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Stats Magic: Rochdale v Swindon Town
Stats Magic: Rochdale v Swindon Town
Monday, 12th Apr 2021 18:00 by TVOS

TVOS gives us the stats ahead of the proverbial relegation 6 pointer at home to Swindon Town.

* Tuesday will be the 22nd league game between Dale and Swindon Town and the 11th at Spotland

* Dale have won one of the previous ten home fixtures, losing three times and drawing six

* Our best and only home win over Swindon in league football came on their last visit in November 2016, as described at the end of this article

* Just over 12 months before that league fixture, a Nathaniel Mendez-Laing hat-trick had guided Dale to a 3-1 home win over The Robins in the first round of the FA Cup

* And just over 12 months before that, Dale gained their only other victory against Swindon when goals from Matty Lund, Peter Vincenti and Bastien Hery helped clinch a 3-2 success at the County Ground

* That was our first-ever win over Swindon at the 16th attempt

* Dale lost all of their first six away games against The Robins

* When Dale and Swindon drew 3-3 at Spotland in February 1984, the goals included three penalties – one for Dale and two for the visitors

* Even though the teams have met only 23 times in league and cup football, there have been a high proportion of spot-kicks. Dale have scored five and missed two; Swindon have scored six and missed two, both of which were saved in the same game at the County Ground by Matt Gilks in August 2006

* Swindon’s 4-2 win at Spotland in April 2015 was a remarkable game. The visitors led 4-1 at half-time, Ben Gladwin scoring a hat-trick, both teams converted penalties and Dale’s second goal was actually scored by Town’s Nathan Thompson!

* Just over a year later, Dale’s final home game of 2015/16 ended in a 2-2 draw with Swindon. Ian Henderson missed a penalty for Dale and The Robins had two players sent-off in the second half.

* The most common scoreline in this fixture is 2-1, with all five of them achieved by Swindon

* Dale’s leading appearance-maker against Swindon is Matty Lund, with seven games

* Also in the current squad, Jim McNulty (4) has made most appearances for Dale against Town

* Dale’s top scorers against Swindon, with three goals each, are Matty Lund and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing


Dale produced a magnificent performance in recording a 4-0 win over Swindon when they were last at Spotland in November 2016.

Joe Bunney set the ball rolling on the half-hour, before three goals in the space of 11 second half minutes from Matty Lund and Steven Davies (2, including a penalty) wrapped-up a fine victory.

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finberty added 21:03 - Apr 12
And one of our all-time favourite opposition strikers likely to be up front for them?

Mr Brett Pitman.

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