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Preview: Wycombe Wanderers

9 November 2012

Manager John Coleman looks ahead to Saturday's trip to Adams Park

Rochdale are back on the road this weekend as they head to Buckinghamshire to face Wycombe Wanderers.

The trip to Adams Park is the third away match in eight days for John Coleman’s side following outings at Morecambe’s Globe Arena in the FA Cup last Saturday, and Port Vale’s Vale Park on Tuesday night.

Second half goals from Bobby Grant and Andrew Tutte saw Dale overturn a two-nil deficit and take a deserved point from the match against the Valiants.

This weekend’s opponents are currently third from bottom in the division and have picked up 13 points so far this season. Their home form has seen them win one, draw three and lose three at Adams Park this term.

Phil Edwards will miss the trip as he sits out the game through suspension following his yellow card in the midweek draw against Port Vale. The caution has taken the defender to five for the season meaning he must now serve a one match ban. New loan signing Terry Gornell is available for selection for the encounter.

Manager John Coleman has been reflecting on Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw against the Valiants and ahead to this weekend’s fixture against Wycombe.

“I think what we’ve showed this season is a great amount of character and a great amount of fight,” said Coleman on his sides determination to turn Tuesday night’s game on its head. “You need both, one is no good without the other and if we can start getting our football going we can be a force in this league.

“From an impartial point of view Wycombe have probably got a bigger budget than us so you’d expect them to win at home. Yes they haven’t had the best results so far this season but they won’t be the only team like that. Plenty of teams have had poor runs, us included, so I don’t think you can take the table into account at the moment. They are a good side, they’ve got an experienced manager in Gareth Ainsworth and
I’m expecting a tough game.”

He continued: “We go into every game believing we can win but we know haven’t got a divine right to win and we certainly don’t think that teams are going roll over for us.”

Match Officials
Referee – Keith Stroud
Assistant referees – David Avent and Paul Harris
Fourth official – Adrian Gillett

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