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Rochdale fans react to the last gasp winner ‘Poor Shrewsbury must feel like they’ve been mugged.’

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An 88th-minute goal meant that Rochdale took all three points against Shrewsbury this weekend. The Football Manc Cave looks at your reactions.

The game wasn’t packed with a lot of action and fans seemed to be pretty bored. However, in the 67th minute, 21-year-old Tyler Smith replaced Aaron Wilbraham.

Rochdale fans have been used too late disappointment in games. Although, the late goal in this game went in their favour.

Tyler Smith managed to get his first goal for Dale in the 88th minute. This also was enough for Brian Barry Murphy’s side to take all three points.

However, despite the win, Rochdale fans are still frustrated…

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Rochdale need to holt this one Bristol Rovers player to gain 3 points, agree?

Rochdale will face Bristol Rovers in League One this weekend. Both teams will be looking for points.

Rochdale will be looking to take all 3 points from this clash. However, Bristol could also do with some points.

Both sides have been scoring recently so fans should expect a good game.

In terms of the league, Rochdale currently sit at 14th on 19 points. Bristol sit at 10th with 22 points. Not much separates the two.


Aaron Wilbraham was sent off in Dale’s last game. This is a blow as he will be suspended for this clash.

However, Brian Barry-Murphy will just have to have a back up plan. His team will also have to keep a close eye on one particular player.

Alex Rodman

While all the players on the pitch should give it their all, Dale will need to keep an eye on Rodman.

He worked really hard against Portsmouth and even scored. There were also many times that he came close to scoring again and got into dangerous positions.

Two in, two out for Rochdale tonight against MK Dons

Rochdale will be looking to make it three wins in three tonight as they face MK Dons. The Football Manc Cave are looking at 2 players who should be in the starring 11 to help take all three points. We are also picking 2 that should be dropped.

After Rochdale’s win at Bolton this weekend, Brian Barry-Murphy will be looking for another three points.

Unfortunately, each week there seems to be a new injury at the Dale. This week it’s goalkeeper, Robert Sanchez.

However, Brian Barry-Murphy’s team are still pulling out winning performances. Here’s 2 players who should be in that starting line up and 2 who should be on the bench…

In: Ollie Rathbone

He was in he squad that beat Bolton and he did get a start. However, the 23 year old should be rewarded with his efforts at the weekend by being started again.

The centre midfielder put Rochdale 2-1 up against Bolton. He also encouraged the third goal. His confidence will definitely improve if he starts again.

In: Fabio Tavares

The 18 year old came on in the second half of the Bolton game and he bagged the third goal. It was also his first senior goal.

If he doesn’t get a start tonight, Barry-Murphy should definitely bring him on again as a substitute. He could make the difference in getting Dale the 3 points.

Out: MJ Williams

This isn’t because the 23 year old had a bad game. However, he did get substituted in the second half against Bolton for Aaron Wilbraham.

I think it may be more tactical for Barry-Murphy to have him on the bench. He can play as centre back or a midfielder so wherever is lacking consistency, he can replace someone.

Out: Aaron Morley

Again, he hasn’t been playing poorly, but the 19 year old may benefit from a rest.

If he was on the bench, Brian Barry-Murphy could bring him on as reinforcement.

2 in-form players for Rochdale that need to play Bolton this weekend

Brian Barry-Murphy’s side faces Bolton Wanderers this weekend. While both sides will be looking for a win, Rochdale will need these two players to help them succeed.

The interesting thing about this clash is that this is the third time they have met this season. However, this is the first League game.

The other two have been cup games. A young Bolton team faced Dale early on and lost 5-2. They then met again with a more solid and experienced team. It ended in a 1-1 draw with ex Bolton man Aaron Wilbraham scoring Dales equaliser.

Both sides will be scrapping for every decision, goals and points so it will be an interesting game. However, here’s two players Rochdale need in their squad…

Ian Henderson

It goes without saying that this man has been Rochdale’s saviour so far this season. He’s scored multiple goals in games recently and will be hungry for more.

Henderson scored both Dale goals against Accrington Stanley. He also did the same against AFC Wimbledon.

As a Bolton fan, I hope he doesn’t do it against us this weekend. Rochdale fans, on the other hand, will be praying that he does.

Aaron Wilbraham

Aaron is a Bolton Wanderers legend. He scored the goal that kept us up against Nottingham Forest.

However, the last time these two sides met, as mentioned before, he scored Dale’s equaliser.

This is why it could be tactical for BBM to start him. He’s been out for some time but now that he’s back and ready to score, he could contribute to taking all 3 points from Bolton.

