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Rochdale Pre

17 November 2018

Marcus Braddock previews the weekends big game

This weekend we return to League One action as we entertain Rochdale at Montgomery Waters Meadow. Dale is just a couple of places above us of us with a two point gaps. Their recent form hasn't been bad, from their last five league games they've drawn once and won twice including a 2-0 away win at Bradford last month. If you include last weekends Emirates FA Cup win against Gateshead and their CheckaTrade draw at home to Leicester U21, they've not been beaten in their last four games in all competitions. Their home draws in their recent two cup games mean that this is Dales first away tie since October 23rd, a game that they lost 3-0 to Wycombe Wanderers.

Top Scorer

Ian Henderson with eleven goals in all competitions. Henderson has been with Rochdale since joining from Colchester in March 2013. The 33-year-old striker started his career as a trainee with Norwich and even made a few appearances in the top flight for them in the 2004/5 seasons. He's spent time at a few clubs and even had a spell in Turkey with Ankaragucu but his longest spell anywhere has been with Dale. He scored his 100th goal for Rochdale last Saturday against Gateshead in the F.A. Cup and has scored five times in his last six games including a match winning brace at Bradford.


Clean Sheets

Two from away games and four at home.


Joseph Rafferty 2
Ian Henderson 2
Calvin Andrew 2
Aaron Wilbraham 2


Rochdale have kept clean sheets in 25% of their away games this season and have only failed to score in 12%.

77% of their away goals have been scored in the second half with 50% of those goals coming in the final 15 minutes.

They've conceded six goals in the second half of away games but none in the last 15 minutes of any away game in the league this season.

Rochdale's record in the first half of away games isn't quite as good with just three goals, that's two in the first fifteen minutes, one in the second fifteen minutes and none in the last.

They've won an average of 1.5 points and have scored 1.6 goals per away game this season but have conceded an average of 1.9.

Squad News

Danny Coyne has no new injury worries, Shaun Whalley is still out with a calf injury.


When we face an opponent with no permanent manager in place, I'm never too comfortable because there is often a bounce effect when a manager leaves, meaning a stronger performance. It certainly looked to be the case on Tuesday night when Danny Coyne managed his first win as Town manager after making significant chances. There were some good performances that will have increased competition and with players looking to impress any potential watching manager, we may see more of the same this weekend. Rochdale have a good away record this season so they won’t be easily resisted but we have plenty of ability throughout the squad and if we're at our best there is every chance of a positive result.


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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Shrewsbury Town 3 Rochdale 2

17 November 2018

Shrewsbury Town earn a 3-2 win over Rochdale

Town: Steve Arnold, Josh Emmanuel, Mat Sadler, Omar Beckles, Greg Docherty, Fejiri Okenabirhie (Abo Eisa, 90), Aaron Amadi-Holloway (Lenell John-Lewis, 84), Luke Waterfall, Josh Laurent, Ollie Norburn, Anthony Grant.

Subs: Joel Coleman, James Bolton, Lenell John-Lewis, Alex Gilliead, Abo Eisa, Charlie Colkett, Ryan Sears.

Dale: Magnus Norman, Joe Rafferty, Ryan Delaney, Harrison McGahey, Stephan Dooley, Calvin Andrew, Callum Camps, Jordan Williams (Aaron Wilbraham, 79), Brad Inman (David Perkins, 68), Sam Hart (Matt Done, 79), Ian Henderson.

Subs: Josh Lillis, Jimmy McNulty, MJ Williams, Oliver Rathbone, Matt Done, David Perkins, Aaron Willbraham.

Referee: Lee Swabey

Assistants: Wade Smith and Thomas Harty

Fourth official: Christopher Sarginson

Attendance: 5861 (340)

Shrewsbury Town won all three points this afternoon with a 3-2 win over Rochdale.

Ollie Norburn and Fejiri Okenabirhie were the pair on hand to give Town the goals, which earned their side all three points.

