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Preview | Coventry City (A)

31 August 2018

Coventry City v Rochdale | Ricoh Arena, Sky Bet League One, Saturday 1st September 2018, 3pm Kick-Off


Keith Hill's Pre-Match Quotes - Coventry City

31 August 2018

Dale return to Sky Bet League One action with a trip to the Ricoh Arena to face Coventry City on Saturday.

Keith Hill's men are unbeaten on the road in the league so far this season and were unlucky not to take Championship side Middlesbrough to penalties in the second round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

He has made two additions to his squad since that game, bringing Sam Hart back to the club on loan from Blackburn Rovers, along with Nottingham Forest's Zach Clough.

Coventry City currently sit 17th in the league table, with one win and two draws from their opening five games following their instant return to this level after a season in League Two.



Keith Hill says he was encouraged by Tuesday night's performance ahead of the trip to the Ricoh Arena.

Read the Gaffer's pre-match thoughts HERE. Watch his pre-match interview on iFollow HERE.



Coventry boss Mark Robins is looking forward to an exciting game on Saturday. He said: "We've looked at Rochdale, they had a game a game on Tuesday night up at Middleborough. They're a good side, Keith does really well with them."

Click HERE to read what Robins had to say in full on Coventry's official website.



Supporters who didn’t purchase in advance from the RAFC Ticket Office can still pay on the day at the Ricoh Arena.

Please note, it is CASH ONLY through turnstile five. Click HERE for admission prices.




For an away fan guide to the Ricoh Arena, visit Coventry’s website by clicking HERE.

Full address | Ricoh Arena, Judds Lane, Foleshill, Coventry, CV6 6GE.



Referee | Charles Breakspear

Assistant Referees | Anthony Da Costa & Marc Wilson

Fourth Official | Abbas Khan










Club News

Flashback | Coventry City 0-1 Dale

30 August 2018


Dale have visited the Ricoh Arena three times, winning once, drawing once and losing once.

The win came in March 2016, when Ian Henderson’s 89th minute penalty proved to be the difference.

Click HERE for the full flashback, including highlights.



Sky Bet are offering odds of 19/10 for a Dale victory on Saturday.

Click HERE for the full betting 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 | Coventry City 0-1 Dale

1 September 2018

Rochdale secured three points from a pulsating encounter at the Ricoh Arena, thanks to a second-half goal from Calvin Andrew.

Both side had chances in the first period, but it was the hosts who created the majority, although they wasted their openings.

Dale made them pay at the start of the second period, when Andrew opened his account for the season just over a minute after the restart.

Ian Henderson had the ball in the back of the net twice but both were ruled out for offside, before Keith Hill’s men had to dig-in and defend superbly to secure a magnificent three points on the road.

There were three changes to the side that lined up against Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup. Having impressed at the Riverside Stadium, Stephen Dooley earned his first start for the club to make his EFL debut. Joe Rafferty returned to the eleven, as did Matty Done.

A pulsating opening saw Rochdale start the game brightly and they won a corner inside the first minute, resulting in Lee Burge being called into action. From Dooley’s corner, which was initially defended away, the ball fell for Callum Camps, who saw his half-volley tipped over the bar by the goalkeeper.

Dooley had an effort from distance held by Burge, before Ryan Delaney sent a looping header just over the bar.

Having started slowly, the home side grew into the game and were relentless for a spell. Dale were under the cosh, as the Sky Blues came close on several occasions during a rampant spell of pressure.

After getting up the right, the pacey Jack Grimmer sent a dangerous low ball across goal but Tony Andreu dragged his effort wide.

Sixty seconds later and they were in on goal again, but Luke Thomas struck past the post this time.

Jonson Clarke-Harris had the Sky Blues’ best chance of the half in the 23rd minute, when he came within inches of putting the home side in front. He could only steer his header narrowly past the post, though.  

On the half hour, Ian Henderson curled an effort from the edge of the area at Burge, before Coventry came close again, when Andreu flashed an effort just wide of the upright.

Before the half was out, Dominic Hyam got up to meet a Coventry free-kick into the area and headed narrowly wide.


Rochdale started the second half in the same manner they had the first, and they took the lead two minutes after the restart.

Dooley played a short corner to Rafferty, who curled the ball to the back post where it was met by Andrew. The hosts thought they’d denied him on the line, but the referee was quick to award the goal.

Dale were dominant and Cannon, a short time later, had an effort saved at the near post before seeing his rebound, from the tightest of angles, comes off the face of the bar.

Andrew almost had a second when he latches on the end of Done’s cross, but headed narrowly wide.

Keith Hill’s side had the ball in the back of the net of the in the 56th minute. Captain Henderson had beaten Burge with an excellent finish, only to see his ‘goal’ ruled out for offside.

Rochdale’s first change of the game followed on the hour mark, when David Perkins replaced MJ Williams.

Dale were on the ascendancy and soon after had three opportunities kept out in quick succession.

Andrew had a header blocked from a Dooley corner, before Rafferty has a shot on the rebound charged down and Done then one saved.

Coventry should had been level a minute later, but Clarke-Harrison could only head wide from six-yards.

A short time later, the home side had their first shot on target, when Thomas forced Magnus Norman to parry away a powerful shot.

In the 71st minute, Henderson had the ball in the back of the net for a second time, having latched onto the end of a Cannon through ball, but again he was flagged for offside.

And two minutes later Dale were let off the hook, as Thomas, who capitalised on a loose Dale pass inside his own half, used his speed to drive at goal, getting in one-on-one with Norman, and hit wide of the target.

The Coventry man blasted then over the bar from the edge of the 18-yard box soon after.

Cannon was replaced by Ollie Rathbone in the 79th minute, and Dale were forced into a further change six minutes later when Norman was clattered into as he rose to compete for a corner a ball. Bleeding, he went off for treatment and was replaced by Brendan Moore.

Stephen Dooley was also struggling with an injury which he had picked up in the build-up to Norman’s injury.

The home side kept pushing late on, but Dale defended resolutely and held on to a superb three points away from home.


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