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Preview | Wigan Athletic v Dale

23 February 2018

Wigan Athletic v Rochdale: Sky Bet League One, Saturday 24th February, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale travel to the DW Stadium on Saturday, to take on promotion chasing Wigan Athletic in Sky Bet League One.

Latics caused a huge FA Cup upset of their own on Monday night, beating runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City 1-0 to advance to the quarter-finals.

They are currently third in the League One table, but are just three points off leaders Blackburn Rovers with three games in hand.

Dale’s goalless draw against MK Dons on Wednesday night moved Keith Hill’s side off the bottom of League One, ten points from safety but with four games in hand on 20th placed Fleetwood Town. Rochdale have now only lost one in their last six games in all competitions. 

 

PRE-MATCH INTERVIEW

Hill has told iFollow that he is pleased with the performance levels of his side in recent weeks.

Read his pre-match thoughts HERE, or subscribe to iFollow and watch his pre-match press conference HERE.

On-loan forward Stephen Humphrys says the squad’s minds are fully focused on Saturday’s game against Wigan.

Read more from the 20-year-old HERE, or watch on iFollow HERE.

 

ADMISSION INFORMATION

Supporters who did not purchase a ticket in advance can still pay on the day at the DW Stadium.

Click HERE for full details, including prices.

 

DW STADIUM

For a guide on how to get to the DW Stadium, and for details on parking, please visit Wigan Athletic’s website HERE.

 

REF WATCH

Referee: Ben Toner

Assistant Referees: Kevin Mulraine & Alf Greenwood

Fourth Official: Sebastian Stockbridge

 

BETTING PREVIEW

Dale are at odds of 13/2 with Sky Bet to claim victory at Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Click HERE for full match odds.

 

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD

Wigan Draws Dale
12 3 5

 

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Overseas supporters can also watch the match LIVE!

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

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Match Reports

Report | Wigan Athletic 1-0 Dale

24 February 2018

Rochdale were narrowly beaten by promotion chasing Wigan Athletic, going down 1-0 at the DW Stadium.

Michael Jacobs gave Latics the lead after 12 minutes, and despite Dale creating chances in a positive second-half display, it would be enough to secure all three points for the hosts.

Keith Hill made two changes to the starting eleven from midweek’s draw with MK Dons, as Scott Wiseman and Ollie Rathbone came in for Joe Rafferty, who missed out altogether, and Stephen Humphrys.

Dale started the opening ten minutes brightly, without finding a route to goal, and it was the home side who were the more clinical, breaking the deadlock in the 12th minute.

James Vaughan’s flick through to Jacobs was well-weighted, and the Wigan skipper fired low into the far corner to give his side the lead.

Callum Camps sent a long-range effort narrowly wide of the far post, whilst Vaughan headed over and Jamie Walker had an effort beaten away by Lillis as the hosts had the better of the opening period.

Ian Henderson had Dale’s best chance of the opening period, latching onto a dinked through ball from Camps, but firing inches wide on the half-volley from the edge of the area.

Latics came straight down the other end, and Walker’s run into the area saw him round Lillis, before firing over as the angle narrowed.

Steven Davies replaced McNulty four minutes before the break as Hill changed to four at the back, and he sent an ambitious effort from just inside the Wigan half wide on the stroke of half-time.

Lillis made another strong save seven minutes after the break, beating away a powerful near post effort from Jacobs.

Sam Hart replaced Rathbone to make his Dale debut after joining on-loan from Blackburn Rovers in January, shortly before Lillis was equal to Vaughan’s stooping header.

Dale created a superb chance to equalise when Davies’ cross the back-post found the unmarked Henderson, but he headed over the crossbar.

Billy Knott replaced Camps with Dale’s final change midway through the second half, and his right-footed cross the back-post found Hart, whose header lacked power and was easily held by Christian Walton.

Max Power curled a stunning free-kick off the underside of the crossbar, shortly before Henderson’s delivery was nodded over by Scott Wiseman at the back-post.

Dale pushed forward in search of an equaliser their second-half play perhaps deserved, but couldn’t carve out a clear opening despite their best efforts.

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