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Preview | Portsmouth (H - FA Cup)

1 December 2018

Rochdale v Portsmouth | Crown Oil Arena, Emirates FA Cup Second Round, Sunday 2nd December 2018, 2pm Kick-Off

The Emirates FA Cup returns to the Crown Oil Arena on Sunday, as Dale welcome Portsmouth in the second round of the competition.

Keith Hill’s men were 2-1 winners over National League side Gateshead in the first round, whilst Portsmouth comfortably saw off Maidenhead United 4-0.

The sides have already met in the league this season, with League One table toppers Pompey taking a 3-1 victory back to the south coast.



Keith Hill has been on pre-match interview duties ahead of the game.

Click HERE to read his thoughts, or HERE to watch his pre-match interview for FREE.



Click HERE to visit Portsmouth’s official website to hear what their manager Kenny Jackett had to say ahead of the game.



Admission prices have been reduced for the fixture – they are as follows.

Main Stand & Reside Estate Agency Stand (away end)
Adults - £15
Concessions (21 & under & seniors 65+) - £10
Juniors - £5

The Smith Metals Family Stand (Pearl Street Stand) & the Sandy Lane 
Adults - £12
Concessions - £8
Juniors - £4

Fans can pay cash through the turnstiles on Sunday, or purchase tickets in advance HERE.



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!



If you are a Gateshead 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!



Youngsters can make their own football themed 2019 calendar at our FREE junior event before Sunday’s game! Click HERE for details.

Make sure you give Saturday’s mascots a warm reception! See what the Community Trust have going on at tomorrow’s game HERE.

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



Referee | Sebastian Stockbridge

Assistant Referees | Hristo Karaivanov & Gareth Mellor

Fourth Official | Richard Aspinall



Sky Bet are offering odds of 11/5 for a Dale win on Sunday.

Click HERE for the full betting preview.



Rochdale AFC’s matchday programme – The Voice of Spotland – is back for the Emirates FA Cup second round game.

Available for just £2, the programme full of FA Cup based features and is available around the Crown Oil Arena on matchday!

Click HERE to read the full TVOS preview.











Dale have reached the third round or better in four of the last five seasons.

Click HERE to view highlights of recent second round victories.



The iFollow programme will start at 1.45pm. Due to broadcasting restrictions, it is audio commentary only. 

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 0-1 Portsmouth (Emirates FA Cup Second Round)

2 December 2018

A deflected 90th minute strike saw Dale cruelly knocked out of this year’s Emirates FA Cup in a 1-0 defeat to Portsmouth.

Both sides struck the woodwork in an even contest, but Andre Green’s strike late on took a wicked deflection to see the League One table toppers through to the third round.

Keith Hill made six changes to the side that started at Oxford United in midweek. Joe Rafferty, Stephen Dooley, MJ Williams, Calvin Andrew, Jordan Williams and Matty Done all returned to the starting eleven.

Both sides created half chances in the game’s opening quarter, with Oliver Hawkins seeing an effort held and Jordan Williams dragging a half volley wide after an Andrew flick on.

The visitors saw a number of efforts fly off target from distance, two through Ben Thompson and another two from Gareth Evans which came closer to troubling Josh Lillis.

Ryan Delaney headed into the arms of Craig MacGillivray, before Jordan Williams latched on to another Andrew flick on and sent an effort narrowly wide of the far post.

Ronan Curtis fired into the arms of Lillis before the Dale stopper produced a fine fingertip save to turn Curtis’ fizzing strike from 25-yards onto the crossbar.

Dale began the second-half the better of the two sides, with Done seeing a free-kick deflected over the crossbar and MJ Williams firing off target from distance.

The best chance of the game was created when Henderson fed a through ball to Andrew, who had a one-on-one saved by the legs of MacGillivray. Adshead’s follow up effort was well blocked by a Pompey defender.

Five minutes later, Done crashed an effort off the crossbar after being found by Jordan Williams who had drove forward down the left.

Efforts from Hawkins and Curtis tested Lillis, whilst Jack Whatmough headed a great chance from a free-kick into the side netting for the visitors.

Henderson sent a dipping volley narrowly over the crossbar after Andrew laid off the skipper’s flick on back to him, and the tie looked to be heading to a replay until a 90th minute winner for Portsmouth.

Thy were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area which was laid off to Green, whose first time effort took a wicked deflected, looping into the top corner out of Lillis’ reach.

Dale still had time to almost carve out an equaliser in the final of five minutes added on when Henderson was denied by a superb save from MacGillivray, before shouts for a penalty on Andy Cannon were waved away, but Dale headed out of this season’s Emirates FA Cup in the cruellest of fashions.

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Ticket News

Portsmouth FA Cup Tickets On Sale From Monday 19th November

19 November 2018

Rochdale v Portsmouth | Emirates FA Cup Second Round, Crown Oil Arena, Sunday 2nd December 2018, 2pm Kick-Off

Tickets for our Emirates FA Cup second round tie against Portsmouth are on sale from Monday 19th November at 9am.

Get yours online at or by calling 0844 826 1907 (option 8). Fees apply on tickets ordered online and over the phone. 

Fans can also pay cash through the turnstiles on the day of the game. 

Admission prices have been reduced and set at the following:

Main Stand & Reside Estate Agency Stand (away end)
Adults - £15
Concessions (21 & under & seniors 65+) - £10
Juniors - £5

The Smith Metals Family Stand (Pearl Street Stand) & the Sandy Lane 
Adults - £12
Concessions - £8
Juniors - £4

Wheelchair disabled will pay their relevant age as above with carer free of charge. 

It's unreserved seating all around the ground.

The tie is being played on Sunday 2ndDecember, 2pm kick-off, after being selected for TV coverage. The game has been chosen for a live overseas broadcast.

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