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Preview: Bristol City

27 February 2015

Rochdale are back on the road this weekend as they face league leaders Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Saturday afternoon.


The squad set-off on their overnight trip on Friday morning.

Dale head into the match on the back of Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United, while the Robins were 3-1 winners of Doncaster midweek.

Rochdale will be without Calvin Andrew, Stephen Dawson, Olly Lancashire and Matty Lund, who are all injured. Jamie Jones could make his debut after joining on loan from Preston North End on Thursday. 

Bristol City Manager, Steve Cotterill, is said to have a full squad to choose from.


PRE-MATCH
You can watch Manager Keith Hill’s interview on Dale Player by clicking HERE. 

You can read some of what he had to say HERE


THE OPPOSITION
In charge – Steve Cotterill
League position – 1st on 67 points 
Top goal scorer  Aaron Wilbraham – 11 goals


LAST MEETING BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES
Rochdale 1-1 Bristol City: August 23rd 2014

Rochdale and Bristol City enjoyed a share of the spoils when the two sides met at Spotland back in August. 

Luke Freeman opened the scoring with just over a quarter of an hour gone. Ian Henderson netted Dale’s equaliser elven minutes after the interval.

Dale XI on the day: Logan, Rafferty, Bennett, Eastham, Tanser, Kennedy, Allen, Hery, Vincenti, Henderson, Done. Subs: Diba, Andrew, Dawson, Rose, Camps, Bunney, Donnelly.


Saturday's match is the first time Dale will have faced Bristol City away from home since the 1983/84 season. The game was played on March 13th 1984 - the final score was 1-1.


MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: James Adcock 
Assistant referees: Andrew Hendley and Timothy Wood  
Fourth Official: Andrew Turner


TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Away fans CANNOT pay on the day. Tickets are on sale at the RAFC Ticket Office until 4pm on Friday 27th April. 

Full details can be found HERE. 


TRAVEL
The club will be running an official away supporters coach to Ashton Gate. A handful of seats remain on the coach and can be booked by calling 08448261907 (option 3), or by popping into the Club Shop.

Click HERE for prices and departure times. 


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 


FANCY A FLUTTER?
You’ll find the latest odds from Sky Bet, the Football League’s title sponsor, HERE.


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