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BBM making these 2 tweaks to Rochdale will see them continue unbeaten start against Sunderland, agree?

Rochdale continued their fine start to their 2019/20 League One campaign, as they remain unbeaten after three league matches. The Dale drew 0-0 at Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, in a game they should’ve won.

Brian Barry-Murphy has done a fantastic job since taking over at Spotland. The young manager has made a couple of good loan signings in Robert Sanchez and Rhys Norrington-Davies, which has bolstered their defence, while they have a solid midfield to supply Ian Henderson, who scores goals for fun at this level.

They play host to Sunderland tonight, who will be looking for automatic promotion. The Wearsiders earned a last-minute winner at Spotland in this fixture last season. Rochdale will be hoping for revenge and a win that will likely take them into the top six.

Veteran striker Calvin Andrew will be looking for his first start of the season. Perhaps Murphy will play two strikers to try and benefit from Sunderland’s less physical backline. Alim Oxturk and Jordan Willis are quick, good defenders, but perhaps not favourites if involved in a physical battle with a striker like Andrew.

Sunderland’s main attacking threat comes from Aiden Mcgeady on the left side of midfield. Jimmy Keohane has been operating at right-back so far this season, I wonder whether Keohane will play on the right of midfield, and Murphy will play a defender behind him to double up on Mcgeady and stop the threat.

I expect a very good game tonight, if Rochdale can supply Henderson and play like they’ve done so far this season, they can certainly come out of this game with a positive result.

2 weeks of the transfer window left, what do Rochdale need to do

Rochdale have enjoyed a solid start to their season, taking five points from their opening three league matches, and beating Bolton 5-2 in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

The Dale won their opening day fixture at Tranmere Rovers 2-3, with striker Ian Henderson grabbing two and loanee Rhys Norrington-Davies netting on debut. In their opening game at Spotland, Rochdale drew 1-1 with Doncaster Rovers and 0-0 yesterday. It’s been a good start to the season, how far can Brian Barry-Murphy take them?

It’s a big two weeks for them into terms of the transfer window. Rochdale needs to add depth to a good starting 11, to be competing at the right end of the table come May. They have arguably the best goalscorer in the division, Henderson, however an injury to him would leave them light on goals.

Also, although they’ve scored nine goals in three matches, they’ve still conceded five which is a worry. Obviously if you sacrifice defensive thoughts to score more goals, you are likely to concede more, however Murphy may be looking to sign a central defender to help steady a leaky defence.

I think Rochdale have an exciting team, a manager that wants to succeed and is supported by the fans. They’ll have a good season, however, their lack of depth does worry me, when you look at teams like Sunderland and Portsmouth, in comparison. If Murphy can perhaps poach a couple of loan players and pick up a couple of permanent signings to bolster his options, particularly in defence, then Rochdale will be well prepared for a shot at the play-offs.

BBM should set up his Rochdale back 4 like this to frustrate Shrewsbury & take the 3 points

Rochdale have enjoyed a good start to the season, The Dale won their opening game 3-2 at newly-promoted Tranmere Rovers, before drawing against Doncaster at Spotland.

A hidden gem

Robert Sanchez joined in the summer from Brighton and Hove Albion. The youngster has started the opening three matches, and despite conceding seven goals, it’s looking like Brian Barry-Murphy has found his number one for the season. Sanchez spent time on loan at Forest Green Rovers during the 2017/18 campaign, so will be looking to impress this time around in a higher division.

Jimmy Keohane will operate at right-back again, the versatile Irishman has played a number of positions since signing for Rochdale last summer. A reliable player that will do his job pretty much anywhere on the pitch.

On the other side, Rochdale look to have found a gem in the loan signing of Rhys Norrington-Davies from Sheffield United. The left-back has already chipped in with a goal and an assist in the opening two league games and just provides an extra attacking option to Barry-Murphy. It’s important that full-backs add that width and quality into the box, particularly when you have a striker like Ian Henderson, who usually profits from opportunities.


Jim McNulty provides that experience and leadership needed in central defence. At 34, the defenders best years are probably behind him. However, his leadership skills and influence off the pitch, are priceless to The Dale. He will be partnered by new summer signing Eoghan O’Connell, who signed from Bury. The Irishman made 31 appearances last season and has headed to Rochdale hoping to continue the solid form that saw them promoted to League One.

Shrewsbury Town is one of the hardest places to go in League One, however, The Dale are the underdogs and are scoring goals, I give them a big chance of getting a result.

Are Rochdale dark horses for promotion?

It’s early doors, but Rochdale has made a pretty good start – scoring goals and picking up points.

I give Rochdale a chance of finishing play-offs or higher for one big reason, Ian Henderson. One of the best and most proven strikers in that league, over the past five seasons. A goalscorer gets you so far in that league. If they keep him fit, he’ll score 20+ goals and I just wonder where that will take them.

