|Rochdale 2 v 1 Accrington Stanley|
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Saturday, 12th October 2019 Kick-off 15:00
Match Preview - Dale v Accrington
Thursday, 10th Oct 2019 09:00 by Chaff
BBM’s men are back in action this weekend with John Coleman’s Accrington Stanley making the short trip over Owd Betts in the hope of piling on more misery for Dale and steering his own side clearer of the bottom three.
Date: Saturday 12th October 2019
Is it too early for this to be classed as a must win or even a "six pointer"?
An awful winless run in the league that stretches back to the end of August has seen Dale drop from mid-table to 19th. A run that includes four defeats out of our last five league games and we’ve yet to record a home win in the league as well.
October was, in many people’s minds, a massive month for Rochdale with more fixtures against the sides around us and it didn’t start off very well at all with a 3-2 away defeat to AFC Wimbledon who recorded their first win of the season in beating us.
An injury crisis that is not far of being like an episode of Holby City hasn’t helped and now we also have to contend with international call ups to two of our players who are actually fit to play. Saturday’s defeat at Wimbeldon saw us without Ryan McLaughlin, Jim McNulty, Tyler Magloire, Eoghan O’Connell, Stephen Dooley, Matty Done, Rekeil Pyke and Ian Henderson. Thankfully, Hendo was well enough to come off the bench and almost single-handedly get us back in the game with two second half goals. While it’s hoped that a couple of those from that list may be back this weekend, you can add Rhys Norrington-Davies and Luke Matheson to the list who are with Wales under 21’s and English under 18’s respectively. The likes of Dooley, McLaughlin and Magloire seem to be more long term than the others. We see more of Halley's comet than we do Ryan McLaughlin which is unfortunate because he would make a huge difference to our side. At this rate, BBM, Jack the Kitman and Kevin Gibbins are gonna have to dust off their boots!
If we can get a couple of key players back in the side, it would surely give the fans and the whole club a boost but we'll have to wait and see.
The visitors meanwhile, come into the game unbeaten in their last four with draws against Oxford, Blackpool and Wycombe and a victory a couple of weeks ago a away at Southend United.
While Rochdale have a midweek fixture-free week, Accrington travelled to Oldham for a Football League Trophy match in which a convincing 3-0 win saw them qualify from their group having won their opening two group games.
Accrington have found goals in the form of Colby Bishop who they brought in from Leamington in the summer while Dion Charles, a summer signing from Southport, and Jordan Clark have also been chipping in with goals.
Defensively, "Coley’s" side have been almost as leaky as us having conceded 19 goals from their first 11 games and they sit just one place and one point above us in the table.
Oxford United (h) - DRAW
ROCHDALE - 44
09/04/19 Accrington 0-1 Rochdale League One
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