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Preview | Dale v Fleetwood Town

20 March 2018

Dale v Fleetwood Town | Sky Bet League One, Crown Oil Arena, Tuesday 20th March, 7.45pm Kick-Off

Rochdale complete their run of three home matches in a week with the visit of Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night.

Draws with Southend United and AFC Wimbledon at the Crown Oil Arena, mean Dale go into the match unbetean four, following the wins away at Walsall and Rotherham United prior to the two home games. 

The Cod Army are unbeaten since Manager John Sheridan joined last month, and they moved out of the relegation zone on goal difference after a goalless draw at Charlton Athletic on Saturday.
 

ADMISSION INFORMATION

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

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

 

HEAD TO HEAD

Dale

Draws

Fleetwood

3

6

3

 

REF WATCH

Referee: Trevor Kettle

Assistant Referees: Joe Simpson & Stephen Wade

Fourth Official: Tom Nield

 

PRE-MATCH

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

 

FIRST TIME VISITOR

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

 

MATCH ODDS

Dale are at odds of 10/11 to claim victory against Fleetwood Town in Sky Bet League One on Tuesday night.

Click HERE for the full betting preview.

 

FLASHBACK

Goals from Matty Lund and Steven Davies earned Dale a 2-1 victory over the Cod Army at the Crown Oil Arena last season.

Click HERE for the full flashback, including highlights.

 

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Fans in the UK can listen to match audio commentary on iFollow, whilst overseas supporters can WATCH the match LIVE. The programme will start at 7.40pm.

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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 | Dale 0-2 Fleetwood Town

20 March 2018

Two second-half goals saw Dale defeated 2-0 by Fleetwood Town at the Crown Oil Arena.

Dale had the better of the chances in the opening period, but fell behind shortly after the hour mark when Paddy Madden nodded home.

As Dale pushed on looking for an equaliser, the visitors struck on the break through Jordy Hiwula, securing all three points for Dale’s relegation rivals.

Billy Knott made his first Dale start, replacing Bradden Inman in the only change from Saturday’s game against AFC Wimbledon.

Dale edged a relatively quiet opening period, as both sides struggled to create clear-cut chances.

It was Keith Hill’s men looking the more likely though, as Scott Wiseman had a turn and shot blocked, whilst Stephen Humphrys drove an effort over shortly afterwards.

The striker then showed quick feet to put Nathan Pond on his backside before having a shot deflected into the arms of the goalkeeper, whilst another deflection from a Wiseman cross took the ball just behind Matty Done at the back-post.

Ryan Delaney had Dale’s best chance before the break, when Andy Cannon got a flick on Callum Camps’ free-kick taking it straight into the defender’s path, but he turned over on the slide.

Humphrys sent a powerful shot well clear of the crossbar, before Paddy Madden’s ambitious 40-yard effort ensured the visitors mustered a shot at goal on the stroke of half-time.

There was a lengthy stoppage after the break when Cannon received a knock to the head and required a stretcher to leave the field. He was replaced by Mark Kitching.

Fleetwood had the impetus after the restart, and Josh Lillis had to make a low save to his left to deny an Ashley Eastham header from point blank range, before beating the ball away before Conor McAleny could follow up.

However, a minute later and the visitors broke the deadlock. Kyle Dempsey’s run forward led to him having a shot saved, but Madden got in front of Harrison McGahey on the follow up to nod home.

Hill responded with a double substitution, as Alex Dobre and Bradden Inman replaced Delaney and Knott with 20 minutes remaining.

Dobre saw a shot sail over before he and Inman had shot blocked in quick succession, with Ian Henderson also curling over as Dale searched for an equaliser.

The visitors rebuffed a number of Dale attacks in the final ten minutes, and with Hill’s side throwing men forward, the Cod Army struck on the counter attack.

Substitute Bobby Grant held the ball well in the Dale half and released fellow substitute Hiwula, who calmly finished beyond Lillis to the far post.

Henderson headed over a Dobre cross before Dobre himself fired over after a promising run, but Dale couldn’t find a goal to set up a grandstand finish.

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