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Preview: Gillingham v Dale

12 January 2018

Gillingham v Rochdale: Sky Bet League One, Saturday 13th January, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale make a return to Sky Bet League One action this weekend, with a long trip south to take on Gillingham.

The two sides have already met this season, when Dale ran out convincing 3-0 winners at the Crown Oil Arena.

That proved to be Adrian Pennock’s final game in charge of the club, and after a four-game spell under caretaker Peter Taylor, Gills appointed Steve Lovell in October.

He has overseen an upturn in fortunes, with six league wins under his stewardship moving them up to 16th in the table.

 

PRE-MATCH INTERVIEW

Keith Hill has said told iFollow that he has a selection headache for all the wrong reasons, ahead of Saturday’s League One fixture against Gillingham.

Click HERE to read the Gaffer’s pre-match quotes.

 

TEAM NEWS

Keith Hill has added defender Ryan Delaney and midfielder Billy Knott to his squad this week, whilst Jordan Williams has joined Lincoln on loan, and Jordan Slew's contract with the club has expired.

 

ADMISSION INFORMATION

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

Click HERE for full details, including prices.

 

PRIESTFIELD STADIUM

For a guide on how to get to the Priestfield Stadium, and for details on parking, please visit Gillingham's website HERE.

 

REF WATCH

Referee: Lee Swabey

Assistant Referees: Kevin Howick & Stuart Butler

Fourth Official: Leigh Crowhurst

 

BETTING PREVIEW

Rochdale are at 13/8 with Sky Bet to take all three points against Gillingham on Saturday.

Click HERE for full match odds.

 

FLASHBACK

Dale’s previous victory at the Priestfield Stadium came back in September 2012.

Goals from Andrew Tutte and Bobby Grant secured a 2-1 victory over Gills, who were top of the League Two table heading into the game.

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HEAD TO HEAD RECORD

Gillingham Draws Dale
14 16 15

 

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Fans in the UK can listen to match audio commentary on iFollow. 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, and will go behind-the-scenes with our Instagram Story feature. Follow @officiallydale (Twitter and Instagram).

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Report: Gillingham 2-1 Rochdale

13 January 2018

Rochdale were defeated 2-1 by Gillingham at the Priestfield Stadium on Saturday.

Andy Cannon had given Dale the lead with a fine left foot effort, but Bradley Garmston levelled just before the break after a powerful effort from outside the area.

Lee Martin’s second half strike sealed the three points, pouncing on a deflected cross with a well taken volley.

Keith Hill made four changes from Tuesday night’s Checkatrade Trophy game against Lincoln City. Callum Camps, Matty Done, Donervon Daniels and Ian Henderson all returned to the starting lining up, and Thursday’s loan signing Billy Knott made the bench.

The home side could have taken the lead in the 10th minute through fortuitous circumstances, when a close-range effort took a massive deflection. Josh Lillis reacted quickly, and got down to keep the shot out on the line.

Two minutes later, Tom Eaves got a header away, calling Lillis into action again, but the Dale stopper dived to his left to deny him, with what can only be described as a camera save.

Ian Henderson had Rochdale’s first shot on goal, testing Tomas Holy with a flighted drive from the edge of the area.

Much of the Gills’ play centred around Eaves, and he should have done better when he found himself in on goal midway through the half, but in the end, he hit well wide of the target without troubling.

The deadlock was broken in the 27th minute, when Andy Cannon gave Dale the lead. After cutting inside, he unleashed a powerful strike beyond Holy from 20-yards.

Either side of the half hour, Done’s half volley was kept out by the Gillingham goalkeeper, while Eaves struck into the side netting.

The home side levelled the scoring four minutes before the break, when Garmston rattled a free-kick from 22-yards into the bottom corner of the net.

Before the half was out, Henderson had picked his spot in the top corner of the net but saw his effort drift just inches wide of the upright.

HT: GILLINGHAM 1-1 ROCHDALE

Rochdale had two opportunities to regain their lead within the opening 10 minutes of the second half.

After getting in on goal, Henderson lifted the ball up and over the onrushing Holy, but saw his effort drop into the roof of the net.

Moments later, the Gillingham ‘keeper was forced to turn Joe Bunney’s effort round his near post.

The home side went ahead shortly after the hour mark, when a deflected cross fell kindly for Martin and he struck home on the volley from 10-yards.

Garmston, who had netted from a set-piece in the first half, came close to doubling his tally with another free-kick. However, Lillis dived to push away the effort from 30-yards.

A double substitution followed in the 70th minute, with Bradden Inman and debutant Billy Knott replacing Kgosi Ntlhe and Done, before Bunney later made way for Harrison McGahey.

Dale pressed late on, as Daniels’ powerful header was denied by Holy to his left side.

The visitors’ best chance came in four minutes of stoppage time when, and it fell to Knott. Henderson’s ball to the back post was nodded back across goal by Andrew, but Knott’s volley flew over the crossbar from ten yards.

It was the final effort for Dale, as Gillingham defended deep and saw it out until the final whistle.

FT: GILLINGHAM 2-1 ROCHDALE

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