Pressley may not be singing after the Sky Blues’ trip to Spotland
There’s real evidence that Rochdale are finding their feet in League One. Tuesday’s thumping win over Walsall was their first at Spotland since promotion to the third tier but continued the trend of ‘Dale scoring a hatful of goals.
Earlier in the season, Keith Hill’s side were being punished for small errors but the players have learned from their mistakes and their work rate and movement against the Saddlers was first class.
Goals from Matt Done, who now has five in League One and eight in total this season, Ashley Eastham and Ian Henderson had Rochdale firmly in the driving seat at half-time against Dean Smith’s men and a second–half own goal was merely icing on the cake.
Able to coast through the second 45 minutes, that game shouldn’t have taken much out of the legs and everybody is looking forward to the game against Coventry City this weekend and the opportunity to close on the teams in the play-off places.
After a troubled start, ‘Dale’s recent form has delighted manager and fans and they’ll make it tough for the Sky Blues who have made a decent start themselves having taken 12 points from their opening eight matches.
Steven Pressley’s side have only won two points in four games so far on the road and were beaten at lowly Scunthorpe on Tuesday when captain Reda Johnson received his marching orders, though that was their first defeat in eight.
The experienced former Sheffield Wednesday defender will now miss the trip to Spotland and that has to be good news for Rochdale as he’s been a threat at set-pieces this season.
So it’s Rochdale’s modest record versus Coventry’s poor away form. Both teams have goals in them and both to find the net this Saturday are 3/4. Rochdale are 7/5 to win again and will be hard to peg back in getting their noses in front – they are 9/10 to score first.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, September 20th at Spotland.