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Preview | Leicester City Under-21s (H) - Checkatrade Trophy Northern Group B

7 November 2018

Rochdale v Leicester City Under-21s | Crown Oil Arena, Checkatrade Trophy Northern Group B, Wednesday 7th November 2018, 7.45pm Kick-Off

Dale need just one point from Wednesday’s game against Leicester City Under-21s to win Northern Group B in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Two wins from two mean Dale have already qualified for the knockout stages, with only Bury able to overtake Keith Hill’s men.

Leicester have two points, coming in a penalty shootout victory over Fleetwood Town, before losing their second game 2-1 at Bury.



If the scores are level after 90 minutes, a penalty shootout will take place to determine who takes the bonus point on offer.

Penalty shootouts also return to the traditional format of ‘ABAB’.



Supporters can pay through the turnstiles for Tuesday night’s match.

Adult tickets are just £10, with Juniors (16 and under) at just £5.

The Main Stand is open to home supporters, while the Reside Estate Agency Stand will house visiting supporters.



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 Leicester City fan making your way to the Crown Oil Arena for Wednesday’s game, click HERE and have a read of our Visiting Supporters’ Guide which is packed full of useful information!



The Ratcliffe Bars, situated on the Crown Oil Arena car park, are open to both home and away supporters from 5pm.



Referee | Thomas Bramall    

Assistant Referees | Danny Gratton & Ravel Cheosiaua

Fourth Official | Chris Isherwood



Sky Bet are offering odds of 4/7 for a Dale win on Wednesday.

Click HERE for the full betting preview.



Rochdale AFC’s matchday programme – The Voice of Spotland – is back for our two Checkatrade Trophy home games.

It is a 32-page edition which covers both of our home group matches in the competition, against Bury and Leicester City under-21s.

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 7.30pm.

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 2-2 Leicester City Under-21s (3-4 Pens)

7 November 2018

Dale secured the point they needed to win Northern Group B in the Checkatrade Trophy with a 2-2 draw at home to Leicester City’s Under-21s.

A young Dale side raced into a two-goal lead thanks to headers from the experienced Calvin Andrew and Jim McNulty, but the visitors pulled a goal back in the first-half through Alex Pascanu.

Ryan Loft equalised after the break, but struck the woodwork with a penalty that would have won the game for his side.

A bonus point was on offer in the penalty shootout, which was claimed by the visitors 4-3.

Keith Hill named a youthful matchday squad, with eight current Academy players either starting or on the bench, as well as graduate Dan Adshead who captained the side.

Juwon Hamzat and Florian Yonsian, both unused substitutes for the previous Checkatrade Trophy game at Fleetwood Town, made their first-team debuts.

The visitors created the first chance of the night when Ryan Loft glanced a right-wing cross beyond the far post, but it was Dale who broke the deadlock five minutes in.

Adshead’s outswinging corner was met by Andrew ten-yards out, who powered a header into the back of the net.

It was another header that doubled Dale’s lead 12 minutes later. Adshead’s corner went beyond everyone but Florent Hoti at the back post, who delivered an inch-perfect cross back into the area for McNulty to send a header beyond Leicester goalkeeper Viktor Johannsson.

Second-year scholar Hoti, making his second first-team appearance, had a shot blocked after being found by Andrew, whilst Liandro Morris fired off target and also had an effort saved for the visitors.

They halved the deficit shortly before the half hour mark when a cross from the left found its way to Pascanu at the far post, who fired a powerful effort past Magnus Norman.

David Perkins fired an effort narrowly wide from distance as Dale led at the interval, at which Aaron Wilbraham replaced Andrew.

Loft and Callum Wright fired off target for the visitors after the break, before Wilbraham headed wide Luke Matheson’s cross to the back post and Zach Clough curled an effort wide.

The visitors levelled the game midway through the second period when Loft fired a low shot in at the near post after the referee deemed his tussle with MJ Williams not to warrant a free-kick for Dale.

Harrison Hopper replaced Hamzat with 16 minutes remaining to make his Dale debut and after Wilbraham had dragged a shot wide from outside the area, Leicester had a golden chance to take the lead.

Lamine Kaba Sherif was fouled in the area, but Loft’s penalty struck the foot of Norman’s left post.

The Dale goalkeeper then made a superb save from Kayne Leshabela’s left foot shot, getting a fingertip to the effort to turn around the post.

Williams cleared a Leicester effort off the line, before Dale had two good chances to win the game.

Wilbraham saw a low effort well saved with Adshead’s half volley held on the rebound, before Clough was denied one-on-one after being found by Norman’s superb throw out.

Neither side grabbing the decisive goal meant the game went to penalties to claim the extra point, which was claimed by the visitors’ Kaba Sherif after Williams saw his penalty saved.

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