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Preview | Plymouth Argyle (H)

14 December 2018

Rochdale v Plymouth Argyle | Crown Oil Arena, Sky Bet League One, Saturday 15th December 2018, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale welcome Plymouth Argyle to the Crown Oil Arena for their final home before Christmas on Saturday.

Draws for both sides last weekend means Dale are seven points ahead of the visitors, with four places separating them in the table.

 

PRE-MATCH INTERVIEW

Keith Hill says he is pleased with a lot of aspects of his squad ahead of Saturday’s match at home to Plymouth Argyle.

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

 

ADMISSION DETAILS

It is pay on the day at the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday.

Supporters can pay through the turnstiles for the Pearl Street Stand, the Sandy Lane and the away stand. However, supporters wishing to sit in the Main Stand must purchase a ticket from the RAFC Ticket Office before going to the turnstiles.

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

 

FIRST TIME VISITOR GUIDE

Are you a first-time visitor to the Crown Oil Arena? Click HERE for all of the information you may need in order to plan your visit and make the most of the matchday experience at Rochdale Football Club!

 

AWAY SUPPORTERS’ GUIDE

If you are a Plymouth Argyle fan making your way to the Crown Oil Arena for Saturday’s game, click HERE and have a read of our Visiting Supporters’ Guide which is packed full of useful information!

 

PRE-MATCH

We have it all going on at the Crown Oil Arena tomorrow! There’s a free Santa’s Grotto in the Carlsberg Lounge, VR challenges, brass band playing Christmas carols and much more. Click HERE for full details.

Don't forget to give Saturday's mascots a warm reception! Click HERE to view our preview of what the Community Trust have on.

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

 

REF WATCH

Referee | Carl Boyeson

Assistant Referees | Paul Hobday & Matthew Smith

Fourth Official | David Avent

 

HEAD TO HEAD

Dale

Draws

Plymouth Argyle

8

9

14

 

MATCH ODDS

Sky Bet are offering odds of 8/11 for a Dale win on Saturday.

Click HERE for the full betting preview.

 

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Rochdale AFC’s matchday programme – The Voice of Spotland – is back on Saturday.

This edition pays tribute to our Josh Lillis, who became the club’s goalkeeper record appearance holder at AFC Wimbledon last weekend.

Click HERE to read the full TVOS preview.

 

WE’VE GOT IT COVERED

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 2.45pm.

Click HERE to subscribe to iFollow.

To access commentary/watch live via your desktop, click on the 'iFollow' tab on our navigation bar. Hover over the 'More' tab and more selections will appear, which is where the 'iFollow' tab is located. 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 | Dale 1-2 Plymouth Argyle

15 December 2018

Dale were beaten 2-1 by Plymouth Argyle at the Crown Oil Arena in Sky Bet League One.

After a goalless first 72 minutes, the visitors took the lead through Joel Grant, only for Bradden Inman to level just three minutes later.

However, the deciding goal came in unfortunate circumstances, as David Perkins’ ball back to Josh Lillis ended up in the back of his net.

Keith Hill made three changes to his starting eleven from Dale’s last league outing at AFC Wimbledon, with Callum Camps, Ollie Rathbone and Bradden Inman coming into the side.

The visitors started brightly, with the Dale defence producing a good block to deny Graham Carey before Gary Sawyer’s effort from a corner rolled inches past the post.

David Fox fired into the side netting from a promising position, before Rathbone saw two efforts turned wide of the post.

Ian Henderson fired a first-time effort into the arms of Plymouth goalkeeper Matt Macey, before Done sent a bouncing effort wide of the far post.

As half-time approached, Carey shot wide and Antoni Sarcevic had an effort deflected over the crossbar by MJ Williams.

Andrew and Henderson had the first two efforts of a quiet opening to the second-half, both firing over from distance, before the two combined as Andrew’s header from Henderson’s cross was comfortably held.

The visitors took the lead in the 73rd minute when Grant turned home Sarcevic’s low ball home from close range, but Dale were soon back on level terms.

Henderson flicked a lovely ball round a defender for Inman, who finished first time from inside the area.

However, the visitors restored their lead in bizarre circumstances two minutes later, when Perkins’ ball back to Lillis either took a bobble or was miskicked, ending up in the back of the Dale net.

From then on it was all Dale as they went in search of an equaliser, Camps firing over and efforts from Inman and Andrew comfortably held by Matt Macey.

Substitute Matty Gillam had an effort deflected into Macey’s arms, whilst Delaney’s stooping header flew narrowly wide.

Lillis made a fine save to deny Carey in added time, and despite late pressure from Dale, they couldn’t find an equaliser.

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