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24 November 2018 Venue Crown Oil Arena Attendance

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Preview | Accrington Stanley (H)

23 November 2018

Rochdale v Accrington Stanley | Crown Oil Arena, Sky Bet League One, Saturday 24th November 2018, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale return to the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday, welcoming Accrington Stanley in Sky Bet League One.

Stanley have enjoyed their start to life in the third tier and only sit outside of the playoff places on goal difference.

Keith Hill’s men are unbeaten in four at home, whilst Accrington have won four, drawn three and lost two of their nine away games in the league so far this season.



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 Charlton Athletic 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!



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

Youngsters can meet Elf on the Shelf at our FREE Junior Event before the game! Click HERE for full details.

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



Referee | Lee Probert

Assistant Referees | Daniel Robathan & Michael McDonough

Fourth Official | Ross Joyce





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Sky Bet are offering odds of 11/10 for a Dale win on Saturday.

Click HERE for the full betting preview.



Dale were 2-1 winners over Accrington the last time Stanley visited the Crown Oil Arena.

Check out our full flashback from the game, including highlights, HERE.



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

This edition pays tribute to our captain Ian Henderson, who scored his 100th goal for the club recently.

Click HERE to read the full TVOS 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 1-0 Accrington Stanley

24 November 2018

Ian Henderson’s 11th league goal of the season secured a 1-0 victory over Accrington Stanley at the Crown Oil Arena.

The Dale skipper nodded home Matty Done’s corner in the 63rd minute, which proved to be decisive.

Keith Hill made three changes to his side from last weekend’s game at Shrewsbury Town, with Josh Lillis, Matty Done and Dan Adshead, making his first EFL start on his return from international duty with England Under-18s, all starting.

Lillis was called into action inside the opening 20 seconds of the game, turning Dan Barlaser’s effort wide of the near post, before Ian Henderson had to clear off the line from the resulting corner.

The Dale skipper then flicked Stephen Dooley’s low cross wide of the near post in Dale’s first foray forward.

Nick Anderton and Jordan Clark fired off target for the visitors with half chances, whilst Michael Ihiekwe and Offrande Zanzala headed off target from set-pieces.

A Stanley defender almost headed Joe Rafferty’s cross from the right into his own net, with goalkeeper Connor Ripley holding well.

Ripley’s opposite number Lillis was called into action twice before the interval, producing a fine stop to deny Billy Kee from close range before a follow-up was blocked and cleared.

He then denied former Dale man Sean McConville at the near post, after the Stanley winger brought down a cross from the right and fired goalwards.

After the break, a good block from Adshead deflected Barlaser’s effort just over the crossbar, with Zanzala’s header from the resulting corner flying over.

Rafferty sent first-time effort wide of the near post from Dooley’s lay-off, before Calvin Andrew, on for Bradden Inman as a substitute, fired straight at Ripley from Camps’ through ball.

Shortly after the hour mark, the deadlock was broken. Done’s corner to the near post was met by Henderson, who stooped to head home underneath Ripley.

Andrew was inches away from getting on the end of a fizzed cross from Rafferty five minutes late as Dale looked to double their advantage.

The visitors saw efforts from Barlaser, Kee and Sam Finley, all from distance, fly narrowly over.

Connor Hall headed over late on with the visitors’ final chance of the game, as Dale held on for a sixth league win of the season.

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