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Team for visit to Bradford tomorrow?
at 20:23 11 Nov 2019

I'm expecting it to be the weakest that BB-M can get away with, or, as he puts it on the OS, “I think it is very much about finding enough fit bodies for this game as we have a lot of players out missing – as well as trying not to use any players in the squad at Wrexham.”

Would he then field what he sees as his strongest team for the visit on Saturday to the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium (!) in Brum? (Curiously, playing 'at home' Coventry have won 6, drawn 2 and lost 1, but in their away matches have won 0, drawn 6 and lost 1.)

Or will he concentrate on preparing his best team for the Wrexham replay? That might make more sense financially.

Three years ago in round one of the FAC Dale struggled at Maidstone, drawing 1-1 thanks to a late Camps equaliser, but won the replay comfortably 2-0. Wins at Carlisle and Barrow, then the home defeat by Huddersfield must have brought in a fair sum.

Impact of Bolton folding on Dale?
at 12:37 26 Aug 2019

Presumably it would be the case that the 5-2 FL Cup win stands?

But the four clubs who have taken league points from Bolton will lose them?

At the end of the season, three clubs will be relegated into L2 (two if bury also fold)?

What about the FL (Leasing) Trophy, in which Dale are due to play Bolton on 1st October?
Team for tomorrow night?
at 00:02 26 Aug 2019

"Wonder what we'll have in reserve for Tuesday? Players like Hendo, Camps (who ran his bollocks off) and Mathieson deserve a break."

This, part of a longer post soon after the end of Saturday's match, seems not not to have been picked up on. Maybe there's a case for making these three subs for the Carlisle game, but I'd prefer BB-M to field what he judges to be his strongest team.

In the first round, Carlisle won 3-0 at Barnsley, so their players might be confident of getting a result against Dale. Although there seems not to be much money in it (£7,000 for round 2 winners?), there's a chance of TV money should there be 'big club' opponents. And psychologically, it's better for the players to develop a winning mentality.
As classy as ever
at 20:08 6 Jun 2019
Where's the thread?!
at 14:42 23 Feb 2019

Has interest fallen so low?
Tuesday highlights
at 21:20 12 Dec 2018

(Apols if already posted)

So it's the same starting eleven as on Saturday at Oxford (seemingly)?
at 23:27 26 Nov 2018

From Hill's preview on the OS:

“Recently, there’s been too many goals going in away from home, so I’ll probably adjust the players' mentality and our starting positions, and make sure that we nullify Oxford’s threat.

“Different mentality, different plan, but same team. Sometimes you have to have a different mentality, there’s no question about that, and as a manager you want repeat performances."

So, after saying there's a need to concede fewer goals (and no disagreement there), the idea is to adjust the starting positions while fielding the "same team" as Saturday? Sam Hart will be on the bench, presumably.

It'll not be an easy game at Oxford, but very few are in L1.
Fiddly Hilly?
at 20:22 2 Nov 2018

I thought there might have been some comment on the manager's pre-match thoughts posted on the OS this afternoon. Some of them are pasted below.

Over the years, unless forced to make changes because of injury or suspension, Hill has tended to follow the 'don't change a winning side' mantra. Surely he's not really going to make 'at least six changes' to the team that beat Charlton?

Also surprising is the information that last Saturday he was so late in deciding his selection that the team sheet had to be rewritten.

I appreciate his preparedness to share his thoughts, but the implication that he'll pick the team to start against Luton in an intuitive, last-minute sort of way is a bit unnerving. Maybe it's part of a cunning plan to foil the visiting manager's tactics.

“It was a good win last weekend against Charlton. It leaves me quite confused, to be honest” said Hill in his pre-match interview.

“It took me the best part of a full week and a few hours to select that side - Tony had already done the team sheet when I came in [on the morning of the game] and he had to fill a new one in, so as much as we did really well against Charlton and showed our working qualities, I think I’ve got to rip the plan up and start again because we don’t seem to be getting any consistency.

“When we win we games, I think I’ve got to change at least six players to get another winning formula for the next game.

“I feel as though it’s not just a question of our plans, it’s also a feeling as well [which is why I made the decision on the day of the game]. We got it right against Charlton, but we got it so wrong – the players and myself against Wycombe – but we got it so right against Bradford. If I go on training, I think probably a third of the team that started on Saturday don’t play.”
Tonight's football
at 22:17 11 Sep 2018

Not the biggest Dale-related piece of news. but after tonight's Fleetwood vs Leicester U21 2-2 draw (LU21 winning 7-6 on penalties) I think the table stands thus:

1. Dale 3 pts
2. Leicester U21 2 pts
3. Fleetwood 1 pt
4. bury 0 pts

I trust Hilly was there to check the opposition.
A sick Owl
at 11:46 22 May 2018

Well, he probably is - and this is a bit of a long shot, but it might hit the target. Sick because he (or she) lost a bunch of keys on a 52 Stagecoach bus this morning (22 May 2018). The key ring had a SWFC fob, so I thought if the word gets spread among the fans the right person might know the keys were handed to the driver and get them back from the lost property office.
15 minutes of highlights
at 23:21 28 Feb 2018
Gillingham move to five points ahead of Dale
at 21:22 22 Dec 2017

After winning 2-0 at Fleetwood tonight.

