Rochdale looking to heap further misery on the O’s.
After the first two weeks of the season, few people would have envisaged seeing Rochdale lying seventh in League One and only a point outside of the play-off places.
Keith Hill always said that his team just needed time and a bit of luck to make an impression at the higher level and his faith has been justified. The manager has also made some very shrewd signings with Jack O’Connell and Stephen Dawson again impressing in last week’s defeat of Coventry. Conrad Logan is also proving hard to beat between the sticks and things are looking rosy with Olly Lancashire and Joe Bunney almost back to full fitness.
Dale have won four of their five matches in all competitions this month and their defensive record is among the best in the division – their performances surely merit bigger gates at Spotland but they will come in time if the results carry on in similar mode.
Matt Done and Ian Henderson now have five goals apiece in League One and both will be looking to heap further misery on Leyton Orient at the Matchroom Stadium this weekend.
Many experts predicted that the O’s would be in the promotion picture this season after last year’s heroics but maybe that penalty shoot-out defeat in the play-off final had more of an impact than first appeared. Despite some high-profile signings and an injection of cash, Russell Slade’s side have struggled this term.
There is still uncertainty over the future of the manager with Cardiff reportedly indicating their interest. They may not even have to stump up any compensation if Orient’s results don’t show immediate improvement and the Londoners won’t be looking forward to the arrival of Rochdale having lost again in the Capital One Cup in midweek, though they have been a bit of a bogey team for ‘Dale in the past.
On current form, there should only be one winner of this fixture as Leyton Orient have only managed one point so far in front of their own fans. ‘Dale could be overpriced at 27/10 to win, therefore, and are 16/5 to score two goals.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, September 27th at the Matchroom Stadium.