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Match preview: Rochdale

24 October 2020

Match Previews

Match preview: Rochdale

24 October 2020

Take a look at Town's next opposition - Rochdale.

Shrewsbury Town play their second home game in a row this weekend with the visit of Rochdale in Skybet League One. Like many teams this season, Dale started with two cup games, beating Huddersfield 1-0 away in the Carabao League Cup and Morecambe 2-1 away in the EFL Trophy.

Their first league game of the season was their third away game in a row but they didn't manage to make it a hat-trick of away wins, losing 3-1 to Swinton Town. Their first home game of the season came in the second round of the Carabao League Cup against Sheffield Wednesday, who won 2-0. It was Dale's first game without scoring this season and a further three followed in relatively quick succession.

The visit of Portsmouth ended in a 0-0 draw, a trip to Ipswich resulted in a 2-0 win for the home team and their home game against Manchester United u21's finished goalless followed by a penalty shoot-out defeat.

Their last four games have seen an improvement in results with two wins and two draws, all in Skybet League One. On October 3rd, Rochdale broke their goal drought with a 2-0 home win against Fleetwood in Skybet League One. A close 2-1 league defeat at Accrington was followed by a slightly less close 3-0 home defeat to Hull City and last week, Dale beat Burton 1-0.

Read Sam Ricketts' thoughts ahead of the fixture...

Top Scorers (Cup games in brackets)

Jimmy Keohane 2

Matt Lund 2

Fabio Tavares 1 (1)

Clean Sheets

Two from league games and two from cup games.


Kwadwo Baah 1

Matt Done 1

Aaron Morely 1

Alex Newby 1


So far, Rochdale haven't been given any red cards in League One and have only received eight yellow cards, the second lowest in the division.


In League One, Dale have scored five goals, two at home and three away from home. Of their three away goals, all were scored in the second half with two scored in the first fifteen minutes and the third in the last fifteen.

They've conceded eleven goals in the league, four at home and seven away. Of those seven, three were conceded in the first half and four in the second.


Carl Brook from Sussex. Games this season: 6. Yellow cards: 16. Red cards: 0.

Squad News

Scott Goldbourne is unlikely to be available after Tuesday's injury against Bristol Rovers.


Rochdale are in a similar position to us in the league with seven points to our six but we have played one less game. From the available footage, Rochdale look strong going forward and comfortable in possession when at their best. They look able to take advantage of free-kicks and corners with several players capable of a decent delivery. They're also capable of conceding goals, particularly away from home so if we can keep working hard for opportunities things could go our way.

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