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21 September 2019 Venue Highbury Stadium Attendance

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Preview | Fleetwood Town (A)

20 September 2019

Fleetwood Town v Rochdale | Highbury Stadium, Sky Bet League One, Saturday 21st September 2019, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale travel to Highbury Stadium to face Fleetwood Town in Sky Bet League One on Saturday.

The Cod Army have started the season well, winning four of their first eight league games.

Both matches between the two sides ended all square last season. Ian Henderson grabbed a stoppage time equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Fleetwood.

 

PRE-MATCH INTERVIEW

Brian Barry-Murphy wants his side to be on the front foot in Saturday’s game.

Click HERE to read what he had to say, or watch his interview in full on iFollow HERE.

 

ADMISSION DETAILS

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

Please note that tickets must be bought from the Fleetwood Ticket Office/Club Shop before heading to the gate. There will be no cash turnstiles in operation.

Click HERE for full details.

 

HIGHBURY STADIUM

For matchday details at Highbury Stadium, click HERE to visit Fleetwood’s official website.

 

MATCH ODDS

Sky Bet are offering odds of 4/1 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 | Graham Salisbury

Assistant Referees | Matthew Jones & Peter Gooch

Fourth Official | Geoffrey Liddle

 

HEAD TO HEAD

Fleetwood Town

Draws

Dale

4

8

4

 

FLASHBACK

 

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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 | Fleetwood 2-1 Dale

21 September 2019

Dale were beaten 2-1 by Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium, as the hosts continued their unbeaten home run, which stretches back to February.

Rekeil Pyke had put Dale in front with a fine finish, but Danny Andrew equalised midway through the opening period.

Ched Evans netted the winning goal in the 87th minute, meeting a cross from the left to secure all three points for the hosts.

Brian Barry-Murphy made one change to his side from Tuesday night’s draw against Lincoln City, as Luke Matheson replaced Jimmy Keohane at right-back.

The hosts had the first effort of the game as Danny Andrew curled wide of the far post, but it was Dale who made the ideal start, taking the lead inside eight minutes.

Ian Henderson received the ball down the left and crossed to the back post for Matheson. He nodded back into the path of Pyke, who displayed a great touch and turn, before firing beyond Alex Cairns from the edge of the six-yard box.

Wes Burns fired wide of the far post after intercepting Robert Sánchez’s kick out, whilst Henderson scooped an effort over the bar following Pyke’s square ball across the area.

Dale made an early substitution when Jimmy Ryan replaced Eoghan O’Connell in the 18th minute.

The scores were level four minutes later when Burns’ cross from the right found its way to Danny Andrew at the back post, and he finished first time.

The Fleetwood scorer then forced Sánchez into a parry with a wayward cross, before he collected a follow up header.

The stopper then held comfortably from Josh Morris’ low effort, whilst Kyle Dempsey and Ched Evans sent strikes off target.

Aaron Morley replaced Pyke shortly after the break, after the Dale goalscorer appeared to pick up a knock.

Morris’ well struck effort was well held by Sánchez to his left, before Danny Andrew sent a free-kick well over for the hosts.

Calvin Andrew replaced Henderson midway through the second period as Dale looked to put themselves back in front, with Ryan seeing a shot deflected wide.

However, it was the hosts who grabbed the winning goal three minutes from time. A whipped cross from the left was met by the head of Evans, who nodded into the near post.

Dale pushed for a late equaliser, but couldn’t carve out the chance they needed to rescue a point.

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