Brian Barry-Murphy did brilliantly last season after taking over, keeping The Dale in the division, albeit comfortably in the end. He’s an ambitious young manager, with the backing of their support, who knows how far he can take them.

Josh Lillis is a very good, experienced goalkeeper. Jim McNulty provides strength and leadership at the heart of the defence. Rhys Norrington-Davies looks a great find from Sheffield United, the defender has provided a goal and assist already.

Matt Done is a quality player in that league, guarantees creativity and goals from midfield, but the outcome of their season rests on Henderson I feel. If they can keep creating him chances, defend solidly, they’ll be challenging at the right end of the table.

Henderson has two goals in the first two matches. It’s no fluke, he’s done it time and time again. I’m amazed a Portsmouth or Sunderland didn’t sign him this summer. Ok, he’s not a glamorous name, but with service, he’ll get you out of this division. Sunderland took a £4 million punt on Will Grigg which is looking like failing, Henderson would’ve been peanuts considering his age. A guaranteed goal scorer.

It’s very early days, however, Rochdale has started the season brightly, exciting times for the fans.

Blackburn Rovers will be hoping their Rochdale loanee comes back with these two qualities

Rochdale have revealed that they have signed defender, Tyler Magloire from Blackburn Rovers. The Football Manc Cave is exploring what he will bring to the Dale.

The 20-year-old has joined the Rochdale side on a loan deal from Blackburn. Magloire has stated how, when he heard of the interest that Rochdale had shown, the move was put to the top of his list.

The defender has been with Blackburn Rovers since he was 9 years old, and has worked his way up to the first team from the academy ranks. This loan should give him some experience on the pitch and we are looking at the qualities he will bring to the Dale…


Obviously, Blackburn Rovers are in the Championship and Magloire has had experience in that league. He should bring a different level of football experience with him and be able to keep up in League One. He’s got a long term plan with Rovers that sees his contract run until 2022, so the plan looks like it could be to send him out on loan for a year then he will be ready to step back up into the Championship. The youngster comes as a highly rated defender and Brian Barry-Murphy will help him settle into the squad.


The product of Blackburn’s youth has pushed himself through the ranks of the club, and even managed to earn the Captain’s armband of the under 23’s squad. He’s also made a couple of first-team appearances with the Rovers which will give him the confidence he needs to join Dale. Obviously he will not be the Captain as he joins Rochdale, however, his past leadership experience will help him as he slots into the defence that will need to communicate at the back throughout the season.

Tyler will take the number 21 shirt for his season ahead. We’re sure this move will benefit not only Rochdale, as they get a new defender, but also the 20-year-old who will be able to make a name for himself and gain some recognition.

Rochdale should line up their midfield with these 4 against Doncaster

Brian Barry-Murphy got off to a good start as manager of Rochdale as his team won 3-2 at the weekend.

It should have been a 3-0 win for the Dale and was looking that way for a while until Tranmere found two goals. There was also an incident in the 94th minute of the game that didn’t get picked up by officials. Jimmy Ryan has come on for Dale making his debut only to pull a Tranmere players hair from behind. He has now been charged.

With this in mind, The Football Manc Cave have picked out four midfielders that should start against Doncaster.

Stephen Dooley

I don’t see why there should be many changes to the squad as they did perform well at the weekend. Brian Barry-Murphy is only finding his feet and might change things around to see what works, although Dooley started at the weekend and will probably start again.

Michael Jordan Williams

Another player who started at the weekend and might get another chance against Doncaster. The Dale have a large choice of midfielders, wingers and strikers who can switch positions and still be comfortable which is beneficial to their manager.

Callum Camps

A definite choice for Barry-Murphy as he went in for every ball, won challenges and free kicks and even created chances at the weekend. He will have to be picked again as the club face Doncaster at the weekend. Camps will more than likely play a massive part of the season for Rochdale.

Jimmy Keohane

There are other choices for these midfield positions like loanee, Rekeil Pyke. However, he got brought off in the second half of the game at the weekend so Keohane may favour as being Rochdale’s starting man. This will all depend on Brian Barry Murphy’s thinking behind his squad and formation.

3 Rochdale players that should play vs Oldham Athletic today – Agree?

Oldham Athletic host Rochdale in a pre-season friendly today, as both sides continue their preparation ahead their seasons starting on August 3rd.

Oldham finished 14th in League Two last season, new manager Laurent Banide will be looking towards the play-offs. However, last seasons talisman Callum Lang looks to be staying at Wigan Athletic for the next campaign.

While Rochdale escaped relegation, following their brilliant form under caretaker boss Brian Barry-Murphy, which saw him be appointed the clubs permanent boss.

So, let’s look ahead to this friendly. Which three Rochdale players should start on today?

Ian Henderson

Scored on Saturday vs Huddersfield, will score five vs Oldham. Perhaps a little optimistic, I’m just a huge fan of his. Henderson being fit and scoring goals will make or break their season. Provide him service and he’ll score 15+, if they don’t, they’ll struggle to avoid relegation. I’m quietly confident they’ll have a good season, though.

