‘Dale can make their presence felt at the County Ground.
If Keith Hill had more hair, he’d have torn most of it out by now over Rochdale’s form at Spotland. While the goals have been flowing freely on the road, his team just can’t put their chances away at home as was the case against Gillingham on Saturday.
The Gills’ away form is worse than ‘Dale’s home record and Hill’s side looked well on the way to three points when Peter Vincenti headed them into a first-half lead. Had Rochdale made the most of their opportunities, they would have been out of sight inside the first hour but Vincenti and Ian Henderson both missed the target when well placed and the Kent side’s keeper Stephen Bywater kept out a couple of Michael Rose pile-drivers. That proved crucial as Gills’ top scorer Cody McDonald grabbed a late leveler to leave Spotland stunned.
It was another lesson for this up-and-coming ‘Dale team about the reality of playing in League One but they are still sitting in the top half of the table ahead of a visit to high-flying Swindon.
The Robins are in the play-off places with games in hand on the two teams above them. They’ve yet to taste defeat at the County Ground and have a couple of in-form strikers in their ranks in Michael Smith and Andy Williams.
But Matty Done has outscored both so far and his team-mates will be looking forward to their trip to the west country – they’ve already won three times away from home in the league so far and Swindon’s style of play suggests there will be chances for ‘Dale throughout the game.
Both teams to score in this one looks tempting at 8/13 and Rochdale could be overpriced getting a goal start on the handicap at 5/6 given they continue to play well, though you wouldn’t bet against Swindon striker Williams scoring again anytime at 8/5.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm tonight at the County Ground.
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