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Preview: Coventry City

19 September 2014


Rochdale host Coventry City in a league match for the first time in almost 90 years this Saturday, as Dale welcome the Sky Blues to Spotland.

It’s the first league meeting between the two sides since the 1925/26 season, however, they have met more recently, with Dale recording an FA Cup fourth round victory over Coventry City in 2003.

Rochdale head into Saturday’s encounter on the back of Tuesday night’s emphatic victory over Walsall, while ten man Coventry slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Scunthorpe United. Reda Johnson was shown a straight red card during the game and will miss the trip to Spotland through suspension.

Josh Lillis (ankle), Matty Lund (shoulder) and Jack Muldoon (groin) will again be absent for Dale through injury, however, Manager Keith Hill has no new injury worries.

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Philip Gibbs
Assistant referees: David Storrie and Danny Gratton
Fourth Official: Paul Hodskinson

LAST MEETING AT SPOTLAND
January 25th 2003: Rochdale 2-0 Coventry City: FA Cup fourth round

Rochdale reached the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Coventry City when the two sides last met at Spotland.

Goals from Paul Connor and Gareth Griffiths ensured victory for Dale.

Dale XI on the day: N Edwards, W Evans, G Griffiths, S Hill, S Grand, D Flitcroft, P Simpson, G Melaugh, M Oliver, C Platt, P O’Connor. Subs: M Gilks, S Warner, L Hodges, K Townson, L McEvilly.

The last league meeting between the two sides was almost 90 years ago, during the 1925/26 season in the old Division 3 North. Dale were 4-1 winners in the home match, with a 2-2 score-line in the away fixture.

TICKET INFORMATION
The match is pay on the day. You can find admission prices HERE.

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 12 noon. Visiting supporters are welcome. Click HERE for full details.

FANCY A FLUTTER?
Match odds can be found HERE.

MATCH COVERAGE
Live commentary coverage of the game will be available on Dale Player, with the programme getting underway at around 2.55pm. 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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