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Rochdale need their defence to look like this tonight to stop Ipswich Town

Rochdale face Ipswich tonight at home. After a loss to Bristol Rovers last weekend, they’ll be looking for a win.

Brian Barry Murphy will be looking for his side to boince back tonight and react. Dale lost to Bristol, 2-1 at the weekend.

They went 2-0 down in the first half and Eoghan O’Connell even scored an own goal.

Fans were frustrated at half time but Dale’s second half performance definitely improved. Callum Camps managed to pull a goal back but it wasn’t enough.

With that in mind, this is how Rochdale’s defence should line up tonight if they want to stand a chance…

Left back: Rhys Norrington-Davies

The 20 year old has got big responsibilities for his age. However, he has adapted well.

This may be a tougher game for him as Ipswich are 2nd in League One. Rochdale are currently 14th.

Centre back: Paul McShane

The 33 year old only joined Rochdale a few weeks ago. However, he has made such a good impact at the back.

He is acting as a leader as his experience proves that he knows what he’s doing.

Centre back: Eoghan O’Connell

The 24 year old scored an own goal against Bristol last weekend. However, he shouldn’t be dropped tonight.

If Brian Barry-Murphy was to leave him out of the squad tonkght, it would completely knock his confidence.

Right back: Luke Matheson

The 17 year old didn’t play against Bristol so he could be featured tonight. He will be rested enough.

Jimmy Keohane played in this position last weekend. He is naturually a midfielder so he could be swapped tonight.

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.

Bolton will be looking to build on their first win with this starting 11 against Lincoln

Bolton Wanderers Keith Hill

Keith Hill’s Bolton side will be looking for another win this weekend. They managed to pick up their first lot of 3 points against Bristol this week. Hopefully that will inspire some more points against Lincoln.

Bolton managed a 2-0 win over Bristol Rovers this week. It was the first time the Wanderers have picked up 3 points this season.

It has taken them a step closer to escaping the minus points they’re in. Now they’ll be hoping to continue that process this weekend.

However, to make sure that standard of performance remains, this is the starting 11 that Keith Hill should put out…


The starting line up should be exactly the same as earlier in the week…

When Keith Hill first took over, the problem seemed to be the defence. However, with new signings and intense training, he seems to have sorted that.

Now it’s the attack he’s focussed on. Luke Murphy and Daryl Murphy both got the goals against Bristol.

Hopefully they’ll feel motivated to get their names on the score sheet again this weekend.


In recent weeks, Keith Hill has been playing around with his formation and positioning.

Now I think he’s found the correct attacking line up. Instead of having Joe Dodoo on the bench, he should be in the starting line up helping put Murphy, O’Grady and Crawford.

’I’d forgot this feeling… GET IN!’ Bolton fans react to their first win of the season

Bolton Wanderers had their first League One win of the season last night against Bristol Rovers. The Football Manc Cave looks at your reactions.

Bolton lost 3-1 to Rochdale at the weekend after taking the lead. This came after Bolton fans were sure a win was on the cards.

Last night, Keith Hill’s side travelled to Bristol. After 16 minutes, Like Murphy put Bolton 1-0 up.

The Trotters managed to keep their lead until half time. Daryl Murphy then made it 2-0 in the second half and the Wanderers claimed all 3 points.

This is obviously a big moment for the League one side as it takes them to -5 points. It’s a step closer to escaping the minus points they are on.

Here’s your reactions…

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Plymouth Argyle’s latest Bury signing will be looking to add these 2 qualities

Byron Moore has become the fifth player to join Plymouth Argyle from a troubled Bury. FC

The 30-year-old striker has made the decision to follow his teammates and ex-manager, Ryan Lowe to Plymouth as Bury’s financial problems continue.

The striker has gone to the Pilgrims for free which is obviously another blow to the Shakers, although the players have to think of their future. When they are this close to the start of the season and the team they are playing for can’t pay them and are uncertain on their financial state. These players need to make the moves while they’ve got the opportunity. Even though it’s sad times for fans of Bury, Moore seems to have made a sensible choice by following the players and manager he already knows and respects.

What will he add to Plymouth?


The striker managed to find the back of the net 5 times in 18 appearances for the Shakers last season after he joined the club from Bristol Rovers. Imagine the goals he could provide after appearing for a full season. He should also be able to perform well as he will be a part of a stable club where he doesn’t need to worry as much about wages, headlines and behind the scenes problems.

Team and Experience

Plymouth will be taking on League two with a team of players who are used to higher league football so surely that’s a positive to think about for the club. Byron Moore has now added to that experience and he will be reunited with the manager, Ryan Lowe and players, Danny Mayor, Will Aimson, Callum McFadzean and Dom Telford. The side won’t have as much work to do then it comes to trying to gel together as a team as a handful of them already know what it’s like to work together.

It’s an unfortunate time for Bury and it will be hard to keep on hearing of these player departures, hopefully, the problems will be sorted sooner rather than later and some positive news will come.

This Oldham Athletic Back Line Will Stop Northampton’s Top Scorer Andy Williams

Oldham have been pretty lucky with injuries this season and have only had a couple of players out for lengthy periods. When we have struggled with losing a defender there has always been cover available. Unfortunately, the injuries to Peter Clarke and George Edmundson and on loan ‘keeper Daniel Iversen will probably mean that the back line for the final game will look completely different than usual.

Obviously, Athletic hope to finish on a winning note with Callum Lang signing off in style after failing to find the net in the last five games. His fourteen goals this season have helped Latics stay within reach of the playoffs and of course steered them into the 4th round of the FA Cup.

Northampton’s main threat comes from 32-year-old Andy Williams who appears to have spent most of his career shuffling between West Country clubs Hereford, Bristol Rovers, Yeovil and Swindon before moving to Doncaster then Northampton.

A forward whose online profile describes him as weak at aerial duels, holding on to the ball, passing and very weak at finishing shouldn’t prove to be much of a handful against Athletic’s rejigged defence. But he is obviously in the side for a good reason and shouldn’t be ignored. He is obviously popular with the supporters and recently said about them “Deep into myself I play the game, without your love it always ends the same while life around me goes on everywhere, I’m playing Solitaire

The Oldham back four will probably include Tom Hamer, Alex Iacovitti and Rob Hunt but could well include Jamie Stott who has returned from a loan spell with Stockport, having picked up two young player of the year awards following their success in the National League North. Also in the running has to be former youth team player Javid Swaby-Neavin who signed professional terms this week alongside midfielder Harry Robinson.

Also in the mix could be Jay Sheridan and Sonhy Sefil who has a contract till 2020 but hasn’t featured at all this season. Whilst all eyes might be on the players who will be performing for the last time for the club, it is the players who find themselves playing in the back line who might be the ones who influence the game the most.