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13 April 2019 Venue Fratton Park Attendance

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Preview | Portsmouth (A)

12 April 2019

Portsmouth v Rochdale | Fratton Park, Sky Bet League One, Saturday 13th April 2019, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale hit the road again with a trip to the south coast to face automatic promotion chasing Portsmouth.

Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley saw Dale move out of the relegation zone and into 19th.

Pompey are on a four-match winning run in the league, and also picked up the Checkatrade Trophy title a fortnight ago, beating Sunderland on penalties.

Kenny Jackett’s side were 3-1 winners over Dale at the Crown Oil Arena earlier this season.

 

PRE-MATCH INTERVIEW

Dale manager Brian Barry-Murphy says his side are going to Portsmouth to attack.

Click HERE to read what he had to say, or watch his interview in full on iFollow HERE.

 

OPPOSITION VIEW

Portsmouth boss Jackett said: “The new manager has done very well and achieved both good results and performances.

“We never look at any game as being easy and know that every point we collect is hard-earned – we showed that last week.”

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

 

TEAM NEWS

Barry-Murphy has confirmed that Calvin Andrew is back in training after missing Tuesday’s win over Accrington.

Only on-loan Huddersfield Town forward Rekeil Pyke is unavailable for selection.

 

ADMISSION DETAILS

Supporters who didn’t purchase a ticket in advance can pay on the day at Portsmouth. Click HERE for full details.

 

FRATTON PARK

For a guide to Portsmouth's Fratton Park, click HERE to visit their official website.

 

MATCH ODDS

Sky Bet are offering odds of 17/4 for a Dale victory on Saturday. 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 | Lee Swabey

Assistant Referees | Stuart Butler & Paul Yates

Fourth Official | Kevin Howick

 

HEAD TO HEAD

Portsmouth

Draws

Dale

7

2

1

 

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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 | Portsmouth 4-1 Dale

13 April 2019

Dale were beaten 4-1 by automatic promotion chasing Portsmouth at Fratton Park in Sky Bet League One.

Oli Hawkins and a Brett Pitman penalty put the home side two goals ahead at the break, but Aaron Wilbraham’s calm finish dragged Dale back into it nine minutes after the break.

Gareth Evans restored his side’s two goal lead with a close-range header, before Jamal Lowe added a fourth with 11 minutes remaining.

Brian Barry-Murphy made two changes to his starting eleven from the midweek win at Accrington Stanley, as Joe Bunney and Ethan Hamilton came in for Kgosi Ntlhe and Jimmy Keohane.

The home side had the first of the chances, with Jamal Lowe and Pitman firing efforts well over, but it was Dale had the best opening in the early stages.

Ryan McLaughlin found Matty Done down the right, whose cross was headed wide of the far post by Ian Henderson from eight yards out.

Hawkins and Ben Close sent efforts straight at Josh Lillis, before Done saw a dipping effort from distance well held by Pompey stopper Craig MacGillivray.

Portsmouth broke the deadlock in the 21st minute, when Lowe beat the Dale defence down the right and crossed for Hawkins, who headed home powerfully at the near post.

Lowe was himself denied by Lillis moments later, as the Dale goalkeeper made a strong save to his right when one-on-one, before Aaron Wilbraham almost scored a fortuitous goal when he charged down MacGillivray’s clearance, but the ball drifted narrowly wide of the upright.

Callum Camps and Hawkins exchanged efforts over, before the latter saw a first-time volley well held by Lillis.

However, the hosts doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time when Pitman converted from the spot, after Ethan Ebanks-Landell had brought down Nathan Thompson inside the area.

Dale began the second period well, with Done firing over and Jim McNulty seeing a header saved, before Wilbraham halved the deficit in the 54th minute.

A great counter attack saw McLaughlin find Done, who turned past his man with the ball falling for Wilbraham, and he converted beneath MacGillivray first time.

However, the hosts restored their lead eight minutes later, when Lowe sent a deep cross which was headed home by substitute Evans from close range.

Dale controlled possession but saw efforts on target from Ethan Hamilton and substitute Bradden Inman comfortably held, before Portsmouth added a fourth 11 minutes from time.

Matt Clarke’s first-time ball over the top of defence was latched on to by Lowe, who rounded the outrushing Lillis and slotted into the empty net.

Lillis parried substitute Omar Bogle’s curling effort, before Brown headed a glorious chance wide at the back post from Lowe’s deep cross with the final chance of the game.

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Ticket News

Travel News | Charlton Athletic

12 April 2019

Charlton Athletic v Rochdale | Saturday 4th May 2019 – 5.30pm KO

Bookings are being taken for Dale’s trip to The Valley on the final day of the 2018/19 season.

The price per seat is £30.

It leaves the Crown Oil Arena at 10am.

Pop into the RAFC Club Shop or call 0844 826 1907 (option 3) to book.

You'll find admission details for the match HERE.

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