from Jese Rodriguez, who’d signed from Paris St-Germain a few days earlier.

The Potters say they’re looking to take the competition very seriously and will field a strong side for the tie. Xherdan Shaqiri has been ruled out with a slight strain, however.



Should the game go to extra-time and then penalties, fans could see two new rules in operation.

If extra-time is needed, then both managers will have the option of making a fourth substitution.

Meanwhile, if the match can’t be settled in extra-time and it goes to penalties, then the new ABBA system will be used.



Referee: Scott Duncan
Assistant Referees: Phillip Dermott & Daniel Robathan
Fourth Official: Darren Handley


Click HERE for a reminder of the ticket details. There will be a cash turnstile in operation on the night. Turnstile 55 of the Sharp Stand will be available for Dale fans. Turnstiles open 90 minutes before kick-off. 



Did you know, Dale provided the opposition for the very first competitive match at the Britannia Stadium, or the bet365 Stadium as it’s now known. Read more here >



This is the address, should you choose to drive to the match: Stoke City Football Club, bet365 Stadium, Stanley Matthews Way, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 4EG

For a full run down of information. Follow this link >



Supporters have access to the club's South and Trent car parks on Stanley Matthews Way, with limited spaces sold on a strictly first come first served basis.

Car parks will be open from 4pm. The cost is £5.

Access to the car parks is available from both the A50 and the junction for Stanley Matthews Way on Trentham Road (A5035).


Dale are 7/1 to beat the Premier League side.

Click HERE for full match odds.



Due to the broadcasting restrictions that are in place for this competition, it is AUDIO COMMENTARY ONLY for Wednesday night’s match. That also applies to overseas fans.

The programme will start around 7.55pm. Click through into the match centre via the match centre tab located on the home page of on a matchday. The clickable link inside the match centre will appear half an hour before kick-off.

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We will also be tweeting live updates from the match. Go behind-the-scenes by following the club's Instagram (@officiallydale) and checking out our Insta story.

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Match Reports

Stoke City 4-0 Rochdale: Match Report

23 August 2017

Rochdale exited the Carabao Cup at the second-round stage after defeat at Premier League Stoke City.

The home side scored three times in the first half to all but seal their progress, with two goals from Joe Allen and one from Peter Crouch.

Dale rallied after the break but Ramadan’s goal ten minutes from time completed the scoring for The Potters.

There were four changes to the side from Saturday, as Matty Done, Keith Keane, Andy Cannon and Mark Kitching all came into the side.

Stoke’s side was packed full of Premier League and Champions League experience, and it was former Barcelona man Bojan who tested Brendan Moore first with a shot from range.

Moore stuck out a strong hand to deny Josh Tymon from the edge of the area after he had broken through the middle, but there was nothing he could do to deny the opener.

Erik Pieters cross from the right side was met by the head of Allen six yards out, whose effort deflected off Harrison McGahey into the back of the net.

Ramadan fired a first-time strike just wide after Crouch’s knock down from the edge of the area, whilst Done had Dale’s first effort on target when he headed goalwards after a clearance had looped skywards, but Lee Grant collected.

Allen turned provider for Stoke’s second just before the half hour mark, when he squared the ball from the right side of the area to Crouch, who had a simple tap-in from the edge of the six-yard box.

The Potters added a third before the break, when Pieters supplied Allen again, this time with a square ball across the ground which Allen converted for his second.

Steven Davies replaced Keane at the break, and a clearance from a Done cross by Bruno Martins-Indi hit the striker before flashing narrowly wide just moments after the restart.

Bradden Inman was replaced by Jordan Williams eight minutes into the second half with Dale’s second change, shortly before first substitute Davies forced Grant into a save low to his left with an effort from the corner of the area.

Martins-Indi created himself a good chance for Stoke’s fourth when he broke into a Dale area after a powerful surge forward, but put his effort just wide of Moore’s left post.

Charlie Adam’s superb pass forward found the run of Tymon, who saw Moore off his line and opted to chip, with his effort striking the top of the crossbar.

Pieters and Ramadan both fired over, before Bojan struck an effort just wide of the far post from a tight angle.

Cannon showed quick feet to get past a couple of Stoke defenders on the edge of the area before firing goalwards, which Grant had to collect at the second attempt, before Adam struck a sweet volley from distance which was straight down the throat of Moore.

Stoke’s fourth came ten minutes from time, when Ramadan showed great pace to get away down the right side, before he rounded Moore and slotted in from a tight angle.

Done was replaced by first-year professional Matty Gillam immediately after the goal, and he almost provided an assist for Davies, who fired just wide from the edge of the area after being played in by the youngster.

Cannon struck a half volley over, before a late effort from Ian Henderson tested Grant with the final act of the game as Dale finished strongly.

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