Following two successive home fixtures, Dale are back on the road this weekend with a trip to Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium.
The squad set off on the 440 mile round trip to London on Friday morning.
Dale head into the encounter on the back of two successive home wins – the 4-0 victory over Walsall and the 1-0 win over Coventry City. Saturday’s opponents picked up a draw and a win in their last two league encounters following a 1-1 draw with Notts County and a 2-1 win over Scunthorpe United. They were in League Cup third round action on Tuesday night and exited the competition after conceding a solitary goal against Sheffield United.
Dale have no new injury worries ahead of the fixture, however, Manager Keith Hill will be without the suspended Joe Rafferty, who picked up his fifth yellow card of the season last Saturday.
The O’s Assistant manager Kevin Nugent will take control of Leyton Orient for the game following the resignation of Russell Slade on Wednesday.
Nugent will assess Goalkeeper Adam Legzdins and defender Scott Cuthbert ahead of the match, while striker Kevin Lisbie is a long-term absentee.
VIDEO: Keith Hill’s 11 minute pre-match interview is available to view on Dale Player. Click HERE to view it.
You can also read some of what he had to say by clicking HERE.
Referee: Darren Sheldrake
Assistant referees: Richard Kendall and Christopher Wade
Fourth Official: John Farries
LAST MEETING AT BRISBANE ROAD
May 5th 2012: Leyton Orient 2-1 Rochdale: League One
The sides last met the Matchroom Stadium on the final day of the 2012 season.
The home side opened up a 2-0 first half lead thanks to goals from Dean Cox and Moses Odubajo. A 75th minute goal from Reece Gray halved the deficit.
Dale XI on the day: M Edwards, S Darby, J Widdowson, K Amankwaah, D Holden, J Kennedy, G Jones, A Tutte, S Hackney, R Gray, JLAA. Subs: D Lucas, N Byrne, N Adams, J Thompson, M Symes.
The match is pay on the day. You can find admission prices HERE.
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Match odds can be found HERE.
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