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Preview | Shrewsbury Town (A)

16 August 2019

Shrewsbury Town v Rochdale | Montgomery Waters Meadow, Sky Bet League One, Saturday 17th August 2019, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale are back in league action on Saturday, facing a trip to Shrewsbury Town’s Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup win over Bolton Wanderers made it two wins and a draw from the opening three games, with only an added time equaliser from Doncaster Rovers denying Dale a 100% record.

Shrewsbury picked up all three points in their opening game at home to Portsmouth, before suffering a late defeat at MK Dons last weekend, and a Carabao Cup defeat against Rotherham United on Tuesday.

 

PRE-MATCH INTERVIEW

Dale manager Brian Barry-Murphy says Saturday will be a great challenge for his side, but that they are in good form heading into the game.

Click HERE to read what he had to say, or watch on iFollow HERE.

 

OPPOSITION VIEW

Shrews boss Sam Ricketts said: “Rochdale are playing a different brand of football this year. They’re quite exciting to watch to be honest, they move the ball really well.”

Click HERE to read what he had to say in full on Shrewsbury's official website.

 

TEAM NEWS

Barry-Murphy has revealed that Rekeil Pyke has picked up a knock to his knee, and that it is touch and go as to whether he will play at Shrewsbury.

Ryan McLaughlin and Aaron Wilbraham also remained sidelined, although the former is nearing a return.

Click HERE to read what he had to say on those players in full.

 

ADMISSION DETAILS

Dale fans who didn’t purchase a ticket in advance can pay on the day at Shrewsbury on Saturday.

Please note that it is cash turnstiles only. There is no option to pay by card.

Click HERE for full details.

 

MONTGOMERY WATERS MEADOW

For an away fan guide to Montgomery Waters Meadow, click HERE to visit Shrewsbury’s official website.

 

MATCH ODDS

Sky Bet are offering odds of 13/5 for a Dale victory on Saturday. Click HERE for the full betting preview.

Make sure you select Rochdale as your favourite team on your Sky Bet profile, as Dale will receive 50% of any losing stake!

 

REF WATCH

Referee | Ben Toner

Assistant Referees | Anthony Moore & Andrew Hendley

Fourth Official | Matthew Smith

 

FLASHBACK

Who remembers our 4-3 comeback victory over Shrewsbury back in September 2007? Check out some memorable photos below!

 

HEAD TO HEAD

Shrewsbury Town

Draws

Dale

16

10

24

 

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We will be tweeting live updates throughout the match on Twitter, and follow our behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story (@officiallydale).

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Match Reports

Report | Shrewsbury Town 0-0 Dale

17 August 2019

Rochdale maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a hard-fought point from a goalless draw away at Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

There was a controversial end to the game, though, as Callum Camps, after much deliberation between the officials, had a goal ruled out in the 88th minute.

Ollie Rathbone replaced Aaron Morley in the starting eleven, while Matty Done started ahead of Rekeil Pyke who missed the match through injury.

Rochdale enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the first half, but the number of opportunities created were relatively even.

Ollie Rathbone had the first chance of the game, driving a fizzing effort narrowly over the bar from 25-yards after just three minutes, while former Dale loanee Ethan Ebanks-Landell, now at the Shrews, had a header tipped over the bar by Robert Sanchez 10 minutes later.

Matty Done could only drag an effort wide of the upright after a good move down the right, and Rathbone, after powering in on goal, cut inside but couldn’t quite get any power on his shot and Max O’Leary held.

Shortly before the half hour mark, Luke McCormick saw a well-struck volley blocked by the legs of Jim McNulty, while Sanchez pulled off a fine save to deny Steve Morison from close range.

In the last of the action, Aaron Pierre’s audacious overhead kick dropped narrowly wide of the far post.

HT | Shrewsbury Town 0-0 Rochdale

The home side started the second half the brighter of the two sides, but it was Rochdale who had the first opportunity on goal, when Jimmy Keohane stepped inside his man and saw a powerful shot from 25-yards blocked.

In the 57th minute, Aaron Morley replaced Done in Dale’s first substitution of the game.

Brian Barry-Murphy’s side started to build momentum as the half continued, putting the home side under pressure, creating the best of the opportunities.

Camps struck a thunderous free-kick at goal which was punched clear by O’Leary. It was only as far as MJ Williams, though, who hit the rebound over the bar.

Soon after, there were shouts for a penalty in favour of Dale after Ian Henderson went down inside the area as he attacked a Rathbone ball into the area, but the referee wasn’t interested.

Stephen Dooley troubled the goalkeeper and had a shot parried behind for a corner as Rochdale hit the Shrews on the counter. It was the Northern Irishman’s last touch of the game as he made way for Calvin Andrew. When Norrington-Davies’ corner finally came in, it was punched away to Camps who struck narrowly wide from 20-yards.

Shrewsbury’s first real opportunity of the second half came in the 76th minute, when Shaun Whalley forced Sánchez into a save down his left. Substitute Fejiri Okenabirhie should have done better from the rebound, but he fired wide of the target from six-yards.

Camps linked up with Henderson down the right, and the Dale skipper pulled the ball back for Rathbone, who, in a dangerous position, couldn’t make a clean connection and the Shrews defended away.

In the 88th minute, Rochdale had a goal ruled out in controversial circumstances. Norrington-Davies got in behind and pulled the ball back for Camps who stroked the ball home with his left-foot. But the celebrations were short-lived, because, after discussion between the officials, it was deemed that Henderson had interfered with play from an offside position.

But still Dale came forward, Camps in amongst the thick of the action once more, as they searched for a winner. Henderson clipped a delivery to the back post for the Academy graduate, but the 23-year-old was caught unawares and the ball inadvertently struck him and went behind.

In stoppage time, Morley had a curling effort held by O’Leary.

FT | Shrewsbury Town 0-0 Rochdale

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