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Preview | Burton Albion (H)

4 January 2019

Rochdale v Burton Albion | Crown Oil Arena, Sky Bet League One, Saturday 5th January 2019, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale welcome Burton Albion to the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday for the first home game of 2019.

The visitors are currently 13th in the Sky Bet League One table, and are also through the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, with the first-leg of their tie against Manchester City to be played this upcoming Wednesday.

Dale are 17th, two points behind the Brewers, having played a game less.



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.



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 Burton Albion 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!



There’s a FREE junior event in the Carlsberg Lounge before kick-off on Saturday, where youngster can make their own candle holders! Click HERE for full details.

Don't forget to give our mascot 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.



Referee | Scott Duncan

Assistant Referees | Nik Barnard & Alix Pashley

Fourth Official | Anthony Backhouse





Burton Albion






Sky Bet are offering odds of 7/5 for a Dale win on Saturday.

Click HERE for the full betting preview.



The reverse fixture of Saturday’s match at the Crown Oil Arena saw Dale run out 2-1 winners over Burton on the opening day.

Click HERE for the full flashback, including highlights.



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

Purchase from the Club Shop and around the ground on matchday for just £3. Click HERE to read the full preview.



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 0-4 Burton Albion

5 January 2019

Two goals in either half from Burton Albion condemned Dale to defeat at the Crown Oil Arena.

Marcus Harness’ first-half double saw the Brewers head into the break two goals ahead, before Liam Boyce and Harness’ hat-trick goal sealed their victory in the second period.

Keith Hill made five changes from the New Year’s Day defeat at Doncaster Rovers. Josh Lillis, Joe Rafferty, Jordan Williams, Bradden Inman and Matty Gillam all returned to the starting line-up.

Dale created the first chance of the game when Inman kept himself onside from Ian Henderson’s pass and chipped an effort across goal which went narrowly wide of the far post.

Lucas Akins headed a David Templeton cross wide of the far post, before he then sent a low effort wide after again being found by Templeton. Both efforts came either side of an effort from Gillam which flew narrowly wide after a good run forward.

The visitors’ opening goal came from a corner ball which was flicked on at the near post to Harness, who nodded home from inside the six-yard box.

Scott Fraser fired wide of the near post from a tight angle as Burton went in search of a second, before Jordan Williams was denied by the legs of Bradley Collins after being found by Gillam’s reverse ball.

The Brewers doubled their lead on the half hour mark, as Harness doubled his tally, finding the bottom corner with a powerful left-foot effort from 20-yards.

Fraser and David Templeton both sent efforts off target before Rafferty saw a powerful effort well blocked by a Burton defender.

Lillis was on hand to make two good stops before the break, denying Akins and Dale Academy product Jamie Allen’s powerful first-time effort from just inside the area.

After the interval, Inman saw a shot blocked before having another effort well saved at the near post from Callum Camps’ through ball.

Ollie Rathbone had a shot deflected inches wide, before he found Henderson with a square ball, which the Dale skipper controlled well before firing narrowly wide.

Jordan Williams had a shot deflected into the arms of Burton goalkeeper Bradley Collins, shortly before Dale thought they had pulled a goal back.

Inman’s free-kick was headed onto the post before being prodded in by MJ Williams, who was in an offside position.

Rory Holden came for his Dale debut, along with Aaron Morley, replacing Gillam and Camps, shortly before Henderson had a run and curling effort just wide.

The visitors added their third through substitute Boyce in the 78th minute after he had been found by Harness, before the latter netted his hat-trick and Burton’s fourth, curling a low effort beyond Lillis from the edge of the area.

Henderson headed wide and Rathbone had a shot saved as the game came towards a conclusion.

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