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Fleetwood Win - How Important?
at 17:59 18 Jan 2019

Last season taught me that suggested must win games where you don’t win are an anxiety attack that passes. Blackpool (include myself in this) was one of many touted must win games in which we didn’t do the job, but we still stayed up.

Tomorrow we could drop into the bottom four if results don’t go our way, but it is to early to call it a must win game for the club. From the fans perspective though I think a win is very important tomorrow, to address valid concerns about home form. The main objective for me tomorrow is to stop the rot of league losses and to give a performance that encourages the crowd on the day and for the future. Here’s hoping.

Other than Wade in goal being a shoe in (must be his turn by now, have no idea on team selection. Although hope both the Ethan’s have not upset anyone and will start.

UTD

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Wrong ref for a committed performance
at 17:53 4 Jan 2019

We would all like to see a battling, committed performance against Burton. The players should be keen to atone for the spineless display last time. However this is not the ref for a physical battle.
Seven red cards in 20 games. So a less then 2/1 chance of a sending off. Big time more chance than with any other ref we have had this season.
Good decision making when challenging is the order of the day. When a good result is so important to the club and support it would be gutting If we supplied sending off number 8.
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Wish list for Saturday’s Game
at 10:56 20 Dec 2018

As me and my dad are the only two Dale supporters living in Southend this match is always the big one in terms of if I get loads of stick for the next week, or can hold my head up.

When these two are in the same division I pay no attention to Southend so cannot give any insight on them.

Wish list:
The concession of hideous goals is behind us
Henderson is given a free role
Henderson or nobody else gets sent off in this match (twice in this match recently we have been down to 10)
Andrew plays a stormer like he did as a sub in the 2 all draw a few years back
Lillis, Rafferty, McGahey, Delaney, Hart / Done as the back five
We serve it up to them and play to win
The honour of the bragging rights, it’s been far to long since Dale won this one

To all who are making the long journey down, credit to you and I hope it is a safe one. The weather is set to be mild.

Come on Dale let’s get Christmas and a run of form going

[Post edited 20 Dec 2018 14:22]
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Defensively -whole less than sum of parts
at 10:54 15 Oct 2018

We have to expect our defenders to be limited if they are playing at L1 level. Every Saturday night on TV I see other sides concede horror goals.

However our centre half partnerships do seem to struggle to gel.

McNulty is limited by only being able to play in a 3 at the back

Delaney cannot dominate and get his head on crosses they way he is able to in the oppositions area.

Ntlhe is naive in positional play but has good feet.

McGahey appears to have all the attributes to be a good stopper but we are conceding goals.

Williams looks as though he should be able to do a job but is not stepping up to the plate.

Finnerty remains an unknown in every respect.

Each player has there positives, but no pairing or trio seem to be able to gel. Which is why I say the whole is less than the sum of the parts.

It has not always been this way we have had centre half pairings which on paper looked dubious but where they built a good understanding. Some may spit their cornflakes out when I say Brown and Cole where in the whole being greater than the sum of the parts category. But to me they worked great together.

Others of you may have other parings that spring to mind.

With the number of centre half we have we should have two that can do build something between them.

Given our goals against tally last year I can’t have it that the management are clueless. Although crosses remain our downfall, like most football teams.

I do think it would help to pick the best perceived pairing and stick with them for at least 6 games in all competitions, barring injury. Even if that needs a fixed formation.

Am I right or will it happen i doubt it, but time will tell.

Just hope in a few weeks the Steady pairing does gets established. The talent pool is there, even with the limitations.
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Bristol An Interesting Defensive Test
at 14:51 1 Oct 2018

I note that the Rovers are scoring less than a goal a game thus far.

We have played mostly top half sides that have been knocking a few in so far this season. So this will really be a significant test for the Dale defence tomorrow. There should be no hiding place if we concede 2 or more goals. That would surely require a dramatic rethink of our defensive set up.

Bristol have also only conceded 11 goals. Their start seems similar to ours last season, trying to keep everything tight

Tomorrow could be a turgid affair where we may need a bit of guile to break them down. That would point to Hendo and Clough paired up top.

Have a good feeling about this one and will offer a 2-0 Dale.

Up the Dale.
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First Look At The Team - What To Expect
at 14:29 28 Sep 2018

Travelling to Spotland tomorrow and will be my first look at the team this season.

Comments on here and results tell me we are a better squad than last year, but to be honest like a Forrest Gump chocolate box I have no idea what to expect tomorrow.

Not in a position to give an opinion on the selection or formation, but hope we set up to play to our strengths rather than to nullify the Portsmouth threat. I guess that sounds like Henderson up front.

So difficult to predict a score, so will suggest it will go one of two way, 3-2 to dale or we concede the usual 4 against on of the top teams. Here’s hoping for a win.

On another note can anyone tell me how extensive the 50 mph stretches are on the M6 and M62 at the moment. Long stretches last time I came up, so hoping for better this time.

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Options for Ashead when he turns 17
at 09:51 29 Aug 2018

Believe I have seen that Ashead turns 17 year old next week.

Excuse my ignorance but what options do the club and he have then. Presume for the club it’s straight forward in that we put hin on a full time contract.

Does the lad have the option to decline the contact and simply walk away, and if so what if any compensation would Rochdale be due if he turns up at another club.
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