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Preview | Walsall v Dale

6 March 2018

Walsall v Rochdale: Sky Bet League One, Banks’s Stadium, Tuesday 6th March, 7.45pm Kick-Off

Dale return to Sky Bet League One action with a trip to Walsall on Tuesday night.

The Saddlers were impressive 3-0 winners at Southend United on Saturday, thanks to a second half hat-trick from Erhun Oztumer.

That win moved them above Southend and up to 13th in the League One table.

The sides have met already this season, when a 90th minute strike from Maz Kouhyar denied Dale all three points in a 1-1 draw.

 

PRE-MATCH INTERVIEW

First Team Coach Brian Barry-Murphy was on pre-match interview duties. Read what he had to say HERE.

 

ADMISSION DETAILS

Supporters who didn’t purchase in advance from the RAFC Ticket Office can still pay on the night.

Click HERE for admission prices.

 

BANKS’ STADIUM

For a complete guide to the Banks’ Stadium, including directions and parking, visit Walsall’s website by clicking HERE.

 

REF WATCH

Referee: Robert Lewis

Assistant Referee: Wade Smith

Assistant Referee: Christopher Husband

Fourth Official: Ian Rathbone

 

FLASHBACK

Last season’s 2-0 victory at the Banks's Stadium saw Dale move up to fourth in League One, thanks to goals from Ian Henderson and Joe Thompson.

Click HERE to view the full flashback, including highlights.

 

HEAD TO HEAD

Walsall Draws Dale
22 17 23

 

MATCH ODDS

Dale are at odds of 17/10 to claim victory at Walsall on Tuesday night.

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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 | Walsall 0-3 Dale

6 March 2018

Rochdale were well-deserved 3-0 winners over Walsall when the two sides met at the Banks’s Stadium on Tuesday night.

Jimmy McNulty’s header opened the scoring early on in the first-half, before Ian Henderson doubled the lead inside the final 20 minutes.

Josh Lillis saved a Erhun Oztumer penalty to keep the two goal cushion, before Alex Dobre scored a wonderful solo goal on his debut to round off an excellent performance and result for Keith Hill’s men.

Hill made one change to the side that lined-up against Tottenham Hotspur six days ago, as Bradden Inman replaced Mark Kitching, who was named on the bench.

Rochdale opened the scoring in the 16th minute, when McNulty headed home his first goal for the club after rising highest to meet a Bradden Inman corner.

His last career goal came back in August 2014 in the League Cup, while he last netted in a league campaign in January 2012, scoring for Barnsley against Millwall in the Championship.

In a fiercely contested first half, there were several opportunities for both sides.  

Shortly after Dale had taken the lead, Luke Leahy struck an effort across goal and wide of the upright, while Harrison McGahey had to be alert on the line to steer away a dangerous ball across the goal mouth by Nicky Devlin.

On the half hour, Julien Ngoy’s powerful drive from the edge of the area stung Josh Lillis’ palms, before Rochdale came close in quick succession.

Matty Done saw a strike across goal deflected narrowly wide, and from the resulting corner, Ryan Delaney headed just inches wide.

End to end, Lillis beat away a shot from Kieron Morris and then got down to his left to keep out a George Dobson shot from distance.

Before the half was out, Dale came close to adding a second, but Callum Camps’ cheeky back heel from a low Inman delivery came crashing off the feet of Joe Rafferty a couple of yards from the line.

HT: WALSALL 0-1 ROCHDALE

After the break, Rochdale looked comfortable during the opening exchanges of the second half and had a couple of opportunities to extend their lead before going on to deservedly double their advantage.

Henderson beat the offside trap to find Stephen Humphrys, who despite having time to take the ball down, couldn’t stop his effort from rising, as he hit high over the bar.

McNulty picked out Henderson with a sublime pass a short time later, and after delivering into the area, Humphrys played in Cannon, who saw an effort deflected behind.

In the 56th minute, the on-loan Fulham forward was replaced by Steven Davies, as Dale made their first substitution of the game.

And Rochdale’s second goal came in the 70th minute, when skipper Henderson curled an effort beyond Roberts, to net his 16th goal of the season.

Dobre replaced Inman soon after, making his first appearance for the club since joining on loan from Bournemouth during the January transfer window.

Walsall’s Erhun Oztumer scored from a spot-kick on Saturday in the Saddlers’ win over Southend United, but he couldn’t repeat the feat against Keith Hill’s side at the Banks’s Stadium, with Lillis keeping him out from 12-yards. The hosts had been awarded a penalty after Delaney was adjudged to have taken down substitute Amadou Bakayoko.

With three minutes remaining, Rochdale rounded off an excellent victory in style, when substitute Dobre pirouetted around his marker, dropped his shoulder and struck past Roberts from 20-yards with a stunning solo goal.

FT: WALSALL 0-3 ROCHDALE

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