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Rochdale fans react to disappointing loss ‘Really embarrassing performance that, We’re screwed, no plan B’

Brian Barry Murphy’s side had to pick themselves up from last weeks defeat and try and take something from Fleetwood yesterday. Unfortunately, they were subject to a late goal which put them 2-1 down.

Rochdale arrived at Fleetwood today with high hopes, loud fans and Aaron Wilbraham back In the squad. 8 minutes into the game and the Dale were 1-0 up with a goal from Rekeil Pyke. Unfortunately, ten minutes later, Fleetwood was level.

A point would still have been good to take away from the game, and it looked like this was the way they were heading right up until the 87th minute when Fleetwood went 2-1 up. Obviously this wasn’t the way that Brian Barry Murphy had planned the game to go and it’s disappointing.

Here are your reactions…

2 changes that Rochdale should make against Fleetwood to bring home the 3 points

Rochdale drew 1-1 at home to Lincoln City in mid-week. Stephen Dooley opened the scoring before Tyler Walker levelled late to grab his side a valuable away point.

Brian Barry-Murphy will head to Fleetwood Town with the aim of returning with three points, that could propel the Dale back into the top half.

Let’s take a look at how the gaffer might tweak his side today…

I expect Aaron Morley to return to the starting line-up today. The midfielder started the season well, bagging goals against Carlisle United and Southend United in consecutive matches. With Rochdale being largely reliant on Ian Henderson for their goals, it’s important they utilise other sources if they arise. Morley has shown a liking for getting forward this season, and he’s added that extra that quality to his game.

Jimmy Ryan may regain his place in central midfield for the trip to Highbury. Fleetwood is a tough place to go, and they play with energy and strong attacking intensity. Ryan has experience of playing at this level and knows how to take control of games. The veteran is a good ball-winner and retains possession well.

Although youngsters like Callum Camps have enjoyed brilliant starts to the season, Ryan’s experience and knowledge are invaluable in games like today.

Rochdale have lost just two league games so far, from eight, both to sides with significantly bigger budgets, Peterborough and Sunderland. The Dale haven’t got the points they deserve so far. However, their performances must be pleasing staff and supporters, and they’re scoring goals which is good.

A win at Fleetwood would give a huge morale boost to everyone at the club, and see Rochdale climb back into the top-half, results depending.

Rochdale will look to bounce back with these 2 changes against Lincoln City

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…

Luke Matheson

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.

Matt Done

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.

‘The joy of supporting Rochdale one week, better than Brazil & the toast of the nation, week after looking like Bolton’

Rochdale suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Peterborough, which is a stark contrast to last week.

Brian Barry Murphy has been doing well as Rochdale manager so far. Fans have been happy with scores and performances. Today they faced Peterborough United and suffered a blow.

They ended up losing 6-0. Not as good as recent performances and a bit of a disappointment. However, at least it’s not been like this every week for the Dale, and Brian Barry Murphy will know what he needs to work on in training.

Here are your reactions…

League One’s ‘Man City’ Rochdale looking to keep up their style of play with this midfield against Peterborough

Rochdale will be looking for back-to-back league wins after defeating Southend United 0-3 at Roots Hall, last time out.

The Dale have started the season in good form, however hoping to convert draws into wins, which will see them compete for a top-six finish come May.

League One fans are starting to take note of this side and manager. Rochdale plays very good football and is certainly a team on the up.

They face Peterborough on Saturday, let’s look at how their midfield may line-up…

Jordan Williams will again be at the heart of a solid Rochdale midfield. The former Liverpool youngster has been a fantastic addition to Brian Barry Murphy’s side. A tough tackler, who is also a very good footballer and one that could probably play at a level above, easily. Callum Camps is enjoying the season of his life, scoring four goals in six games so far this campaign. The midfielder is working towards a Northern Ireland call-up.

Stephen Dooley will probably start on the right side of midfield. A player that offers an attacking threat, however, is also recognised for his defensive abilities. On the left side will likely be Matt Done. A player that contributes with goals and assists, he links up well with Ian Henderson, who scores a majority of their goals.

Finally, Aaron Morley, similarly to Camps, is in the form of his life. The young midfielder has scored in his last two league games, and is enjoying that free role which allows him to get forward and express himself.

It will be a tough test at London Road, however if Rochdale play like they can, I see them getting a positive result from the game.

Rochdale needs BBM to keep achieving these 2 things in 2019

Rochdale is having a good run in League One under Brian Barry Murphy. The Football Manc Cave is looking at what he needs to achieve before the end of 2019.

I’m not a Rochdale fan but I am happy for them and their manager. I wrote a lot about what he would need to do to succeed at the Dale over the summer. Now his plan and hard work are showing in his results and the league table.

They recently beat Southend 3-0, drew with Blackpool 0-0 and lost to Sunderland 2-1. They sit 11th in the league with 9 points from 6 games. It’s impressive but it’s also early doors, what will Brian Barry-Murphy need to do to keep up this form?

Keep Working On Squad and Player Performances

It’s clear that he’s got a good plan of action on the training ground and off. Whatever he’s doing is working and Rochdale is performing well. However, sometimes certain players can drop or the squad can take a knock. So the mentality that he’s got his players in now will need to be kept up, in order to keep them climbing the league.

He’s a relatively calm character who just wants his squad to get the job done. The players all seem to respect him and this is probably why results are going in their favour. He just needs to keep the squads individual and team performances at the same standard and help them improve.

