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Rotherham United: Match Preview

18 September 2012

npower League Two: Rotherham United v Rochdale
The New York Stadium, September 18th, 7.45pm kick-off

Rochdale are back on the road this Tuesday evening with a trip to Rotherham United’s New York Stadium.

The match marks Dale’s second away match in the space of three days following Saturday’s outing at AFC Wimbledon. Dele Adebola and Bobby Grant were on the score-sheet in the 2-1 victory which ended a ten month wait for an away Rochdale win.

Buoyed by the weekend’s victory, John Coleman’s men head to the New York Stadium to face a Rotherham side who are unbeaten at home so far this season after taking maximum points in their opening three matches at their new venue.

Coleman has no new injury worries ahead of the trip, while the home side will be without midfielder David Noble. Millers Manager Steve Evans will again be missing from the dugout as he continues to serve a six match ban.

Speaking ahead of the fixture Coleman has been reflecting on the win which ended a ten month hoodoo, and head to Tuesday night’s encounter.

“It (not winning away from home) can become a bit of a mental block and I think that showed in the last 5/10 minutes because we got a bit anxious. We’ve got to believe that we’re going to be able to win games away from home and Saturday’s result will possibly make that happen now, it might just take a bit of pressure off the players.

“We’ll go to Rotherham believing. The players haven’t let their heads go down this season even when they’ve had set backs which is a good sign. We’re still learning each others game at the moment and when you have a whole new group of players it sometimes takes a little bit longer than you might have anticipated, but there are signs that we are doing a lot better and we’ve got to continue to build on that.”

Match officials:
Referee – Scott Duncan 
Assistant referess - Matthew Dicicco and Michael Salisbury
Fourth Official - Warren Broadbent

Last meeting:
Saturday, March 2nd 2010: Rochdale 4-0 Rotherham United
It has been over two years since the sides last met. Rochdale were 4-0 winners in the encounter at Spotland. Chris Dagnall, Craig Dawson and Chris O’Grady were on the score-sheet for Dale alongside Jamie Green who turned the ball into his own net.

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