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Rochdale Preview

30 March 2018

Marcus Braddock previews the trip to Spotland

This Easter Friday, Shrewsbury Town take on Rochdale at Spotland with both teams needing the three points for different reasons. Our we know already but Dale are sitting at the wrong end of League One needing as many points as they can get to guarantee League One status. They're five points from safety in 23rd position and haven't won for five games but they have drawn with Southend and Wimbledon at home and Scunthorpe away in that sequence.

The Manager

Ex Rochdale defender Keith Hill spent five years playing for them in the early years of this century, making over 150 appearances and scoring five times. His playing career also took him to Plymouth, Cheltenham, Wrexham, Morecambe and his first club Blackburn.

His management career started at Rochdale in 2006 as he helped them to promotion to League one and their highest league position in over 40 years. At his next club Barnsley things didn't work out as well as had been hoped and he left the club after just under a year. A little while later he re-joined Dale and got them promoted back to League one in 2014 where they've been ever since.

Top Scorer

Ian Henderson 9

Steve Davis 5

Matt Done 5


Calvin Andrew 3

Braden Inman 3

Clean Sheets



At home, Rochdale are rather good defensively, the seventh best defence in League One. They've only conceded twice in the first half of a league game at Spotland. Their second halves haven't been as good with twelve conceded. There is no difference in the amount of goals scored in either half with seven scored in each half this season.

Top scorer Ian Henderson has played more minutes than any other squad member with 2930 over 33 games.

The most common result at Spotland this season has been 0-0 which has occurred four times. The second most common result is 1-1 so the chances of a draw seem quite high. The chances of seeing no goals in the first half are even higher with ten home games ending the first half goalless!

Squad News

Town will be without Abu Ogogo who is serving the second game of his four game suspension. Fellow central midfielder Bryn Morris is also suspended for one game after his yellow card. Ben Godfrey may be available after a quick recovery from his hamstring injury. James Bolton is nearing fitness but won’t be ready this weekend.


On the face of it we should win this game, we're top of the league (at the time of writing), have great away form and Rochdale aren't in the best form of their lives. But as mentioned, they're quite a strong team and will take some beating if we want all three points. Paul Hurst may have to change things tactically to enable him to manage the suspensions we have in midfield and defence so that may give us a little advantage with Keith Hill not certain how we'll line up.  That said, not having Ogogo and Morris is a big blow but the possible inclusion of Ben Godfrey is a positive with our most important games ahead of us.


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Match Reports

Rochdale 3 Town 1

30 March 2018

Controversial victory for Rochdale

Town: Dean Henderson, Ben Godfrey, Mat Sadler ©, Omar Beckles, Shaun Whalley, Carlton Morris, Nathan Thomas (Stefan Payne 73), Arthur Gnahoua, Luke Hendrie (James Bolton 73), Jon Nolan, Aristote Nsiala (Max Lowe 27)
Subs: Craig MacGillivray, Max Lowe, James Bolton, Lenell John-Lewis, Sam Jones, Abo Eisa, Stefan Payne

Rochdale: Josh Lillis, Joseph Rafferty, Kgosi Ntlhe (Bradden Inman 40), Jimmy McNulty, Harrison McGahey, Stephen Humphrys (Steven Davies 77), Calvin Andrew, Callum Camps, Oliver Rathbone (Scott Wiseman 91), Matthew Done, Ian Henderson ©
Subs: Scott Wiseman, Bradden Inman, Steven Davies, Ryan Delaney, Brendan Moore, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre

Referee: Richard Clark
Assistants: Mr G Hilton and Mr K Mulraine
Fourth Official: Mr I Dudley

Attendance: 4098 (1281)

Shrewsbury Town’s seven game unbeaten run came to an end in controversial fashion at the Crown Oil Arena. Town took an early lead with a superb goal from Nathan Thomas, but the course of the game changed when Toto Nsiala went off on a stretcher after a 10 minute delay. Dale then got themselves level in the 12th minute of added time in the first-half through Oliver Rathbone. Steven Davies then scored an acrobatic second for Dale, but it appeared that Town had been given an late lifeline in stoppage time when the referee pointed to the penalty spot, but after consultation with his assistant he changed his mind and Town conceded a third late on when Dean Henderson had gone up for a corner and the hosts broke away.

Team News:
There were one or two surprised faces around the press box when the teamsheets arrived. Town were always going to have to make one change with Bryn Morris suspended after his red card but Paul Hurst actually makes three changes in total. There’s some good news with Ben Godfrey fit again, so he takes Bryn’s place in the side. The other changes see Nathan Thomas come in for Alex Rodman who is struggling with his back and Arthur Gnahoua comes in for Stefan Payne. It means that Town are able to return to their favoured 4-5-1 formation with Arthur Gnahoua playing the number 10 position behind Carlton Morris.  There’s some good news on the bench with James Bolton fit enough to take his spot in the 18.

It was the home side that had the first-real chance of note. Omar Beckles was judged to have fouled Calivin Andrew outside the box, allowing Callum Camps to swing a free-kick into the centre. The set-piece found the head of Rochdale defender Harrison McGahey but his effort went harmlessly over Dean Henderson’s bar.

The opening minutes were pretty even with both sides feeling each other out, but Town took the first chance that they created on eight minutes. Omar Beckles played the ball to Nathan Thomas in his own half and the Sheffield United loanee span away from his marker on half-way. Thomas still had an awful lot to do but he ran 50 yards, leaving Rochdale defenders in his wake before finishing left-footed into the bottom right-hand corner past Dale ‘keeper Josh Lillis.  

