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Match Report: Fleetwood Town 1-0 Rochdale
Saturday, 10th Apr 2021 17:04 by Chaff

Rochdale are going down and they're going down without a fight.

Dale were back in action with a trip over to the coast to take on Fleetwood Town. An away day many fans will have been gutted to miss out on without question.

Time is desperately running out for Dale in their bid to stay in League One and wins are essential but seemingly not forthcoming.

Dale welcome back Ryan McLaughlin, hopefully freeing up Matt Done to go up front alongside Jake Beesley. The line up was:

A 2 minute silence preceeded the game.

Dale could have been 1-0 down with less than a minute gone. A corner was headed into the ground at the back post by the home side and went wide of Lynch's post.

It was all Fleetwood in the early stages. Former Dale midfielder Callum Camps hit a freekick straight at the wall and the follow up play saw good work on the right before the ball was played squad and a shot was blocked by O'Connell with the Fleetwood players shouting for handball.

Matty Done was absolutely clattered by a Fleetwood defender and hit the ground limp and were temporarily down to ten men as Done was being treated after he was able to walk off and the Fleetwood medical staff seemed to be having too much say in the matter and Done, against his wishes, was brought off and Kwadwo Baah was brought on with just 12 minutes or so gone.

A great chance for Fleetwood on 16 minutes as Vassell headed wide a very good Andrew cross when he really should have done better.

Callum Camps attempted an audacious overhead kick on 27 minutes from a Burns cross but his effort went harmlessly wide of the post.

Conor Grant managed to steal the ball off the defender on the touchline and pulled it back for Baah to hit goalwards but his effort was completely mishit and flew wide, that wide it nearly went out for a throw but didn't. More good play from McLaughlin won a corner but Haydon Roberts took it and it may well be one of the worst corners I've ever seen and sailed over everyone and out for a goalkick. A very rare Dale attack.

Ollie Rathbone drove forward and had a great chance to hit the target but completely scuffed his effort wide. We're just not very good are we?

A Conor Shaughnessy long throw finally caused a couple of issues but the ball was cleared and nearly knocked out Kwadwo Baah who went down like he'd been taken out by a sniper.

Half time came, we'd been awful. Everyone else was winning. This is dogshit.

I took a ball out for 10 minutes of half time with my little lad and the standard was better in that 10 minutes than we've seen from Dale.

Chance for Dale!! A cross came in from the left side and Jake Beesley glanced a header on target but in all honesty it was easy for the keeper.

And there is it, 1-0 to Fleetwood. With just 52 minutes gone Dale were pretty much relegated. Wes Burns drilled a cross in which was turned into our own net by Eoghan O'Connell. Captain Pugwash theme tune may as been Benny Hill.

Dale won a free kick just after the restart and O'Connell spotted the keeper off his line and hit it goal wards from about 40 yards which had to be tipped over.

Dale made a double substitution with Shaughnessy and Grant going off and Morley and Dooley coming on. What is the point of Jack Vale being at Dale?

As it stands, 6 points from safety and 4 points clear of Swindon at the bottom.

Oh wait, Jack Vale was coming on, at last! He came on for Roberts in a change of system. A positive move which is to be praised I guess.

Fleetwood almost made it 2-0 when McLaughlin gave the ball away. Burns blasted the ball wide of the far post.

Aaron Morley tried a long range shot from a freekick which fooled Fleetwood but his effort hit the side netting.

After 9 minutes of stoppage time and a lengthy injury taking up most of it, Bobby Madley blew for full time and Dale had lost.

No quality, no fight, no hope.


Player Ratings:

Jay Lynch - 6 (Did nothing wrong)

Ryan McLaughlin - 6 (Did at least try and get forward and work)

Gabriel Osho - 6 (Probably our best player again, well, least worst)

Eoghan O'Connell - 5 (Poor, own goal as well)

Haydon Roberts - 6 (Don't think he had a bad game, wouldn't have taken him off)

Jimmy Keohane - 6 (Usual 6/10 performance)

Conor Shaughnessy - 5 (Still not seeing what he really offers)

Ollie Rathbone - 5 (Gave the ball away so much it hurt. Worked hard but technically awful)

Conor Grant - 5 (Nope, not seeing anything other than decent turns of skill every now and then)

Matt Done - 6 (Went off after 10 minutes injured)

Jake Beesley - 5 (Had one chance, did nothing else)


Kwadwo Baah - 3 (Absolutely awful from the minute he came on)
Stephen Dooley - 6 (Did alright when he came on)
Aaron Morley - 6 (Much of a muchness)
Jack Vale - 6 (Didn't see him do much but was nice to see him)

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