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Rochdale 0 v 0 MK Dons
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Wednesday, 21st February 2018 Kick-off 19:45
Refwatch: Dale v MK Dons
Tuesday, 20th Feb 2018 08:24 by TVOS

Ross Joyce will referee Dale for the third time this season when we entertain MK Dons on Wednesday night.

The Middlesbrough official was in charge of Dale’s opening home game of the campaign, a 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe in August, as well as our 2-0 defeat at Doncaster at the end of December.

Ross also took charge of three Dale matches last term, with two of them ending in a bad way for Niall Canavan.

The Dale defender was sent-off by Mr Joyce in the 2-2 draw at Bristol Rovers in September and then again as we went down 4-0 at Bradford two months later.

It was perhaps just as well that Canavan wasn’t playing when Ross refereed the home game versus Northampton on 1st April!

Fans will remember that match finishing 1-1 after Northampton equalised with virtually the last kick of the game.

Mr Joyce’s other Dale appointment since he joined the National List in 2015 was our 2-0 defeat at Crewe in February 2016, in which Bradden Inman scored for The Railwaymen.

At 30-years-old, Ross is one of the EFL’s youngest referees, although he did officiate at Conference level for seven seasons before making the step up.

This culminated in him taking charge of the 2014/15 play-off final between Bristol Rovers and Grimsby in front of over 50,000 fans at Wembley.

Before his promotion he had been on the line for several Dale matches, although one – the 3-2 FA Cup loss to FC United – is a game we would rather forget!

So far this season, Mr Joyce has refereed 31 games, showing 120 yellow cards and one red.

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