Quarter of an hour into the game there were some really concerning moments for Town as Toto Nsiala went down on the far side of the pitch, in front of the stand the Town fans were occupying. It appeared that Toto had been involved in a clash of heads and after 12 or 13 minutes on the floor he was stretchered off with a neck brace on and replaced by Max Lowe, with Omar Beckles going to centre-half.

Understandably it took Town a few minutes to settle after the injury to Nsiala, but once they did get back into their groove they were able to create a couple of chances, with Carlton Morris slamming wide from a tight angle, whilst they were also able to win a couple of corners, neither of which came to anything.

At the other end, Callum Camps shot just wide after some good hold-up play from Town old boy Stephen Humphrys. Humpshrys was able to tee-up Camps on the edge of the box, but the Dale midfielder didn’t quite get hold of it and his shot trickled wide of Dean Henderson’s right hand post.

The injury to Toto Nsiala meant that there was always likely to be plenty of additional time in the first-half and the fourth official indicated that 11 minutes would be added onto the 90.

There was then another stoppage when Dean Henderson went down under the challenge of Stephen Humphrys. Henderson lay holding his head for a couple of minutes as Chris Skitt came onto provide treatment, but the Manchester United loanee was able to get back to his feet and continue.

Town then created three corners back to back, but couldn’t test Lillis despite a couple of decent deliveries from Nathan Thomas who was on set-piece duties for this game.

However, Rochdale would have the last word of the half as Oliver Rathbone was provided far too much time and space to shoot from 25 yards and his right footed effort went into the bottom right-hand corner, past the despairing dive of Dean Henderson, who appeared to be slow to move to his right.

Half-Time: 1-1

It was the home side that started the second-half on top with Callum Camps at the heart of two early chances. The first was blocked by a Town man, whilst the second looped over the bar after an acrobatic half-volley.

Substitute Bradden Inman was the next Rochdale player to have an effort on goal. Stephen Humphrys did well down the left and his cross was only headed away as far as Inman on the edge of the box, who stuck his shot well but it went a yard wide of the post.

Town were creating their own downfall and a mix-up between Nathan Thomas and Max Lowe allowed Rochdale to win a corner. The ball was swung in and it found Calvin Andrew unmarked in the box but the powerful former Port Vale striker headed wide.

After a nervy opening 15 minutes to the half the visitors began to grow into the game and were able to win a couple of free-kicks in dangerous positions, but once again they couldn’t make them count.

Town then hit the bar when Carlton Morris got onto the end of Nathan Thomas’ back-post corners. Morris looked as if he was trying to cross the ball back into the mix, but instead his ball hit the top of the crossbar and went over.

With just over 15 minutes of the game remaining Town made a double change with Stefan Payne replacing Nathan Thomas and James Bolton coming on for Luke Hendrie.

The changes almost made an instant impact as Max Lowe cut the ball back for Stefan Payne, but Town’s top scorer couldn’t sort his feet out and eventually his shot went harmlessly over the bar.

However, it was at the other end that Town had to be alert and Dean Henderson did brilliantly well to tip a powerful shot around the post from Stephen Humphrys after the Fulham loanee had turned away from James Bolton.

With 10 minutes to play it was a Rochdale substitute that would make the difference. Callum Camps played what appeared to be an innocuous free-kick into the box, but Town failed to deal with it and Steven Davies produced a stunning overhead kick, which looped over the head of Henderson and into the back of the net.

Town were now desperately searching for an equaliser and one decent passing move, which involved the likes of Arthur Gnahoua, Stefan Payne and James Bolton led to the latter having a late opportunity, but his shot was straight at Lillis from 12 yards.

As the game ticked into three minutes of stoppage time Town won a late corner, which Dean Henderson decided to come up for, but Shaun Whalley’s cross was too deep and beat everyone.

Jon Nolan then hit the bar in the dying minutes as the ball fell to him 20 yards out and he lashed a volley towards goal, but it clipped the top of the crossbar with Lillis beaten.

With less than a minute to go Town were handed a penalty as Jon Nolan went down under a challenge, but the referee’s assistant got involved and deemed that Nolan had dived, meaning that Mr Clark changed his mind and pointed to the corner flag.

Henderson once again came up for the corner, but Rochdale were able to counter and Dale Captain Ian Henderson passed the ball into an open goal to make it 3-1.

Full-Time: 3-1

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Ticket News

Rochdale Ticket Details

24 March 2018

Ticket details for our trip to Crown Oils Arena

Rochdale v Shrewsbury Town
Friday 30th March 2018 – kick-off 3pm
Crown Oil Arena
SKY Bet League One

Ticket prices have been confirmed for our Sky Bet League One trip to Crown Oil Arena to take on Rochdale.

The inital 540 tickets have sold out but another 491 have now gone on sale.

We recommend that you buy tickets in advance.

Tickets will be priced at -

Adults - £22 
Senior - £16
young Person (U21s) - £16
Junior (U16s) - £5
2 Years and under - FREE 

We have had confirmation that Town fans can pay on the day and there is no mention of any price increase on the day.

Ambulant Disabled are charged the appropriate rate for their ticket however, should they need a full time carer to accompany them, the carer is admitted free of charge.  Proof of carer status or middle to higher band of disability is required.

Wheelchair Users are charged the concession price with the carer being free of charge.

Tickets will go off sale on Thursday 29th March at 5:00pm.

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways:

In person at the Montgomery Waters Meadow ticket office
By calling 01743 273943
Via our online ticketing site - click here

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