All the more important that tomorrow Hilly and the players do their utmost to secure three points.

It's surprising how Fleetwood have slumped - three points from the last eight league games.
And with a crowd of 2088 I doubt they'd have done much worse by playing tomorrow. Still, with a couple of hundred from Walsall, I doubt there'll be many more than two and a half thousand at Spotland.
[Post edited 22 Dec 2017 21:23]
Bye Blades, Hello Donny
at 19:00 8 Apr 2017

At least we can now start thinking about the other 23 teams in L1 next season.

Despite losing today, Bolton look to be near-certain for promotion as runners up to Sheff Utd. Probably for the best if Southend or Millwall go up via the play-offs.

As well as Rotherham coming down, it looks like Wigan and probably Blackburn.

Although they both won today, Coventry and - though it's a pity in a way - Chesterfield look bound for L2. I'd prefer Swindon and Gillingham to join them. Good win for Oldham today, but losing again puts bury closer to the drop. Still, they'll be hopeful about Dale's away form continuing.

Plymouth and Portsmouth will likely be promoted from L2 along with Doncaster. Via the play-offs I'd opt for Blackpool (a matter of geography, not a fondness for the club) but it could well be Luton.
Today's possible lineups ...
at 12:34 8 Apr 2017

... according to shropshirelive:

Shrewsbury have another chance to end their winless run, as they prepare for the visit of play-off chasing Rochdale.

Town have lost their last four games, and are winless in six. They find themselves two points from safety, and will hope to climb out of the drop as soon as possible.

Salop can welcome back midfielder Ryan Yates, who was suspended for the 2-1 defeat against Millwall. However, West Brom loanee Tyler Roberts suffered a hamstring in that match, and is expected to miss out. Abu Ogogo continues to be sidelined with a knee injury. Shaun Whalley and Nat Knight-Percival scored to give Shrewsbury a 2-0 victory in the last time these sides met at the Greenhous Meadow. Salop have won 13 of the previous 32 matches played between these sides.

Rochdale boss Keith Hill can welcome Keith Keane back into his squad, after the ex Preston North End midfielder completed a two-match ban. Defender Niall Canavan can also return to the fold, after missing the last couple of matches through injury. Rochdale who beat Port Vale 3-0 last time out, sit 8th in League One, five points away from the final play-off place.

Possible Line Ups: Shrewsbury Town: (4-4-2) 1. Leutwiler, 2. Riley, 22. Nsiala, 3. Sadler, 12. Brown, 7. Whalley, 17. Yates, 18. Deegan, 23. Rodman, 45. Payne, 19. Ladapo

Subs: 9. Humphrys, 10. Dodds, 14. Grimmer, 16. Morris, 20. Leitch-Smith, 21. Halstead, 24. El-Abd

Rochdale: (4-3-3) 25. Logan, 2. Rafferty, 6. McGahey, 4. McNulty, 9. Andrew, 10. Camps, 8. Lund, 18. Keane, 11. Mendez-Liang, 40. Henderson, 12. McDermott

Subs: 5. Canavan, 7. Vincenti, 13. Wilson, 14. Rathbone, 16. Noble-Lazarus, 19. Davies, 24. Allen

Read the full article via at:
Blades vs Cod Army
at 20:03 24 Jan 2017

Dale fans probably ought to be hoping for a home win tonight, but I'd not mind the 'little club' take a point from the 'big'.

When at Bramall Lane Dale lost 1-0 to a late goal in September 2014 Ashley Eastham and Jack O'Connell were at the centre of Dale's defence - one hoofing the ball, the other trying to use it. Tonight they're on opposite sides. Matt Done, who played for Dale on that day, is a Sheffield sub. tonight.

Ex-Daley Bobby Grant is playing for Fleetwood.

Highlights ...
at 19:21 3 Dec 2016

... just 90 seconds:
KH on tomorrow: "I've got a very good starting eleven'
at 19:09 11 Nov 2016

According to the OS interview. But that's probably his most optimistic part of his statement, below.

The number of long-term absentees must be a concern: Allen, Andrew, Hendo, Vincenti, possibly McDermott, while Lund won't be available tomorrow.

At least Keith Keane should be back, but it will be interesting to see the full starting eleven

In addition to Brian Barry-Murphy who has snapped his achilles, Donal McDermott is the latest player to join the likes of Jamie Allen, Peter Vincenti and Ian Henderson on the side lines. The Irishman sustained an abdominal injury during the warm-up at Hartlepool United on Wednesday night.

Hill also says he has several players who have picked up an illness this week.

“It’s just another day in the week in the life of Rochdale Football Club where every day is a fighting day and an achievement day. We intend on having a fighting day and an achieving day today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday).

“The injury list is as a result of impact injuries and nothing that we could have done anything different with.

“But the illness is a concern because we don’t want players to come into the side and be depleted on energy and nutrition, and then up getting injured as a result.

“Four players have illness, but I believe that I’ve got a very good starting eleven and probably two or three subs to back that up. I’m prepared to put my trust in the players that we’ve got available and take on Bradford City who are in extremely good form.

“Bradford are a good team and a big football club. We’ve got to be at our very best in every game that we play in and we will be prepared to be at our very, very best on Saturday.”

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