Keep Goal Difference At a Positive

In the league, they currently have a +3 goal difference. Their performances are steady and consistent so my prediction is that they will continue to work for a mid-table place or higher. One big factor in this league that determines places is goal difference. Being on a plus total in early stages of the season is great. BBM just needs to keep that how it is, so they don’t start slipping down the league.

When you look at their recent form, they aren’t conceding many. If they keep this up, they will continue to do well.

These 2 Rochdale youngsters are guaranteed to cause Man City u23s problems

Rochdale has had an average start to the season, but certain performances from certain players show that they can cause their opponents an issue or two on their day…

Rochdale have won two, drawn three and lost one league game in EFL League One so far, leaving them in eleventh place. With regards to Rochdale’s usual form, things are actually on the up in Rochdale this season.

When The Dale beat Bolton 5-2 in the Football League Trophy, the weakness of their opponent doesn’t give much insight as to how Rochdale will cope with the competition.

However, some performances from their young players have given an insight as to what Rochdale could offer this season. These 2 youngsters, in particular, could see them surpass Man City u23s in the next round of the Football League Trophy…

Callum Camps

This 23-year-old local lad striker will be keen to put in a good performance against Man City u23s. He has 2 goals and 3 assists in 6 games so far in League One and is fast becoming one of competition’s most prolific forwards.

Aaron Morley

Morley, who is only 19, has become a first-choice midfielder for Barry-Murphy’s side. He has featured in 5 league games, scoring 2 goals and putting in some fantastic performances.

With Morley in the middle of the park and Camps up top, Rochdale’s attacking threat could be brutal over the coming years should they keep hold of these talents. Should they both feature against Man City u23s, they will most certainly cause their fellow footballing youngsters some serious problems.

Rochdale must overcome a difficult Southend with these 2 players on the pitch

The Football Manc Cave are looking at Brian Barry Murphy’s Rochdale side that is about to take on Southend.

As always, the manager has given his thoughts ahead of the clash…

The interview started with BBM stating that traditionally, Southend has been extraordinarily tough for the Dale. However, he’s said he doesn’t want to focus on the past which is sensible and why he’s proving to be such a good manager.

He also went on to explain how Southend’s start has been quite misleading, in the fact that they’ve had a lot of good spells in games and a lot of productive attacking play. They haven’t won yet although he has said that it couldn’t be a more dangerous time to play them with them looking for some points also.

One more thing that he addressed in the interview was the big news of Rochdale drawing Manchester United in the Carabao Cup. It’s obviously huge for the club and the fans, but Brian Barry-Murphy has said he’s confident that his players will be able to keep their focus on their league games despite the excitement of the game at Old Trafford.

2 Players That Must Play For Rochdale

I’ve picked out two Dale players that obviously must start no matter what with their recent performances. One of them being Robert Sanchez. He’s made some absolutely fantastic saves and in Rochdale’s last games which earned him Man Of The Match against Blackpool.

Another player who is an obvious pick, I know, but there’s a reason why he’s captain. Callum Camps. Not just his leadership skills, his goal-scoring ability. There’s no doubt from anyone that’s he will be in the starting line up.


Rochdale most recently drew with Blackpool 0-0, lost to Sunderland, 2-1 and drew 0-0 with Shrewsbury. They currently sit 13th in the league. Southend has lost 4-3 to Wycombe and 2-0 to Peterborough in their recent efforts and sit 22nd in the league on 0 points. Both teams will be looking to get points so it should be interesting, however, I predict that Rochdale will win and keep a clean sheet.

‘Absolutely buzzing! Up the Dale’ Rochdale fans excited by 3rd round draw

Rochdale will travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the third round of the EFL Cup.

The Dale have enjoyed a super start to the season, losing just one of their opening seven games, in all competitions.

Brian Barry Murphy’s side booked their place in the round, after beating Carlisle United on Tuesday night, thanks to goals from Aaron Morley and Matt Done.

Let’s see how their fans reacted to the draw…

BBM proving that Rochdale should be serious playoff contenders this season, agree?

Another win for Rochdale. The Dale have lost just one of their opening seven matches, in all competitions. A good side that is fully deserving of their early-season success.

Brian Barry-Murphy has done a terrific job since taking the reigns at Spotland earlier this year. The young manager kept his side in League One, comfortably in the end, after turning around their home form.

In the summer, they strengthened with the signings of Rhys Norrington-Davies, Jimmy Ryan and more. Rochdale plays with a really attractive and aggressive style, committing a lot of bodies forward, while really dictating the pace of the game. The Dale have real quality in the final third, with Callum Camps especially enjoying a fine start to the season.

Ian Henderson is the match-winner. He scores for fun. The problem in recent years has been supplying him with enough chances. Murphy has recognised this and built a side that can score goals, and deliver quality into the box. Norrington-Davies, Camps and Matt Done have all enjoyed positive starts to the season, linking up well to score and create goals.

On the flip side, Rochdale is conceding more goals due to the attacking style that Murphy has chosen to adopt. However, they have players that can hurt any team in this division. A team that scores plenty of goals, will always be challenging at the right end of the table come May.

I admire Murphy for taking a gamble this season, knowing his side will be open defensively, but confident his side can outscore other teams. It’s good to see young managers doing well, and I hope Rochdale can make the playoffs this season.

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