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We've Met Before | Crewe Alexandra (A)

23 February 2023

Club News

We've Met Before | Crewe Alexandra (A)

23 February 2023

Saturday’s clash with Crewe will be the 132nd meeting between the sides.

The head-to-head standings are very close. Crewe have won 52 of those games with Dale edging their opponents with 53 victories. They’ve also drawn 26 times.

These two last met on the opening day of the season when two first-half goals for Crewe sealed a narrow defeat for Dale. Devante Rodney did grab one back for Dale in the second-half but it wasn’t to be for Dale.

Three of the last four meetings have ended level with 15 goals scored in total in those games.

We’ve taken a look some of the previous meetings at The Mornflake Stadium.

Saturday 24th April 2021 – Crewe Alexandra 1-1 Dale

There was late drama in our previous visit to Crewe, with both sides scoring late on in the game.

Dale started brightly with their first real chance coming after six minutes, when Ollie Rathbone charged in towards the back post to meet a corner. His header deflected off Anthony Evans, sending it narrowly wide of the upright.

Eoghan O’Connell later had a shot blocked following an Aaron Morley free-kick into the box, whilst Jake Beesley saw his header well held by Jussi Jasskelainen.

Crewe did reply with a couple chances of their own. Charlie Kirk saw his effort saved and held by Jay Lynch. Chris Porter also tried his luck, but the Dale goalkeeper was equal to it.

The best opportunity of the half came just before the end of the first period. Following a well-worked move, Ryan McLaughlin sent in a dangerous cross from the right which was met by Jimmy Keohane inside the six-yard box, but he couldn’t keep his stooping header down and it flew over the bar.

After the break, Crewe created a golden opportunity to break the deadlock against the run of play. Mikael Mandron sent Luke Murphy in on goal. Murphy swung a leg at the ball but completely missed the ball at the vital moment squandering a big opportunity.

O’Connell tried his luck again for Dale, his close range header was kept out by the 'keeper following Morley’s cross.

At the other end Lynch made an outstanding save, he dived to his left to punch away Evans’ strike which looked destined for the top corner.

Dale continued to knock on the Crewe door but couldn’t open the scoring. With a minute of the 90 remaining, the hosts were awarded a penalty. Lynch saved Kirk’s initial spot-kick but the ‘keeper couldn’t stop the rebound, as Kirk tapped home to give Crewe what they thought was the three points.

With seven minutes added on, Dale gave everything they had to try and salvage a point and it paid off when substitute Matty Done netted right at the death.

Conor Shaughnessy, who also came off the bench for Dale, picked up a loose ball and threaded it through to Done, who poked beyond Jaaskelainen from close range.

Tuesday 2nd September 2014 – Crewe Alexandra 0-3 Dale

Dale were 3-0 winners over Crewe in 2014 when they met in the first round of the EFL Trophy back in 2014.

Rochdale looked the most likely to strike first early in the first-half as they patiently worked to create an opening.

Scott Tanser delivered a ball into the area for Shamir Fenelon, who fired over the bar, on the turn and close to goal, after 15 minutes played.

Two minutes later Crewe did reply with a chance, when Anthony Grant saw a deflected shot flash narrowly past the upright.

Scott Shearer stood strong when denying Stephen Dawson, who made a fantastic run forward and went one-on-one with the Crewe ‘keeper, but he couldn’t open the scoring for Dale.

Shortly before the interval, Matty Done did put Dale ahead. A ball from Dawson was knocked down into the six yard box by Joe Rafferty for the awaiting Done, who headed beyond the goalkeeper.

Dale led at the break and deservingly so. However, Crewe came out of the blocks in the second-half, hitting the woodwork on the hour mark following their best move of the game.

Anthony Grant had beaten Dale ‘Keeper, Conrad Logan, but his effort was kept out by the foot of the post, before Billy Waters fired over the bar on the rebound.

Dale would capitalise on Crewe’s missed opportunity a few minutes later. Peter Vincenti found himself unmarked following a Jamie Allen corner, heading in off the underside of the bar to give Dale a two goal advantage.

Calvin Andrew went on to grab Dale’s third from off the bench, seizing on an error from Shearer and striking beyond the ‘keeper into an empty net from 20 yards with just minutes of the match remaining.

The game finished 3-0 and Dale progressed through to the second round of the EFL Trophy.

Tuesday 19th August 2014 – Crewe Alexandra 2-5 Dale

A game that will be remembered for a Matty Done hat-trick, in his first game as a striker for Dale.

It was the home side who opened the scoring ten minutes in. Marcus Haber received the ball on the edge of the area and managed to turn Scott Tanser, before firing low between Conrad Logan’s legs.

Dale nearly went two down moments after conceding the first when Logan faced a similar chance to the one that came previously, but this time he saved with his legs to keep the score at 1-0.

This save proved to be important as Dale settled and got a foothold of the game. Chances were coming, with Vincenti getting three opportunities to even the score. His best effort was a header that went over the bar following a corner.

The pressure from Dale did provide an equaliser, just after the half hour mark. Rhys Bennett did well to win the ball by his right corner flag, and played an excellent ball down the line for Jamie Allen.

He ran half the length of the pitch at full pelt before finding Ian Henderson in the area with a fantastic low cross, allowing Dale’s all-time leading goal scorer to turn home.

Both sides had a big chance each to turn the game in their favour with Henderson for Dale and Oliver Turton for Crewe, both firing their effort’s wide.

Three minutes before the break, Dale took the lead. Tom Kennedy’s cross found its way to Henderson at the back post, who’s driven ball back across goal was turned into an empty net by Done.

Logan made a superb save deep into added time, following George Ray’s header. The Dale ‘keeper stuck out a left hand and clawed the ball off the line to keep Dale ahead going into the break.

Dale’s number 40 had the ball in the back of the net again shortly after the restart, but the referee felt that Done had impeded on the Crewe goalkeeper.

The pressure continued again from Dale. This time, a ball over the top from Allen wasn’t dealt with by the Crewe defence. Done reacted quickly and pounced on the mistake, bringing the ball down and firing home to give Dale their third and to get his second of the night.

Crewe put up a fight as Haber nodded past Logan following a cross from the right to pull a goal back for the home side.

However, Vincenti restored Dale’s two goal cushion four minutes later. He exchanged passes with Henderson before taking a touch and driving low from the edge of the area past Ben Garratt to make it 4-2.

After 72 minutes Dale got their fifth and Done got his hat trick. Henderson won the ball high up the pitch and found Done with a perfectly weighted pass. He took a touch and blasted the ball past the Crewe ‘keeper, earning Dale the three points and himself the match ball.


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