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Preview | Walsall (H)

6 April 2023

Rochdale vs Walsall | Sky Bet League Two, Good Friday 7th April, Crown Oil Arena, 3pm Kick-Off

Dale return to the Crown Oil Arena after almost three weeks away, as we welcome Walsall in Sky Bet League Two.

Jim McNulty picked up a 1-0 win at AFC Wimbledon in the first game of his interim spell in charge last weekend.

Walsall drew 1-1 at home to Sutton United to take them to 50 points and they sit 13th in the table.

The Saddlers were 1-0 winners in the reverse fixtures between the sides earlier this season.


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

There are no cash turnstiles at the Crown Oil Arena, due to the ground having automatic turnstiles, so tickets must be purchased before heading to the turnstiles.

We now have several points to buy tickets from using cash. Click HERE for full details.

Turnstiles open an hour before kick-off at 2pm.

The Ticket Office will also be open after the match, giving supporters the chance to buy tickets for our upcoming away matches, as well as our home game against Bradford City which is all ticket.


For all the information you need to make the most of your visit to the Crown Oil Arena on Friday, click HERE.


Jim McNulty looked ahead to the game, following Dale's 1-0 win against AFC Wimbledon last weekend.

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

Liam Kelly also spoke to the club's website prior to Dale's Good Friday game against Walsall.

Click HERE to watch his full interview on YouTube. 



Click HERE to listen to what Walsall manager Mike Flynn said ahead of the game.

Walsall goalkeeper Owen Evans also spoke to the press ahead of their visit to the Crown Oil Arena.

Click HERE to watch his full interview on YouTube.


Referee | Andy Haines
Assistant Referees | Simon Clayton & Richard Wigglesworth
Fourth Official | Mark Jones


Dale Draw Walsall
27 17 24


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


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Match Reports

Report | Dale 4-2 Walsall

7 April 2023

Dale made it back-to-back wins under Jim McNulty with a 4-2 victory at home to Walsall.

Jamille Matt put the visitors ahead, before two goals in two minutes from Ian Henderson and Abraham Odoh put Dale ahead at half-time.

Tom Knowles equalised after the break, but Max Taylor and Ethan Brierley scored to secure all three points.

Interim Manager McNulty stuck with the same starting 11 that gained three points at AFC Wimbledon, and Dale made a promising start with Odoh seeing a shot blocked wide and a Brierley shot from distance also being diverted just off target.

A patient, passing move led to Jimmy Keohane clipping a ball over the top for Lloyd, who poked narrowly wide from close range.

The visitors’ first real chance came through Knowles, whose stunning effort hit the inside of both posts before rolling away from danger.

However, the Saddlers equalised shortly afterwards, when a Matt hooked a ball home after a partially cleared corner had come back into the Dale area.

Isaac Hutchinson shot wide and Odoh fired one off target after a nice nutmeg on his marker, shortly before D’Mani Mellor had an effort well tipped round the post by goalkeeper Owen Evans.

The equaliser came three minutes before the break, when Taylor’s shot from outside the area was diverted into the bottom corner by Henderson. With that, he became the club’s leading league goalscorer of all-time, on 120.

Just two minutes later, Dale were ahead. A superbly worked move around the Walsall penalty area saw Odoh and Henderson link up, before it was played to Lloyd who laid it back off to Odoh. His shot rocketed off the underside of the bar and appeared to cross the line, before it span back out and was turned home by a determined Lloyd.

Just five minutes after the break the visitors equalised, when Knowles picked up on a loose pass on the halfway line and drove towards goal, keeping his composure to slot past Richard O’Donnell.

Walsall had the ball in the back of the net again moments later, but the goal was chalked off for a foul in the build-up, and Dale took full advantage by taking the lead themselves.

A corner was sent into the back post area where Taylor brought it down and fired a powerful effort from a tight angle, which found the far corner.

Mellor fired a powerful effort narrowly over and O’Donnell turned Hutchinson’s shot from distance wide of his upright.

In the 65th minute Dale made it four, in contentious circumstances, when Brierley picked up on Evans’ scuffed clearance and shot from 40-yards. The goalkeeper got back and caught the effort, before spilling the ball and appearing to stop it before it crossed the line, although the assistant referee flagged to signal a goal.

O’Donnell made a fine save low to his right to deny Conor Wilkinson to keep the two goal cushion, and that was how it ended, as Dale made it two wins from two under McNulty.

Dale XI | O’Donnell, Keohane, Taylor, Ebanks-Landell, Dodgson, Kelly, Brierley, Lloyd, Mellor, Odoh, Henderson.

Subs | Eastwood, Seriki, Ball, Graham, Quigley, John, Mullarkey.

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