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Preview | Coventry City (H)

21 February 2020

Rochdale AFC v Coventry City | Crown Oil Arena, Sky Bet League One, Saturday 22nd February 2020, 3:00pm Kick-Off

Rochdale welcome Coventry City to the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday.

Coventry are joint top of Sky Bet League One, and with a bumper away following set to descend on the Arena, Saturday's game is not one to be missed!

 

PRE-MATCH INTERVIEW

Read the thoughts of Brian Barry-Murphy ahead of tomorrow's game HERE. iFollow subscribers can watch his full pre-match interview HERE.

 

ADMISSION DETAILS

Supporters can pay cash through the turnstiles in the Smith Metals Family Stand and Sandy Lane Stand. Coventry fans can also pay cash at the turnstiles of the Reside Estate Agency Stand. Fans wishing to sit in the Main Stand must purchase a ticket before heading to the turnstiles. 

Click HERE to read our admission details for the 2019/20 season in full.

 

TICKET COLLECTIONS

All ticket collections can be made from the Ticket Collection Cabin, which is located on the Club's car park, opposite the five-a-side pitch.

Tickets will be available to collect from 1pm.

 

FIRST TIME VISITOR GUIDE

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!

 

AWAY SUPPORTERS’ GUIDE

If you are an Coventry fan making your way to the Crown Oil Arena for Saturday's game, click HERE and have a read of our Visiting Supporters’ Guide which is packed full of useful information.

We wish you all a safe journey!

 

HEAD TO HEAD

 

PRE-MATCH

We're holding a World Book Day session in Desmond's Den, with your chance to make your own Book Bag!

Youngsters can also play plenty of fun games, and play on the PlayStation 4s with the latest FIFA on them, as well as a junior event before the game.

Desmond’s Den / Carlsberg Lounge opens at 2pm. Click HERE for full details on how to access.

The Ratcliffe Bars, situated on the Club's car park, are open from midday this Saturday.

Click HERE to read what the Dale In The Community Sports Trust have going on.

 

GRAB A GRAND

For just £1, you can be in with a chance of winning £1,000 at Saturday's game!

There will be one guaranteed winner of £100, and the chance to win the Man of the Match's shirt.

Get your ticket from one of the sellers around the ground or from the Club Shop. Click HERE for full details.

 

REF WATCH

Referee | Christoper Sarginson

Assistant Referees | Alan Clayton & Richard Bartlett

Fourth Official | David Avent

 

MATCH ODDS

Sky Bet have Dale at 3/1 for a win on Saturday.

Don’t forget that Sky Bet customers who select Rochdale as their favourite team on their Sky Bet profile, for every losing bet made, 50% of the stake will be passed on to the Club!

So, if you are having a flutter ahead of the match, make sure you do it via Sky Bet and select Rochdale as your favourite team!

Click HERE for the full betting preview.

 

MATCHDAY PROGRAMME

Rochdale AFC’s matchday programme – The Voice of Spotland – returns for Saturday's game!

Purchase from the Club Shop and around the ground on matchday for just £3. Click HERE to read the full preview.

 

WE’VE GOT IT COVERED

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.

New for this season, match audio passes are available to purchase for just £2.50 for UK users. Click HERE to subscribe to iFollow or purchase a match pass.

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 throughout the match on Twitter, and follow our behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story (@officiallydale).

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Match Reports

Report | Dale 1-2 Coventry City

22 February 2020

Aaron Wilbraham's late strike wasn't enough to gain points as Dale lost out narrowly to league leaders Coventry City.

The visitors went in front on four minutes through Michael Rose.

A short corner was played to Liam Walsh. The midfielder’s cross into the area was misjudged by Robert Sánchez, allowing the defender to head the league leaders ahead.

There were big appeals for handball from the home side shortly after. Kwadwo Baah’s cross into the area found the head of Paul McShane.

His effort at goal struck the arm of a Coventry defender, though the referee waved away the protests.

Ian Henderson brought the best out of Marko Marosi between the Sky Blues’ sticks.

The Dale ever present’s instinctive flick from a Rhys Norrington-Davies cross was brilliantly saved down low from the Slovakian stopper. 

The visitors came close to a second on the half hour mark. Matty Godden’s strike required a last-ditch block from Eoghan O’Connell, which the Irishman pulled off to perfection.

O’Connell received a heavy knock just before the interval, with Jim McNulty starting the second half in his stead.

Sánchez kept the deficit at one with a superb save to deny a Matty Godden header on 60 minutes.

The second came with 20 minutes left. Former Dale man Jamie Allen’s through ball allowed Matty Godden to fire the visitors 2-0 ahead.

Dale hit back with an instant reply. Substitute Aaron Wilbraham brought down a ball over the top before poking it past Marosi for a late lifeline.

The home side were committed to grabbing the equaliser. Late chances for Matty Done and Paul McShane went wide of the mark.

Despite a strong showing from Dale, the Sky Blues left the Crown Oil Arena with all three points.

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