Team News: Danny Coyne has named a more familiar starting 11 to face Rochdale. He makes zero changes to the team that faced Salford in the FA Cup first round.


First Half:

The first 20 minutes of the half turned out to be quite an even affair. Both sides were looking to progress up the danger end of the pitch at any given chance. Town and the visitors had a number of half-chances but nothing clear-cut.

Callum Camps was booked in the 30th minute for pulling down Josh Laurent in the middle of the park.

Shortly after that foul, Town were fouled again - but this time it was in the visitors box, as Sam Hart brought down Fejiri Okenabirhie from behind. Ollie Norburn was the player who put the ball down on the spot, and the midfielder tucked away his penalty into the bottom left corner to give Town the lead.

The Dale had their own chance to put the ball into the net just after the 38th minute through Jordan Williams. The forward latched onto a driven cross, but Luke Waterfall did enough to put his man off and the ball ballooned over the bar.

After a good passing move the visitors managed to pull a goal back. Brad Inman was the recipient of a good pass, which saw him through on goal and the striker curled the ball into the goal - to bring the score level on the stroke of half-time.

Both sides went into the break level on the score sheet. Town did well to take the lead after an impressive first period, but the visitors managed to pull a goal back minutes before the whistle.


Second Half:

Steve Arnold was called into action early on as the visitors were pushing forward after the break. A deflected ball could have seen Ian Henderson through on goal, but Arnold’s quick reactions saw him scoop up the ball and avert any danger.

After a period of pressure the Dale managed to take the lead through Jordan Williams in 58th minute. The Dale player was dealt some good fortune when the ball fell to him on the box. Still with a lot to do, Williams lashed a driven shot into the back of the net from just inside the box.

Town were pushing to find an equaliser and came close to finding it in the 65th minute. Norburn did well to dribble into space, but his long-range effort was well saved by Magnus Norman.

Just a minute later Town found that equaliser through Okenabirhie. Laurent slipped a wonderful ball through the Dale back line and Okenabirhie smartly finished into the corner of the net for his first League One goal – making the score 2-2.

After sustained pressure Town took the lead through Norburn in the 71st minute. The midfielder played smart one-two with Aaron Amadi-Holloway, which gave him half a yard of space. The midfielder let off a powerful shot, which deflected into the Dale goal.

The next 10 minutes saw the visitors pushing hard towards Town’s final third. The Shrews defence was being tested but remained firm despite the barrage of attacks.

The game came to an end with Town on the right side of the 3-2 score-line.

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Ticket News

Rochdale Ticket Details

14 November 2018

The ticket details for our Sky Bet League One game with Rochdale

Shrewsbury Town v Rochdale
Saturday 17th November – 3pm Kick-Off
Montgomery Waters Meadow
Sky Bet League One

Tickets are now on sale for our home game with Rochdale.

This game is valid for Season Ticket holders and they can turn up on the day and scan their card at the turnstiles for stadium entry. 

Match tickets are available before the day of the game and on the day of the match. 

Supporters are encouraged to buy in advance if they can to help beat the queues on matchday.

Ticket prices for a 2018/19 Sky Bet League One fixture can be found here

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

Tickets bought online can be printed at home and scanned for stadium entry.

When buying online the following costs apply-

Print at Home = Free
Collect from STFC = Free
Standard post = £2.60
Special Delivery = £9.00
Add to FanCard = Free

U12s go free to every home SkyBet League One game during the 2018/19 season.

Supporters can get tickets via the popular FlexiTicket or you can use the new FanCard to save money on every home league game.

There are several options for the game if you would like to sample our matchday hospitality, you can see this here - Matchday Hospitality - or contact our Commercial team here -

If you can't make it to the game you can listen to full match commentary, or watch the game if you are an International fan, on IFollow Shrews or download the app here to listen if you are out and about - IFollow App.

Travel - There are a number of matchday buses from around the county and buses from town centre, details here Matchday Travel Plan.  There a number of parking options in and around the stadium, these can be viewed here Matchday Parking Options.

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