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Match Previews

Match Preview - Rochdale v Rovers

29 April 2022

The Gas travel to Rochdale this weekend as we look to continue our push for automatic promotion.

Catch up ahead of the match below! 

Manager's Preview

Form Guide

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Robbie Stockdale's Rochdale side are currently in 18th place in the League Two table, having won 11 of their 44 games to date. They were relegated, along with Rovers, last season and any hopes of a swift return were blunted by the January departure of top scorer Jake Beesley. However, their home form is their strength, having lost only four times this season at the Crown Oil Arena. Their last six fixtures have yielded three wins, whilst their last home game saw a 2-1 victory over Hartlepool. 

Danger Man

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The top scorer for Rochdale this season is Alex Newby. The forward has six goals to his name, with previous top scorer Jake Beesley having departed for Blackpool in January after grabbing 12 goals in the first half of the campaign. Newby began his career at Bolton Wanderers and wears the number 10 shirt for Dale this season. Newby scored twice at The Mem when his side won 2-1 in League One last season.

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Ref Watch

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Ross Joyce is the referee for Saturday's fixture at the Crown Oil Arena. It will be Joyce's 12th League Two game of the season, with the majority of his others in League One. In League Two, Joyce has brandished 36 yellow cards, with just the one red. Overall this season, Joyce gives an average of almost 23 fouls per game and produces a yellow card an average of three times per game. Joyce has an interesting background and became a referee after being sent off for swearing during a youth match, before being sent on a course to learn more about the man in the middle's job. He also once needed a police escort from a women’s football match between Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea after sending off three Rovers players and the manager.

Betting Preview

EFL sponsors Sky Bet have priced Rovers at 23/20 for the win on Saturday afternoon. Rovers can also be backed at 66/1 to win the game 4-2, as they did at The Mem earlier in the season. On the goalscorer markets, Elliot Anderson is priced at 11/4 to score at any time throughout the clash, whilst namesake Harry can be backed at 12/1 to open the scoring.

Odds correct at the time of writing. To bet with Sky Bet please click HERE. Please bet responsibly.

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Match Reports

Match Report - Rochdale 3-4 Rovers

30 April 2022

An unbelievable comeback from the Gas secured a play-off spot at the very least after an incredible afternoon in Greater Manchester.

The Gas started the clash with one change to the XI that started against Forest Green. Josh Grant coming in for Nick Anderton at the back. Alex Rodman also featured on the substitutes bench.

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A tender start from both teams presented few clear cut chances. The first of the game fell to James Connolly after a brilliant flick from Connor Taylor played in Elliot Anderson whose cross was spilt by Jake Eastwood in the Rochdale net and stabbed wide from Connolly from close range.

The hosts took the lead just past the 10-minute mark. Luke Charman surged past Rovers' defence and made no mistake with his finish, firing hard and low past Belshaw into the far corner of the net to open the scoring.

Charman had the ball in the back of the net for a second time eight minutes later. Corey O'Keeffe's delicate cross found the boot of the Rochdale number nine who was on hand to turn the ball past a helpless Belshaw from close range.

The Gas got themselves back in the tie 10 minutes into the second half. Tenacious play from Antony Evans forced the ball through to Sam Finley, who sneaked his shot past Eastwood into the corner of the net.

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The hosts found themselves two in front on the hour mark. O'Keeffe's initial effort was parried by Belshaw but only back out to the defender who smashed the rebound into the net for Dale's third of the afternoon.

Rovers had their second goal of the clash on the 66th-minute mark. Evans forced himself past the Rochdale defenders to slide the ball across the area to the feet of Aaron Collins who could not miss the target from about two yards out to get the Gas within one goal of the hosts.

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The Gas were on the up now. Rovers crafted another opportunity for themselves as the clock drew closer to the 90-minute mark. Luke Thomas cleverly allowed the ball to run through to Harry Anderson who got his head up and fired the ball across the Rochdale penalty area where Aaron poked in his second and Rovers' third to set up a grandstand finish in Greater Manchester. 

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Six minutes of added time was shown by the fourth official and Rovers were going to need every minute of it to pull off a sensational comeback. In the 95th minute, it was complete. Aaron hit the ball towards goal following Ryan Loft's cross. Dale 'keeper Eastwood threw himself in front of Aaron's shot where it then rebounded to the Rovers No.10 who smashed the ball into the empty net for his hat-trick to send the 2,005 travelling Gasheads into raptures.

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Rochdale pushed for a late equaliser to extinguish the Gas' hopes. After a skirmish in the Rovers penalty area, Paul Coutts received a straight red card from referee Ross Joyce for retaliating to a challenge. 

The Gas saw out the remainder of the game backed by the superb noise from the Gasheads on the far side of the ground and picked out a huge three points in our push for the last automatic promotion spot.

Today's win, combined with results from elsewhere cements a play-off spot at least for Rovers to mark an outstanding run of form in 2022.

JMP_Rochdale_v_Bristol_Rovers_RC_091.JPGNext up for the Gas is the visit of Scunthorpe United to The Mem on Saturday, 7th May (3pm KO). 

ROCHDALE: Eastwood, O'Keeffe, Taylor, O'Connell, Dooley, Charman, Grant, Keohane, Done, Brierley, Clark.

Subs: Kelly, White, Newby, Odoh, Andrews, Cashman, Scanlon.

ROVERS: Belshaw, Hoole (78'), Taylor (74'), Connolly, Grant (35'), Coutts (c), Finley, Anderson H, Evans, Collins, Anderson E.

Subs: Jaakkola, Thomas (35'), Rodman, Whelan, Loft (74'), Anderton, Nicholson (78').

Referee: Ross Joyce

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Ticket News

Ticket Info - Rochdale

24 February 2022

Ticket information for our Sky Bet League Two clash against Rochdale.

Rovers travel to the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday, 30th April (3pm KO).

Online ticket sales will open to 2021/2022 Season Ticket holders from 10am on Monday, 28th February. In-store ticket sales will be available for Season Ticket holders from 10am on Tuesday, 29th February. Please be aware, Season Tickets holders are only permitted to purchase one ticket per membership.

Members (Club members and Supporters Club members) will be able to purchase tickets online and in-store from 10am on Wednesday, 2nd March. Please note, members are only able to purchase one ticket per membership.

Subject to availability, general sale tickets will then be available online and in-store from 10am on Friday, 4th March.

The club would like to remind fans that tickets aren't available to purchase from the club shop on matchdays.

The initial allocation of tickets for this fixture is 620.

To purchase online tickets, please click HERE.

Ticket prices can be found below;

Ticket Type Price
Adult £22
Seniors (65+) £17
U21 £14
U11 £7
U2 Free of Charge (With Full Paying Adult)
Disabled Appropriate Price
PA Free of Charge
Wheelchair Appropriate Price
PA Free of Charge

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