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ROCHDALE MATCH PREVIEW

3 February 2017

Rovers travel to Rochdale this Saturday in SkyBet League One.

Team News: Rovers are without defender Peter Hartley, who remains sidelined with a long-term injury.

Darrell's View: "We are in a fantastic position and we want to finish the final seventeen games of this season as high up the league as possible and to see where that takes us.

"I'm working with a fantastic group of players, who have a fantastic team spirit, and we will be working hard to get a win against Rochdale."

Opposition: Rochdale currently occupy sixth place in SkyBet League One, but head into Saturday's fixture following three consecutive defeats, which saw them exit the Emirates FA Cup at the hands of high-flying Huddersfield. 

Dangerman - Ian Henderson: The useful versatile forward is hugely experienced in the EFL, with the thirty-two-year-old making over four-hundred appearances.

Beginning his career with Norwich City, the midfielder made over eighty-first team appearances for the Canaries, before joining Northampton Town in July 2007.

During his eighteen month spell at Northampton, the forward found first-team opportunities limited, which saw the majority of his appearances for the club come off the bench.

Luton was the next destination for Henderson in January 2011, where he made eighteen appearances up until the end of the season, but his contract wasn't extended at Kenilworth Road.

Ahead of the 2009–10 season, Henderson joined Turkish Süper Lig side Ankaragücü on a two-year deal, but the forward's stay at the club only lasted six months, as he joined Colchester United in January 2010.

The forward joined Rochdale on a free transfer in February 2013 and has since progressed to make over one-hundred-and-fifty appearances, with the impressive goal tally of fifty-four goals so far during his time at Rochdale.

This campaign the forward has netted on twelve occasions, scoring six goals in four appearances between December and January. 

Last Time Out: The sides drew 2-2 at the Mem back in September. Ian Henderson and Callum Camps were on the scoresheet for Rochdale, as the visitors were reduced to ten men in the final quarter of the game. The point saw Rovers climb to 19th in the table, while Rochdale remained bottom of the table. 

Tickets: Supporters will be able to purchase tickets on the day at the ground. For full ticket prices for the fixture, please click HERE.

Betting: League sponsors SkyBet are offering odds of 21/10 for a Rovers victory and a draw priced at 5/2. Ellis Harrison is priced at 11/2 to be the first goal scorer. 

Keeping Up With The Game: Full match commentary of Rovers game with Rochdale can be heard through Gas PlayerHD. Supporters can access our LIVE match coverage by clicking here.     

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