‘Dale look interesting on the handicap in a tight-looking encounter.
How Rochdale’s players must wish they could play Crewe Alexandra every week!
For the second time in three weeks, ‘Dale put Alex to the sword at Gresty Road on Tuesday. Having put five past Steve Davis’ beleaguered side in the league last month, they scored another three in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with Matty Done again enjoying himself in front of goal. He scored a hat-trick in the league and another one in the cup on a night when the home side failed to cope with the visitors at set-pieces.
Keith Hill was delighted with the victory but acknowledges that Rochdale’s performances in League One need to improve after they suffered a third defeat in five matches at home to Bradford City last weekend.
Done and Ian Henderson have been among the goals but keeping clean sheets has proved problematic, especially at Spotland.
Olly Lancashire’s injury obviously hasn’t helped but perhaps the return of Jack O’Connell will be an important part of the jigsaw that the manager is trying to put back together. He was hugely influential last season and will be glad to be playing football again having been left in the dark at Blackburn.
There is possibly less pressure playing away from Spotland at present so Rochdale’s players won’t be fearing a trip to the Broadfield Stadium to face Crawley. John Gregory initiated a complete overhaul of the Red Devils’ squad over the summer and they won their first two league matches of the campaign.
But they’ve now lost three in a row and most people expect them to face a tough battle for survival this season, though Izale McLeod is always a threat.
This might be a tight affair with neither side prolific or watertight so far at the back. Backing both teams to score could pay dividends at 8/11 and Rochdale are 8/13 getting a goal start on the handicap.
This match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, September 6th at the Broadfield Stadium.