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14 August 2021 Venue Crown Oil Arena Attendance

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Preview | Scunthorpe United (H)

13 August 2021

Rochdale vs Scunthorpe United | Sky Bet League Two, Saturday 14th August, Crown Oil Arena, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale are back at the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday, as we welcome Scunthorpe United in Sky Bet League Two.

It will be the first competitive game of football, with fans in attendance, to take place at our home since March 2020.

The game also marks Robbie Stockdale's first home league match in charge of the club.

BUY TICKETS NOW

Supporters can purchase tickets for Saturday's game right up until kick-off via our online ticketing website.

Simply buy online and scan the ticket, which will be emailed to you, at the turnstiles upon arrival! You can either scan the email direct from your phone, or print off your ticket at home to scan on the day.

Please note, there will be no sales from the Ticket Office on matchday. There are also no cash turnstiles at the Crown Oil Arena, due to the ground now having automatic turnstiles.

For supporters who are collecting their 2021/22 Season Card / Dale Rewards Card on Saturday, click HERE for full information.

MATCHDAY INFORMATION

For all the information you need on admission details, kiosks, bars and much more is in our matchday information pack.

Click HERE to read.

PRE-MATCH INTERVIEW

Manager Robbie Stockdale is looking forward to his first competitive home game in charge of the club.

Click HERE to watch in full on YouTube or HERE to read what he had to say.

OPPOSITION VIEW

Click HERE to read what Scunthorpe manager Neil Cox had to say ahead of the game.

REF WATCH

Referee | Martin Coy
Assistant Referees | Grant Taylor & Jonathon Bickerdike
Fourth Official | Steven Rushton

FLASHBACK

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Supporters in the UK & Ireland can listen to audio commentary of the game on iFollow Dale. Supporters overseas can also watch the game live!

Click HERE to purchase your match pass now. Commentary gets underway at 2.50pm.

Fans are reminded that, with COVID capacity restrictions lifted and fixtures being played in front of full crowds again, the EFL, in respect of domestic streaming, will return to the position as was prior to the pandemic when the live broadcast or streaming of any match in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is prohibited between the hours of 2:45pm-5:15pm on Saturday afternoon.

Therefore, there will be no option to watch Saturday matchday fixtures during the above times live on iFollow Dale in the UK. However, EFL Clubs will have the right to live-stream midweek matches on iFollow in the UK.

Click HERE for full details on 2021/22 streaming information.

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Match Reports

Report | Rochdale 0-0 Scunthorpe United

14 August 2021

Rochdale claimed a point from their opening home game of the 2021/22 camopaign, following an goalless draw with Scunthorpe United at the Crown Oil Arena.

There were full debuts for George Broadbent, Sam Graham and Danny Cashman, who were named in the starting eleven, while Josh Andrews, who joined the club on loan from Birmingham City on Monday, started on the bench. Eoghan O’Connell returned to the team after recovering from the achilles problem that kept him sidelined for the opening day fixture at Harrogate Town, as Manager Robbie Stockdale made five changes to the side that started against Town last weekend. 

Dale enjoyed plenty of possession during the opening exchanges as they started the half brightly, on a day when supporters and staff came together on three minutes in a ‘Clap for Cloughie’ to remember David Clough’s legacy.

Early on, Cashman sent an effort over from Matty Done’s free-kick, while Beesley, on the turn, had a shot held at the near post by Rory Watson in the Scunthorpe United goal. 

Dale had dominated for large spells, and the best chance of the half so far came in the 20th minute, when Beesley got a diving header on an inviting Done delivery, glancing it across the face of goal and inches wide at the far post.

Shortly after the half hour, the Iron had a rare sight on goal but Lewis Thompson’s effort was well-held by Jay Lynch. 

Dale should have been ahead with 41 minutes on the clock but were denied by Watson. A ball in from the right fell centrally for Cashman, whose low goal-ward bound shot was superbly kept out by the ‘keeper. 

Before the half was out, Tom Pugh fired a half volley well-wide, while Harry Davis also stuck well-wide, both without troubling Lynch. 

HT | ROCHDALE 0-0 SCUNTHORPE UNITED

Done saw an effort from 25-yards dip over the bar shortly after the interval, before Lynch, up the other end, came to claim Davis’ flick on from a long Pugh throw while under pressure, and Alfie Beestin fired well-wide from 25-yards. 

Although the Iron were improved after the break, Rochdale looked comfortable, limiting opportunities for the visitors, and, again, dominated for large spells. 

Dale’s first substitution came in the 65th minute, when Cashman made way for Abraham Odoh. He was involved immediately with great work to set up Newby, whose shot was blocked. 

He then curled an effort over from 20-yards.

A second changed followed eight minutes from time, with Stephen Dooley replacing Sam Graham.

As the game approached four minutes of added time, Broadbent turned an Odoh delivery wide, after he had the difficult task of controlling the cross from the left with his midriff. 

In stoppage time, Corey O'Keeffe put a great block in on Mason O'Malley's shot inside the area, before Dale race down the other end on the counter-attack and Done fired over from outside the area. 

FT | ROCHDALE 0-0 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 

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