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Preview | Sunderland (A)

21 September 2018

Sunderland v Rochdale | Stadium of Light, Sky Bet League One, Saturday 22nd September 2018, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale make their first ever visit to Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on Saturday in Sky Bet League One.

Keith Hill’s men are unbeaten in four and also unbeaten on the road in the league so far, and head into the game off the back of a 3-0 win over Gillingham last weekend.

After three wins and a draw from their first four league games, the Black Cats have gone three without a win, including their first defeat at Burton Albion last weekend.

Over 1,000 tickets have already been purchased by Dale supporters for the game, with the option to pay on the day at the Stadium of Light, too. Thank you for your support!



Keith Hill has been on pre-match interview duties this week.

iFollow subscribers can watch his interview HERE, whilst there are FREE versions of the interview available HERE.



Sunderland boss Jack Ross spoke of his respect for the work his counterpart Hill has done at Dale.

“I’ve got an enormous amount of respect for what Keith Hill has done there, as his record has been terrific in terms of gaining the club promotions and establishing themselves in this league.

“They obviously had a good result last week and their away record is very good as well. It will be another tough game for us.”

Click HERE to read what Ross had to say on Sunderland’s official website.



Supporters who didn’t purchase in advance from the RAFC Ticket Office can pay on the day at the Stadium of Light.

Click HERE for admission details, including prices.



For a full stadium guide to the Stadium of Light, visit Sunderland’s website by clicking HERE.

The away end where Dale fans will be housed is on the top tier, so for elderly and disabled supporters there is a lift that is available in the Black Cats Bar that they can use.

Stewards at the Stadium of Light will have lift passes which fans can collect on arrival, or if supporters ask stewards at the entrance of the Black Cats Bar you can use the lift for entry.

Post Code | Stadium Of Light, Sunderland, SR5 1SU.



Sunderland have a fanzone outside the stadium available for all supporters to use before kick-off. It opens at 12pm and will close 15 minutes before kick-off. It includes catering kiosks to purchase food and drink, as well as games and activities for supporters, including a street football pitch and PlayStations with FIFA 18.

Click HERE for full details on Sunderland’s website.



Referee | Trevor Kettle

Assistant Referees | Geoffrey Liddle & Simon Clayton

Fourth Official | David Avent



Sky Bet are offering odds of 29/10 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 | Sunderland 4-1 Dale

22 September 2018

Dale’s unbeaten record away from home in Sky Bet League One came to an end at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

A brace from Josh Maja and a penalty from Lynden Gooch saw the hosts go into the break 3-0 up, despite a promising start to the game from Dale.

Gooch added another after the break, before Matty Done grabbed a consolation goal after coming on as a second-half substitute.

Keith Hill named an unchanged starting eleven and substitute’s bench for the game, following last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Gillingham.

Dale started the game well and were arguably the better side in the opening half an hour, as Calvin Andrew saw a header from a Sam Hart free-kick deflected over the crossbar, before Hill’s men created a great chance to break the deadlock.

Ian Henderson, the hat-trick hero from last week, stayed onside well to pick up a ball forward and lay it off to Aaron Wilbraham. The experienced striker took a touch inside, but curled his effort off target from the edge of the area.

The home side built up a head of steam towards the end of the first-half and broke the deadlock in the 37th minute. Chris Maguire’s cross from the left found Maja unmarked, who headed home from close range.

The Black Cats doubled the lead four minutes later from the penalty spot. After Ollie Rathbone had brought down Gooch on the right of the area, the same player stepped up and fired a powerful penalty out of the reach of Josh Lillis.

Sunderland goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin produced a fine save to deny Hart’s powerful effort after Callum Camps lay-off from a free-kick, as Dale looked to half the deficit before half-time.

However, it was the hosts who grabbed another on the stroke of the interval. Denver Hume’s ball from the left fell for Maja, who took a touch before firing under Lillis for his second of the game.

The final chance of the half did fall Dale’s way, when Andrew’s looping header from Joe Rafferty’s cross dropped just the wrong side of the post.

Dale started the second period well, with Henderson nodding wide after a corner had been turned back in by Wilbraham, before McLaughlin produced two superb stops to deny Andrew and Henderson.

Andrew was the first to be denied when his powerful effort six-yards was beaten away, before the Sunderland goalkeeper stretched a hand out to brilliantly flick Henderson’s header over the bar.

Hume and Lee Cattermole both fired well off target, but Gooch grabbed his second and Sunderland’s fourth when he cut inside onto his left foot and curled a low effort beyond Lillis to the far post.

Hart saw a strike from distance held by McLaughlin, shortly before Dale grabbed a deserved goal.

Harrison McGahey played a ball down the line for substitute Jordan Williams, who beat his man to the ball and pulled the ball back for fellow sub Done to slot home with his right foot, with what proved to be a consolation goal for Dale.

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