Rochdale need these 2 players to shine today to get back to winning ways

Rochdale haven’t been on top form in recent games. The Football Manc Cave are looking at two players who need to step up to get the team back to winning ways.

When Brian Barry-Murphy took over as Rochdale manager, some fans had doubts. He managed to prove people wrong early on this season as he got some good results.

However, things haven’t been as good recently. They have managed to slip down to 19th in League One. This has come after a series of losses but I believe Barry-Murphy can turn this around.

He’ll need some players to step up if this is to happen. Here’s two who could turn Rochdale’s form around if they work hard and stay focused…

Paul McShane

McShane has only just signed for Dale but has admitted that he wants to be a part of something special. He thinks Brian Barry-Murphy makes the Rochdale team just that.

The defender has signed a short deal until January. Even though it’s not a long-time period, he is eager to make a difference. By his own admission, he is not afraid to be loud and try to lead the defence. This is something that could help the rest of the backline and stop goals being conceded.

Aaron Wilbraham

The 39-year-old is a player who fans enjoy watching. It’s just a shame that he’s only just come back from injury. He arrived at Rochdale on a free transfer from Bolton Wanderers.

Wilbraham is now fit again and getting starts. However, it will take a little bit of warming up to ease him back into the game. Especially League One football. When he is ready, he will be a key player for Brian Barry-Murphy. That is if he can stay clear of injury.

There are other players that could be mentioned. For example, Ian Henderson. He has produced much-needed goals for the Dale recently. However, this pick of players is just a couple who could raise the bar a little for the struggling Rochdale side.

Rochdale making smart moves in the transfer window – Agree?

Rochdale have secured many futures at the club this summer from within their own ranks, is this enough to secure improvement?

Many reports have been confirmed about Rochdale successfully extending and/or renewing contracts for players both fresh and experienced from within their own ranks.

Favourites such as Aaron Wilbraham, who will turn 40 during his next season with Rochdale, wonderkid Aaron Morley, Brad Wade, Ollie Rathbone are all extending contracts. Matty Done also will remain at the Dale for a further two years.

Rochdale have also been securing their own future by giving professional contracts to their youth, so look out for the names Lewis Bradley, Harrison Hopper and Fabio Tavares. This certainly creates a buzz around the club as it demonstrates the faith they have in their youth, which can almost determine the future of an entire club.

By maintaining key and future players, Rochdale has allowed themselves to have a steady structure and both short term and long terms plans for the future, in which they can add the missing pieces to through transfers.

This busy summer window indicates that Rochdale are looking at a vast improvement going into the new season, and we could see a new Rochdale going forward.

Looking at Rochdale’s Twitter page, there are numerous posts celebrating the contract renewals and extensions which have taken place over this summer. However, the majority of responses follow the opinion that Rochdale needs to announce more new signings, in order to appease the quality of football as well as the excitement of the fans.

Rochdale’s past two seasons have resulted in a disappointing 16th place finish and a very frightening 20th place. They will surely be attempting to push past the mid-table point in the 19/20 season.

Two Players That Rochdale Fans Will Be Desperate to Sign a New Deal – Agree?

Following on from my previous articles it has been revealed that Brian Barry-Murphy has offered new terms to seven out of the nine players who out of contract this summer.

Namely Matty Done, Jimmy Keohane, Aaron Morley, Kgosi Ntlhe, Ollie Rathbone, Brad Wade & Aaron Wilbraham. Only Jordan Williams and Bradden Inman were informed that their services would no longer be required at Spotland next season.

With such a high number of potential renewals, it is likely that not all will accept. Out of the seven that Barry-Murphy wishes to retain, I would like to concentrate on two in particular…

Ollie Rathbone

I was quite surprised to learn that midfielder Ollie Rathbone’s contract was allowed to run down, as I would have been sitting him down to discuss terms long before this point. Many Rochdale fans will agree, it is vital he signs a new deal and doesn’t walk for free if they are to see some progression on the pitch. His endless energy and commitment to the cause is a vital cog in a fully fit Rochdale midfield.

Kgosi Ntlhe

The second player was considerably harder to pick as a couple of players seemingly played their way into new deals towards the end of the season, turning it on exactly when needed. The player I have chosen to focus on is Kgosi Ntlhe as he almost looked a different player upon return from his injury towards the back end of the season.

His impressive performances in the back four, chipping in with a couple of important goals, have almost certainly meant he will have at least another season at Spotland to kick on and showcase his talents on a more regular basis.

Aaron Wilbraham is also worth a mention as he was strongly considered for this article as similar to Ntlhe, he put in some big performances at the back end of the season and scored some crucial goals. His age is a factor though with him currently being 39, he surely can’t have many seasons left professionally. Depending on his wage demands it may ultimately be better looking elsewhere in the long run, but providing the finance package to retain him is reasonable, he maybe could be a good option.

