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Preview: Dale v Doncaster Rovers - Checkatrade Trophy

28 November 2017

Dale v Doncaster Rovers: Checkatrade Trophy Round Two, Tuesday 28th November, 7.30pm Kick-Off

Dale are back in Checkatrade Trophy action on Tuesday night, as Doncaster Rovers visit the Crown Oil Arena for the second-round tie.

Dale topped Northern Group C with six points, ahead of Bury, Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City.

Doncaster, meanwhile, finished second in Northern Group H, just missing out on top spot to Scunthorpe United.

Both sides picked up League wins at the weekend. As Dale were beating Peterborough United 2-0, Darren Ferguson’s side were triumphing 2-1 over MK Dons.

The two sides have already met at the Crown Oil Arena this season, when two stoppage time goals sealed a dramatic 2-1 victory for Dale back in September.



Adults - £10

Juniors (16 and under) - £5

Supporters can pay at the gate on Tuesday night. The Main Stand only is open for home supporters, with the Willbutts Lane Stand open for visiting fans.

Tickets are available to buy in advance by clicking HERE.



Referee: Darren Handley

Assistants Referees: Mark Cunliffe & Ian Smedley

Fourth Official: Michael Salisbury



The Ratcliffe Bars, situated on the Crown Oil Arena car park, open at 5pm on Tuesday, with visiting supporters also welcome.



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



The two sides have already met once this season, in a memorable game at the Crown Oil arena back in September.

Dale looked to be heading for defeat when John Marquis’ 74th minute goal put Rovers in front.

However, two stoppage time goals turned the game on its head. Mark Kitching’s stunning volley pulled Dale level, before Steven Davies stole in at the back post to spark wild celebrations in front of the Sandy Lane end.



The Voice Of Spotland, Rochdale AFC's matchday programme, returns for Tuesday's match.

The reduced 24-page programme contains manager Keith Hill’s thoughts on the competition and the week of cup football ahead, along with much more.

TVOS will be on sale in the Club Shop around the ground for the price of £2.



Dale are 7/5 to record victory over Doncaster.

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Fans in the UK can listen to match audio commentary on iFollow, whilst overseas fans can WATCH the match live! The programme will start at 7.25pm.

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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: Dale 1-1 Doncaster Rovers (5-4 pens)

28 November 2017

Rochdale advanced to the last sixteen of the Checkatrade Trophy with a penalty shootout victory over Doncaster Rovers.

Academy graduate Matty Gillam put Dale ahead from the spot just after the half hour mark when Andy Cannon was brought down in the area.

The visitors equalised in the 73rd minute through Liam Mandeville to send the game to penalties.

The first nine were scored, but Josh Lillis saved Tommy Rowe’s effort to ensure Dale’s passage through to the next round.

Keith Hill made four changes to the side from the weekend’s 2-0 victory over Peterborough United.

Kgosi Ntlhe, Andy Cannon, Gillam and 16-year-old Academy player Daniel Adshead all came into the starting eleven.

Ntlhe had to be alert inside the first 20 seconds, when he cleared an effort off the line, before Bunney had to clear a low ball across goal from Alfie Beestin.

Mandeville had a shot saved as the visitors played some nice football early on, before Callum Camps sent Dale’s first effort just wide of the target from the edge of the area.

Adshead, on his fourth consecutive Checkatrade Trophy start, was impressing once again. The Dale Academy product showed a superb piece of skill to flick a ball over a sliding Doncaster defender, before having an effort deflected over the crossbar.

Matty Blair forced Lillis into his first save of the night with a near post effort that was beat around the near post.

Dale were awarded a golden opportunity to take the lead shortly after the half hour mark, when Andy Cannon was brought down inside the penalty area.

Gillam stepped up and coolly converted, allowing the goalkeeper to dive to one side before slotting the ball down the opposite side.

Calvin Andrew sent a header wide from Joe Bunney’s free-kick as Dale looked for a second before half-time, although Ntlhe had to be withdrawn due to a head injury three minutes before the break. He was replaced by Mark Kitching.

Camps forced Marko Marosi into a save at the beginning of the second-half with a superb effort which dipped at the final moment, as Dale started the second period on top.

Goalscorer Gillam was replaced by Jordan Williams shortly before the hour mark, but it was first substitute Kitching who headed a Bunney free-kick on to the roof of the net when he rose highest in the area.

Just two minutes later the visitors equalised, when Mandeville was played in behind the Dale defence and finished clinically beyond Lillis.

Bradden Inman replaced Ollie Rathbone for the final ten minutes, which saw both Cannon and Camps have efforts blocked from the edge of the area.

Dale were the side that looked more likely to take the win in 90 minutes, but couldn’t find a winner, as the game went to penalties.

The first nine penalties were scored, but the tenth would be crucial, when Lillis saved well to his right from Rowe’s spot-kick, sending Dale through to the last sixteen of the Checkatrade Trophy.

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