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PREVIEW | Rovers vs Rochdale

19 January 2021

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PREVIEW | Rovers vs Rochdale

19 January 2021

Rovers are looking to make it back-to-back wins in Sky Bet League One when they take on Rochdale at the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday night.

Darren Moore’s side produced a battling 2-1 victory at Swindon Town last time out, thanks to a double from Fejiri Okenabirhie.


Rochdale’s recent form 

Dale have won just one of their past six games, stretching back to a 4-1 defeat at Peterborough United midway through December. They bounced back from that in style though, hammering Wigan Athletic 5-0 at the DW Stadium just three days later. 

They have found wins hard to come by since then, and lost 4-1 at home to Gilllingham in their final game of 2020. The New Year has brought three straight draws for Dale, and there have been plenty of goals in each of them. 3-3 draws against Crewe and Wigan either side of a 4-4 stalemate at Charlton Athletic. 

The man in charge 

Former Rochdale player Brian Barry-Murphy was appointed as the club’s new permanent manager in April 2019, taking over from Keith Hill.  

Since his appointment, Barry-Murphy has taken charge of 84 Rochdale matches, winning 28, drawing 21 and losing 35, giving him an overall win percentage of 33.3%. 

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Ones to watch 

Matthew Lund 

After coming through the system at Stoke City, Lund enjoyed loan spells with Bristol Rovers and Southend United before joining Rochdale on a permanent deal in 2013. The midfielder went on to make more than 100 appearances during his time at the Crown Oil Arena, before joining Burton Albion.  

After a year with Burton and then 18 months with Sky Bet League Two side Scunthorpe United, the 30-year-old returned for a second spell with Dale in January last year.  


Jake Beesley 

Sheffield-born Beesley started his career with professional career with Chesterfield in 2014, and spent a brief period on loan at non-league side Shaw Lane before a permanent switch to Salford in 2017. In his three years with them he found game time hard to come by, and spent time on loan with Bradford Park Avenue and Solihull Moors before making a permanent move to the latter.  

He spent less than a year with Solihull before Rochdale paid an undisclosed fee for his services back in September. 


Stephen Humphrys 

After coming through the ranks at Premier League side Fulham, Humphrys spent time on loan with Rochdale in 2018 before joining Southend United on a permanent deal. The striker scored the goal to keep the Shrimpers in Sky Bet League One at the end of the 2018/19 campaign, before the team were eventually relegated last season. He signed for Rochdale in September, and has already impressed for the club. 

He has seven goals to his name in all competitions so far this season, including three in his past two outings. 


Last time out 

The two teams played out a 1-1 draw when they last met at the Keepmoat Stadium back in February 2020. Jon Taylor scored inside the opening minute to make it a perfect start for Darren Moore’s side, before Oliver Rathbone scored nine minutes from time to secure a point for Dale. 


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