Rochdale will be looking to bounce back, after being handed a 6-0 thrashing by a ruthless Peterborough side. The Posh scored three goals in either half, with striker Ivan Toney bagging a hat-trick.
The Dale had made a good start to the season, prior to this crushing defeat. Brian Barry-Murphy will be happy that his side has a game mid-week, to right the wrongs from Saturday’s demolition.
Rochdale have Lincoln and Fleetwood in the league, before travelling to Old Trafford to face Man United in the EFL Cup. It’s important they enter that game on the back of good performances, with confidence high.
Let’s have a look at a couple of changes the manager might make to face Lincoln tonight…
16-year-old Luke Matheson impressed in his first league start against Sunderland, as he coped well defending against Aiden McGeady, who is arguably the best player in League One. Jimmy Keohane struggled to contain Marcus Maddison on Saturday, although his versatility is key, perhaps sides are targeting that wing due to his defensive frailties. Matheson deserves an opportunity at right-back.
I expect Matt Done to return to the starting line-up tonight, in place of Rekeil Pyke, who has contributed just one goal so far this season. Although Done isn’t a regular goalscorer, he’s creative and creates opportunities for others around him.
Rochdale have one of the best strikers in the division, Ian Henderson. The majority of their goals are scored by him, it’s about creating his chances. Done links up well with Henderson, by attacking down the wings and delivering quality into the box.
Back at home, Rochdale will be looking for goals and a win. Provide for Henderson and he will score goals.