Ntlhe Kgosi

The defender was signed from Stevenage in 2017, on a free transfer. He was in and out of the side last season, making 19 appearances, similar the season before when he made 20. Whenever I’ve watched him, I’ve been impressed and wondered why he doesn’t play every week. Perhaps if he has a full pre-season, he can be a vital player for Murphy next season.

Bradley Wade

Josh Lillis will start the season as Rochdale’s number one. However, Bradley Wade is currently the only other goalkeeper on their books, so perhaps he’s going to be given an opportunity to challenge for the number one shirt next season. Still only 19, he has plenty of potential and time is on his side.

2 strengths and 2 weaknesses which will see Rochdale finish mid-table

Brian Barry-Murphy was appointed as caretaker manager of Rochdale in March 2019, after the sacking of Keith Hill. He guided them to safety and has since been given the job on a permanent basis.

The Dale were struggling in the relegation zone when Hill was sacked. However, Murphy shored up the defence, winning a lot of games 1-0 which saw Rochdale steer themselves clear of safety.

Dan from The Football Manc Cave looks at two strengths and two weaknesses that will see Rochdale have a solid next campaign.

Keeping Ian Henderson

Rochdale have one of the best strikers in League One. He’s done it time and time again, and just guarantees goals at this level. As long as Murphy has the creative players to feed him, he will score enough goals on his own to see Rochdale safe from relegation, at least. I’m amazed he’s still at Rochdale, a big side like Ipswich or Sunderland could probably buy him for peanuts and he’d score them 20 goals.

Brian Barry-Murphy

A young coach that must excite the Rochdale fans. He struck an immediate connection with supporters, got the results required and with a full season of him, they must feel confident about them pushing for mid-table. Murphy needs to sign a couple of quality players, particularly in defence, then perhaps they can mount a push for playoffs next season.

Lack of central defenders

Rochdale only has two central defenders on the books currently. It doesn’t take the brains of Britain to understand that simply isn’t enough. They need to sign experienced, solid defenders, otherwise, they may well ship too many goals. Perhaps they’ll look to the loan market, and get some young Premier League defenders to marshal their defenders. Either way, they certainly need some before August 3rd.

Not replacing Bradden Inman

Bradden Inman is a very good midfielder, particularly in League One. He scored four goals in 29 appearances for Rochdale, offering that creativity and quality to start attacks. He left to play in Australia, it’s important that Murphy replaces his void, otherwise they may struggle to supply Henderson with chances.

Rochdale seemed to have found a gem on loan

Rochdale made their first summer signing yesterday after securing a deal to bring Norrington-Davies to Spotland, on loan from Sheffield United.

The highly-rated 20-year-old started his career at Swansea, before joining The Blades in 2017. The defender is seen as a future starter for United, therefore they are looking to get him some vital EFL experience.

The Welsh under-21 international spent last season at Barrow and made 28 appearances.

Let’s look at two things that Norrington-Davies can bring to Rochdale…

Energy & creativity

One of Norrington-Davies’ main strengths is his ability to fly up to the wing and deliver crosses. In League One, a majority of games are close contests, if you have that extra quality that can provide a match-winning contribution, you will have a successful season.

Rochdale have one of the best strikers in the division with Iain Henderson, they need to focus on creating him as many chances as possible. He’s a goal scorer. Get players around him, quality into the box and he won’t let you down.

Position filled for minimal cost

Rochdale was searching for a left-back this summer, and they seemed to have found a gem on loan. Two reasons why they’ve done a great deal: He’s just a very good player for League One, solid at both attacking and defending, provides energy and will excite The Dale signings.

Also, I can’t imagine Rochdale are paying much towards his wages. They are doing Sheffield United a huge favour by offering him a year of competitive football. That’s key. Rochdale need to strengthen their squad ahead of next season, taking advantage of the loan market is very important for them – and they’ve made a good start.

Rochdale fans feel hard done by following Dan Adshead’s move to Norwich City

It was announced yesterday that Rochdale academy graduate Dan Adshead completed a move to recently promoted Norwich City. Signing a long term contract to play with their Under 23 initially for an undisclosed fee.

He made a total of 16 appearances in his breakthrough season, scoring once in the EFL Trophy against Leicester Under 23s in the group stages. He also managed to make three appearances for England Under 18s and scored on his debut.

The rumoured fee of roughly 300k has been floated around the internet. This hasn’t gone down well with sections of the fan base who believe, he’s worth much more than that. Especially as Manchester United were rumoured to be in for him for £1 Million last season. No doubt the deal for him will contain add ons should certain clauses be met.

Adshead has long been recognised as a promising talent, with former manager Keith Hill even inviting him to train with the first team a couple of seasons ago when he was only 15.

Dan showed a maturity way beyond his years when breaking into the first team last season, and could go on to be the best academy export the club has produced for quite some time. He will be sorely missed but no one can begrudge him the move to a higher level.

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