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02 October 2018 Venue Crown Oil Arena Attendance

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Preview | Bristol Rovers (H)

2 October 2018

Rochdale v Bristol Rovers | Crown Oil Arena, Sky Bet League One, Tuesday 2nd October 2018, 7.45pm Kick-Off

Bristol Rovers are the visitors to the Crown Oil Arena on Tuesday night for the second of back-to-back home games for Dale.

Aaron Wilbraham’s stunning strike couldn’t prevent a 3-1 loss at home to top of the table Portsmouth for Keith Hill’s men on Saturday, whilst Rovers played out a goalless draw at Bradford City.

The Gas are currently a place below Dale in the Sky Bet League One table, having won two, drawn three and lost five of their opening ten league games.



It is pay on the night at the Crown Oil Arena on Tuesday.

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 Bristol Rovers fan making your way to the Crown Oil Arena for Tuesday’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 | Matthew Donohue

Assistant Referees | David Benton & Mark Cunliffe

Fourth Official | Chris Isherwood





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Dale were 1-0 winners against Bristol Rovers when the sides met at the Crown Oil Arena last year.

Click HERE for the full flashback, including highlights from the game.



Sky Bet are offering odds of 13/10 for a Dale win on Tuesday.

Click HERE for the full betting preview.



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

The new features for the 2018/19 season return and there is a pull-out caricature poster of Andy Cannon inside!

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 0-0 Bristol Rovers

2 October 2018

Ten-man Dale earned a hard-fought 0-0 draw at home to Bristol Rovers, after playing the entirety of the second-half with ten men.

Goalkeeper Magnus Norman saw red on the stroke of half-time for a collision with Rovers’ Stefan Payne just outside the area, leaving Dale a man short for the second period.

Both sides had chances in either half, but in the end neither could break the deadlock, sharing the spoils on a chilly autumn evening at the Crown Oil Arena.

Keith Hill made five changes to the side that started Saturday’s home match against Portsmouth, as Magnus Norman, Harrison McGahey, M J Williams, Bradden Inman and Matthew Gillam all returned to the starting line-up.

Dale started well with Sam Hart’s crossing causes problems early on, Ollie Rathbone heading into goalkeeper Jack Bonham’s arms before Ian Henderson nodded narrowly wide from just inside the area.

Rovers’ Kyle Bennett sent a snapshot wide before Rathbone also fired an effort off target for Dale, shortly before the visitors rattled the woodwork.

Stefan Payne picked up on a loose pass out of the Dale defence and fired a blistering effort from 25-yards which struck the underside of the crossbar, shortly after he’d fired a shot wide of the Dale goal.

Dale were forced into an early sub when Jordan Williams replaced Gillam, who had picked up a knock minutes earlier.

David Perkins and Hart both fired wide of the target before Norman saved well from Ollie Clarke’s strike after Liam Sercombe’s fine run.

The open nature of the first period continued when Hart again fired wide and Joe Rafferty saw a header blocked, from which MJ Williams turned the rebound over.

On the stroke of half-time, Dale were reduced to ten men, when Norman was dismissed for colliding with Payne just outside the area, who had just beaten the Dale stopper to the bouncing ball.

Josh Lillis came on for Jim McNulty who was also hurt in the collision and his first act was to watch the resulting free-kick flash wide of his right post.

Despite starting the first-half a man down, Dale began brightly. Rathbone saw a curling effort from outside the area well saved before MJ Williams had a shot blocked following a short corner.

Sercombe nodded over for the visitors whilst Jordan Williams fired wide from outside the area for Dale.

Inman had a great chance just short of the hour mark when he latched on to Henderson’s flicked header on the edge of the area, but he hit straight into the arms of Bonham as he tried to lift the ball over the goalkeeper.

Substitute Lillis made a comfortable stop from Ollie Clarke before rushing out to deny Sercombe’s close range effort superbly with his body, after a low ball had found its way to the back post.

Henderson and Rathbone both saw efforts held by visiting goalkeeper Bonham, before Lillis produced another fine stop to deny Sercombe again, flying to his left to parry away a curling effort from range.

Rathbone sent a free-kick dipping over the crossbar before he produced a fine block to deny Ollie Clarke’s effort from the edge of the area.

Captain Henderson was denied by Bonham late on after being played through by Jordan Williams, who sent an effort wide from a corner in the 90th minute with Dale’s final chance of the game.

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