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Preview: Northampton Town

18 November 2014


Rochdale welcome Northampton Town to Spotland on Tuesday night for an FA Cup first round replay, after stalemate at the Sixfields Stadium ten days ago.

The winners of the tie will go on to face either Portsmouth or Aldershot Town away on Sunday 7th December.

This is only the second time that the Cobblers will have visited Spotland for an FA Cup clash. The 27th January 1990 was the date when the sides last met in the famous competition, with Rochdale coming out 3-0 winners. Dale progressed into the fifth Round of the Cup that year, eventually being knocked out by Crystal Palace.

As with the original tie at Sixfields, Goalkeeper Conrad Logan and Reuben Noble-Lazarus are eligible to play having been given permission from their respective clubs, Leicester City and Barnsley, however, defender Jack O’Connell hasn’t been allowed to play by parent club Blackburn Rovers. Ian Henderson will miss the game as he serves the second of his three match suspension, while Peter Vincenti (knee) is Dale’s only long term absentee.

For the visitors, left-back Tom Newey is out on the sidelines after suffering ligament damage in Friday’s game at Cambridge United. Lawson D’Ath will also miss the game through injury, while Evan Horwood and Lewis Hornby, who have returned to light training, are also expected to miss out.

PREVIEW
You can read what Manager Keith Hill had to say ahead of the fixture HERE.

LAST MEETING AT SPOTLAND
October 22nd 2013: Rochdale 3-2 Northampton Town: League Two

It was a night to remember at Spotland when Dale lasted hosted Northampton Town. A late come back from Rochdale saw Keith Hill’s side move two points clear at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table with a 3-2 win over the Cobblers.

The visitors opened the scoring inside the first minute of the game through a wonderful strike from Luke Norris, before Ian Henderson levelled the match on 25 minutes. Stuart Dallas re-gained the lead for the Cobblers thirteen minutes later, but in a spirited fashion, Rochdale struck twice in the advance stages of the match through Michel Rose and George Donnelly to seal the victory.

Dale XI on the night: Josh Lillis, Joe Rafferty, Oliver Lancashire, Peter Vincenti, Matthew Lund, Bastien Hery, Jack O'Connell, Michael Rose, Graham Cummins, Gary Dicker, Ian Henderson. SUBSTITUTES: Robbie Thomson, Rhys Bennett, Ashley Eastham, Andrew Tutte, George Donnelly, Jamie Allen, Joe Bunney.

TICKET INFORMATION
Admission prices have been reduced for the tie. You’ll find admission prices HERE. Please note that supporters can pay on the night.

FIRST TIME VISITOR?
Click HERE to view our first time visitors’ guide.

PRE-MATCH
Join us in the Ratcliffe Bar/ Dale Bar, or Studds from 5pm Visiting supporters are welcome.

MATCH COVERAGE
Live commentary coverage of the game will be available on Dale Player, with the programme getting underway at 7:35pm. Not got Dale Player? You can sign up HERE.

We’ll be tweeting live from the game via @officiallydale there will be key updates on the Dale Wall. You can access the Wall by clicking HERE


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