Rochdale travelled to Bradford City last night in the Leasing.com trophy. Even though they won 2-1, other results in their group have stopped Dale from progressing. However, there was a lot of talent in the squad.
Bradford went 1-0 up last night after 15 minutes. Rochdale then woke up and an equaliser came after 29 minutes.
In an eventful first half, Fabio Tavares also managed to score meaning that Rochdale would win 2-1. The side then managed to keep on top of their win throughout the second half.
Rochdale have been treating this competition as an experiment for their squad. They have been mixing youth team members with experienced players.
It was definitely the youngsters who came through last night. However, it is just unfortunate that Rochdale couldn’t progress to the next round.
They had a tough group to compete in. Bolton Wanderers and Man City Under 21’s have gone through in their group. Putting that aside, here are two stand out players from last night…
The 17-year-old deserves all the praise after last night’s performance. He made his debut in the squad and is a future star.
Dunne is a centre half who was put into the squad to see how he played. He definitely impressed with strong blocks, getting stuck into every ball and performing to a great standard.
This is great for the teenager who will now be monitored by Brian Barry-Murphy. He surely has made an impact on fans and management after last night.
The 18-year-old striker is a name that Rochdale fans will be familiar with. This is because he has already been featured in the first-team squad.
However, last night saw him shine due to being in a younger squad. He is another rising star in the Dale squad.
His goal in the 35th minute was the final goal of the game. This goes to show that not only can the Rochdale squad produce goals, they can also defend well too.