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29 December 2017 Venue The Keepmoat Stadium Attendance

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Preview: Doncaster Rovers v Dale

28 December 2017

Doncaster Rovers v Rochdale: Sky Bet League One, Friday 29th December, 7.45pm Kick-Off

Dale’s final fixture of 2017 sees them travel across the Pennines to face Doncaster Rovers in Sky Bet League One.

The reverse fixture between the sides was a memorable one, after two goals in stoppage time saw Dale snatch a 2-1 victory from the jaws of defeat.

Rovers are looking for their third consecutive win, having beaten Northampton Town and Bristol Rovers in their previous two games.



Manager Keith Hill has told iFollow that he is looking build on Boxing Day’s performance against Blackburn Rovers.

Click HERE to read what the Gaffer had to say ahead of the game.



Prices for Friday night’s fixture at the Keepmoat Stadium have been vastly reduced, with adult tickets just £10.

Supporters who didn’t purchase a ticket in advance can still pay on the night. Should you wish to buy on the day, please visit the Rovers Academy Reception, which is located next to the away turnstiles to buy a ticket.

Click HERE for admission prices. 


Parking at the stadium is available at the cost of £5 per car. It is operated on a first come, first served basis.

Use DN4 5JW on your Sat Nav to get to the Keepmoat Stadium. 



Referee: Ross Joyce

Assistant Referees: Matthew Jones & Alix Pashley

Fourth Official: Peter Wright



Rochdale are at 12/5 with Sky Bet to take all three points at Doncaster on Friday.

Click HERE for match odds.



Dale were 2-0 winners on their last visit to the Keepmoat Stadium, back in November 2015, thanks to a brace from Ian Henderson.

Click HERE for a full flashback of the victory, including highlights and photos. 



Fans in the UK can listen to match audio commentary on iFollow. The programme will start at 7.40pm.

The match is also available to watch live for supporters overseas.

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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 ( 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, and will go behind-the-scenes with our Instagram Story feature. Follow @officiallydale (Twitter and Instagram).

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Match Reports

Report: Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Dale

29 December 2017

Dale were defeated 2-0 by Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, as 16-year-old Daniel Adshead made his EFL debut.

Ben Whiteman’s superb strike gave the hosts the lead four minutes in, before Alfie May’s deflected strike doubled their lead going into the break.

Dale created a number of chances in the second half, but were denied on a number of occasions by Rovers’ stopper Ian Lawlor, who ensured his side claimed all three points.

Keith Hill made one change from the Boxing Day encounter at Blackburn Rovers, as Andy Cannon replaced Jordan Williams.

Dale got off to the worst possible start when Rovers broke the deadlock after just four minutes, thanks to a stunning strike.

A bouncing ball on the edge of the area fell to Whiteman, and he unleashed a superb left-foot half-volley which arrowed into Josh Lillis’ top left corner.

The Dale stopper had to be alert two minutes later to deny Niall Mason’s effort, which he held on to after the ball had broke to the Rovers full-back.

Andy Butler saw a back-post header nodded off the line by Camps, before the ball was eventually sent back in to James Coppinger, whose low effort across goal drifted past the far post.

Matty Done, who moved to left-back, had Dale’s first effort of the game when he found by Joe Bunney on the left of the area, but his effort from a tight angle was turned behind by Lawlor in the Rovers goal.

Dale’s best chance of the opening period fell to Cannon in the 26th minute. Keith Keane found Ian Henderson on the right inside the full-back, who crossed with the outside of his foot.

Cannon came in at the back-post, but from close range could only turn the ball over the crossbar.

Dale would be made to rue the missed chance just a minute later, when Doncaster doubled their lead.

May picked up the ball on the right corner of the Dale box, and his shot took a big deflection off Ntlhe, deceiving Lillis and looping in at the near post.

Hill responded with an attacking substitution, bringing on striker Calvin Andrew in place of Keane who had been sat in front of the back four.

Done sent a back-post header over from McGahey’s right-wing cross, and Cannon’s acrobatic effort was on target but lacked power as Dale searched to half the deficit.

The visitors started the second-half brightly, and Rovers stopper Lawlor ensured his side maintained their two-goal cushion on a number of occasions.

Firstly, he palmed away Henderson’s well struck volley from outside the area, but only as far as Cannon who turned the ball back across goal to Andrew, whose touch goalwards was held by the goalkeeper.

He then denied Cannon after the Dale man had been found by Henderson on the right side of the area, turned his low effort behind for a corner.

Done then found Bunney with a cushioned ball over the top of the defence, but the striker’s effort flashed wide as Lawlor came racing out of his goal to block.

That would be Bunney’s last act, as he was then replaced by Steven Davies shortly after the hour mark.

A well worked free-kick saw a short ball played to Cannon on the right edge of the area, who crossed towards the back-post.

Lawlor clawed the ball away from under his crossbar, before it was sent back across goal where Henderson couldn’t quite make contact with the ball to send it goalwards.

Ollie Rathbone saw an effort from outside the area held by Lawlor, shortly before 16-year-old Adshead made his EFL debut, replacing Davies.

Cannon and Andrew saw efforts fly wide as Dale pushed on until the end, but they couldn’t find the goal that would set-up a tense finale.

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