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11 February 2020 Venue Stadium of Light Attendance

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Preview | Sunderland (A)

11 February 2020

Sunderland v Rochdale AFC | Stadium of Light | Sky Bet League One, Tuesday 11th February 2020, 7.45pm Kick-Off

Following a point on the road at Doncaster on Saturday, Brian Barry-Murphy’s men travel to the north east.

Sunderland have revived their promotion hopes under Phil Parkinson, losing just once since the turn of the year.

Dale have only visited the Stadium of Light once before and will be encouraged after a strong away showing on Saturday.  



Brian Barry-Murphy praised the away following of the club so far this season. “We can’t wait to go to their stadium and take them on. Our support away from home has been amazing this season.”

Read his full pre-match quotes HERE.



Dale fans who didn’t purchase a ticket in advance can pay on the day at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland operate a CASH ONLY turnstile (turnstile #71) for adults and children. Concessions can purchase at the ticket office but again this is cash only.

Click HERE for full details.



Sunderland have provided a first-time visitor guide for Dale fans attending the match at the Stadium of Light.

You can view it HERE.



Dale supporters are welcome in the Fan Zone, situated in the ‘Beacon of Light’

Local Pubs near the ground include - Colliery Tavern, Hilton Hotel. The fan zone is open for all fans too located outside the East Stand of the Stadium of Light



Sunderland recommend St Mary's car park (postcode SR1 3AH). A few other car parks are recommended in the stadium guide link above.



Referee | Graham Salisbury

Assistant Referees | Kevin Mulraine & Geoffrey Liddle

Fourth Official | Garreth Rhodes



Sky Bet are offering odds of 13/2 for a Dale win on Tuesday.

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!

Click HERE for the full betting preview.











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Match Reports

Report | Sunderland 3-0 Dale

11 February 2020

Dale were soundly beaten on Tuesday night, losing 3-0 to play-off chasing Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Three first-half goals courtesy of a Lynden Gooch brace and an own goal from Eoghan O’Connell saw the home side take all three points.

Brian Barry-Murphy made two changes to the side which drew 1-1 on Saturday against Doncaster Rovers – Stephen Dooley replaced the injured Ollie Rathbone and O’Connell came in for Paul McShane.

The hosts went close with three minutes on the clock, Bailey Wright heading over from a corner.

Luke O’Nien then attacked down the right flank, before crossing for Gooch who stabbed just wide.

Gooch opened the scoring after another cross came in from the right-hand side, converting past the despairing Robert Sánchez.

Sunderland doubled their lead when a cross from O’Nien was diverted into his own net by O’Connell as he attempted to clear.

Gooch scored his second after O’Nien’s shot was saved by the feet of Sánchez, slotting home on the rebound.

O’Nien had an effort on goal which was blocked by O’Connell, Sánchez dealing with the ball at the second attempt.

In the second half, Gooch had an effort on goal from range, which was comfortable for Sánchez.

Jimmy Ryan nearly pulled one back for Dale when his powerful drive was parried by Jon McLaughlin.

Dale nearly scored a consolation through Ian Henderson who broke clear before his attempted lob landed on the roof of the net.

O’Nien almost made it four when he found space in the box on the right, his shot turned behind by Sánchez.

Barry-Murphy’s men are next in action on Saturday, as they host Tranmere Rovers at the Crown Oil Arena.

Ticket details for the match are available HERE.

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