Rochdale Announce Who’s Out The Door This Summer, As BBM Looks To The Future

Now that the dust has settled on another turbulent season for Rochdale in which they confirmed survival in the final weeks of the season, talk has turned to shape next seasons squad going forward under the management of Brian Barry-Murphy.

Currently, Defender, Kgosi Ntlhe, Midfielders, Matty Done, Jimmy Keohane, Aaron Morley, Ollie Rathbone, Goalkeeper, Brad Wade and Attackers, Aaron Wilbraham, Bradden Inman & Jordan Williams are out of contract this summer.

Loanees Joe Bunney, Zach Clough, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Ethan Hamilton, Rory Holden & Rekeil Pyke will be returning to their parent clubs.

Brian Barry-Murphy will be keen to re-sign as many as possible of the out of contract players, to reinforce the form and consistency Rochdale showed towards the end of this season.

What appears to be most alarming to Dale supporters is the fact the club have let Ollie Rathbone’s contract dwindle. He is an important player for the club and, now holds all the cards in regard to the decision on his future. It is imperative he is offered a new deal as soon as possible to retain his services at Spotland.

Midfielder Matty Done is likely to be offered fresh terms as he is one of the elder statesmen of the team, and has a bit more to offer yet, wages dependent of course.

I believe that Keohane, Nlthe & Wilbraham late-season form will have done enough for them to be offered new contracts, as they showed enough about them to warrant BBM’s continuing faith in their abilities.

When it comes to Brad Wade & Aaron Morley I understand that they may have contract extension options. so hopefully these will be taken up. Wade is currently the only real option BBM has as back-up to first-choice keeper Josh Lillis, so he is more likely to be offered terms than Morley who didn’t feature often under the previous regime. Morley will want assurances from the new management team about his playing time, before considering any possible renewal if the club were to offer him one. I don’t think it would be a major surprise to many at Spotland to see him move on to seek more first-team action if, he didn’t get the assurances he wanted.

This leaves us with Bradden Inman and Jordan Williams who are out of a contract and are leaving the club. Bradden started the season well, scoring twice in a 2-1 win on an opening day away at Burton Albion, but since then has shown inconsistent form leading to him drifting in and out of the team and struggling to make any real impact when he has played.

Finally, Jordan Williams was one of few Rochdale players that a fee was paid for, rumoured to be around the 100k mark to Barrow a couple of seasons ago, so there would be a reluctance to let him go on a free, but despite an extended run in the team this season, he has looked like this level is maybe beyond him at this early stage in his career.

BBM Will Be Looking To Cement League One Status With a Win Over Southend Tomorrow

Its been quite an interesting few months at Spotland. In March with the the club being mired in a second successive relegation battle, a bold step was taken to dismiss the most successful manager in their history and appoint the first team coach, Brian Barry Murphy to the caretaker role.

He took on the challenge with both hands though, to date collecting 17 points out of a possible 27, leading to him being appointed permanent manager at the start of April. Many Dale supporters have attributed this turn of events to BBM’s more consistent approach to team selection than his predecessor. He has tended to choose experience over youth, for example Aaron Wilbraham, who was widely criticised by many at Spotland has shown a complete turnaround getting regular game time under BBM and contributing with a much needed three goals.

Recent results have seen Dale catapult from second bottom to as high as 15th with only two games to to and now they only need to at most win one of those games to ensure League One survival. Dale supporters hope that this will be achieved at this Saturday’s final home game of the season against Southend United, who have relegation worries of their own to contend with. Southend are aiming to maximise their away support by generously laying on free coach travel to Spotland for travelling supporters.

Much must be said of the turn around that Barry-Murphy has brought to a team who appeared to be in free fall, conceding 44 goals in the last 18 league games of Kieth Hills spell in charge. Dale have conceded nine in nine under BBM’s leadership with five of those coming against sides who currently sit in the top four.

This seasons relegation battle in League One has been widely regarded as one of the tightest in recent memory due to the sheer number of teams that were in the fight at one time or another. With two games left only one side is confirmed relegated and if Wimbledon don’t win on Saturday, Rochdale are safe without needing any more points. If Dale win or draw with Southend they are safe. With Plymouth and Scunthorpe playing each other in the last match it’s only possible for one of them to gain enough points to pass them.

Many supporters now have Rochdale down as all but safe, but I am still erring on the side of caution. A win against Southend is far from a forgone conclusion but with results hopefully going Rochdale’s way, a point could be enough for survival, and will be left to be seen how BBM manages in his first summer transfer window as manager.