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Emirates FA Cup Match Preview - Rovers v Rochdale

4 November 2022

Emirates FA Cup action this weekend for Rovers

A break from League One action awaits the Gas tomorrow as Joey Barton's team prepares to face League Two outfit Rochdale in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup. Last season, the Gas progressed to the third round of the competition before losing at Peterborough United. 

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Will Finnie is the referee for this weekend's FA Cup clash. Referee Finnie has officiated five games in League One so far this campaign. Across those five games, Finnie has handed out a total of 18 yellow cards with an average of 3.60 cautions per game. Referee Finnie also stops play for a foul an average of 21.60 times per game.



Tickets are still available for this weekend's clash at The Mem! 

To purchase tickets for this fixture, please click HERE.

*Please note, the Seat Unique stand, the Cooling FX stand and the MKJ Group Family Stand are closed for this fixture. Seating on the West Stand will also be closed. Away fans will be situated in Brunel Group South Stand.

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Match Report - Rovers 1-0 Rochdale

Sinclair the hero as Gas progress to Round Two

5 November 2022

Rovers progressed to Round Two of the Emirates FA Cup following a 1-0 victory over Rochdale courtesy of Scott Sinclair's first goal for the Gas.

Rovers made two changes to their starting line-up after last week's 4-2 loss to Derby, with Scott Sinclair and James Connolly coming in for Luca Hoole and the cup-tied Josh Coburn.


The first real chance of the tie fell to Aaron Collins. The Rovers forward cut inside following a lovely ball from Sam Finley and looked to give O'Donnell the eyes before dragging his shot back across the goal. The Rochdale 'keeper was able to gather following Aaron's effort.

Finley was pulling the strings in midfield early on. The midfielder played a perfectly weighted ball to Scott Sinclair who looked to take on his man. The Rovers no.7 opted to pick out Collins in the middle of the box instead of taking on the shot, with the latter pulling his effort wide of the target.

Abraham Odoh did well to beat Lewis Gordon and force a lowball across the Rovers penalty area which would have caused alarm for the Gas had it not been for Bobby Thomas' intervention to clear the danger.

Sinclair burst into the area just before the interval and was persistent in getting a shot away at goal which O'Donnell was able to gather.


Five minutes into the second half, Bobby Thomas struggled to clear the ball, which Henderson capitalised on. The Rochdale forward stole the ball off of the Rovers centre-half and looked to place his shot into the far corner of Belshaw's goal. The Rochdale forward got his angles all wrong and saw his effort roll harmlessly past the post and safely behind.

Rochdale had another chance to open the scoring only moments later. Devante Rodney was played in behind the Rovers defence and it took a strong hand from James Belshaw to prevent the visitors from taking the lead.

Tenacious play from Sam Finley presented Rovers with a chance. After winning the ball back in the far corner of the pitch, the Rovers midfielder picked out Luke McCormick who got his head up and picked out Aaron Collins whose shot was deflected behind for a corner as the Gas upped the ante.

The breakthrough came just past the hour mark. Substitute Harvey Saunders chased down what seemed to be a lost cause and was able to win a corner. The corner was taken short and the cross was flicked on towards the back post where Scott Sinclair was on hand to tap home his first-ever Rovers goal.


Good play again from Saunders presented Collins with a chance at goal. The Rochdale players were quickly out to block the Welshman's shot following Saunders' cross.

Rochdale pushed for a late leveller to force the tie into a replay but Rovers held firm and are in the hat for the second-round draw.

Next up for Rovers is a return to League One action when we face Fleetwood Town at The Mem on Saturday, 12th November (3pm).

ROVERS: Belshaw, Gibbons, Thomas, Connolly, Gordon, Rossiter, Finley (c), Evans, McCormick, Sinclair, Collins.

Substitutes: Jaakkola, Hoole, Clarke, Kilgour, Saunders, Westbrooke, Whelan.

ROCHDALE: O'Donnell, Ebanks-Landell, Kelly, Ball, Rodney, Odoh, Keohane, Graham, Diagouraga, John, Henderson. 

Substitutes: Kelly, Seriki, McNulty, Brierley, Nelson, Sinclair, Tulloch, Malley, Kelly.

Referee: Will Finnie

Attendance: 4,679

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Emirates FA Cup First Round details

21 October 2022

Rovers' Emirates FA Cup first round tie against Rochdale will take place on Saturday, 5th November.

The game will kick off at 3pm.

Initially, tickets will go on sale for all Season Ticket holders at 10am on Monday 24th October.

Tickets will then go on general sale at 10am on Wednesday, 26th October.

For this fixture, we have decided we will only have the East Stand and Terrace, and the Thatchers Terrace will be open. Prices are as follows:

Ticket Type Price
Children's Standing £5
Children's Seating £10
Adult Standing £10
Adult Seated £15

To purchase tickets for this fixture, please click HERE.

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