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09 April 2019 Venue Wham Stadium Attendance

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Preview | Accrington Stanley (A)

9 April 2019

Accrington Stanley v Rochdale | Wham Stadium, Sky Bet League One, Tuesday 9th April 2019, 7.45pm Kick-Off

Dale make the short trip to Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night in Sky Bet League One action.

Just three points separate the two sides, with a win for Dale meaning they would climb out of the relegation zone, thanks to the game in hand on teams around them.

Dale were 1-0 winners over Stanley back in November, when Ian Henderson’s goal separated the two sides in the reverse fixture.

 

PRE-MATCH INTERVIEW

Click HERE to watch Brian Barry-Murphy's pre-match thoughts. 

 

OPPOSITION VIEW

Accrington boss John Coleman says Tuesday’s game is the biggest game of his life.

Click HERE to read what he had to say on Stanley’s official website.

 

ADMISSION DETAILS

Tickets are on sale from the RAFC Ticket Office until 3pm on matchday. Supporters can also pay on the day at the Wham Stadium.

Fans must purchase from Accrington’s ticket office before heading to the turnstiles. Click HERE for full details.

 

WHAM STADIUM

For a visiting supporters’ guide to the Wham Stadium, visit Accrington’s official website HERE.

 

MATCH ODDS

Sky Bet are offering odds of 12/5 for a Dale victory on Tuesday.

Click HERE for the full betting preview.

Make sure you select Rochdale as your favourite team on your Sky Bet profile, as Dale will receive 50% of any losing stake!

 

REF WATCH

Referee | Christopher Sarginson

Assistant Referees | Christopher Ward & Stephen Wade

Fourth Official | Thomas Bramall

 

FLASHBACK

Who wants another look back at our memorable 4-2 win at Accrington in March 2010?

Click HERE to watch highlights from the game!

 

HEAD TO HEAD

Accrington Stanley

Draws

Dale

25

11

43

 

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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 | Accrington Stanley 0-1 Dale

9 April 2019

Ollie Rathbone’s second-half goal secured a 1-0 win at Accrington Stanley, which moves Dale out of the Sky Bet League One relegation zone.

In an even affair, Rathbone’s sixth of the season in the 72nd minute settled matters, moving Dale up to 19th and level on points with Stanley.

Jimmy Keohane replaced Joe Bunney, as Brian Barry-Murphy made one change to the side that started against Sunderland at the weekend.

Dale goalkeeper Josh Lillis was called into action twice in quick succession during the opening stages, saving a powerful Sean McConville effort which was then headed over by Luke Armstrong, before holding on well to low shot from Dan Barlaser.

After Matty Done fired Dale’s first chance of the game wide from an Aaron Wilbraham knock down, Accrington stopper Dimitar Evtimov produced a fine one-handed save to stop Ryan McLaughlin’s deflected effort from Ian Henderson’s lay off.

Jordan Clark fired two efforts off target for the hosts, before Wilbraham sent an effort wide of the far post, as the first-half ended goalless.

Ethan Hamilton replaced Keohane at half-time and after Clark saw a free-kick held by Lillis, Dale began to take control of the opening stages of the second period.

Done saw an effort deflected wide, before his cross fell for Rathbone who fired over from 12-yards.

Done was involved again as he fired wide from 25-yards, before his ball across the edge of the area came to Ntlhe who powered a first-time effort wide of the near post.

Stanley’s Luke Armstrong touched a Clark cross wide of the near post before he was denied by a fine Lillis save from a tight angle.

Hamilton sent a volley well off target for Dale, before he had a hand in Rathbone’s goal which broke the deadlock with 18 minutes remaining.

Hamilton’s run and cross from the left found Wilbraham at the back post, who took the ball down exceptionally well, held on and lay off to Rathbone, who fired a powerful effort into the roof of the net from just inside the area.

Dale defended resolutely in the closing stages of the game, with Jim McNulty blocking a Clark shot, before Ross Sykes headed their best chance wide from a corner at the back post.

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