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How is Sheffield’s Rhys Norrington-Davies getting on at Rochdale?

The left back joined Rochdale on loan this season. He has made a difference to Brian Barry-Murphy’s team.

Ryhs Norrington-Davies plays for Sheffield’s Under 23’s. He joined Rochdale on loan this season to help them out at the back.

His time in League One will give him some experience for when he makes a return to the Blades.

While he has been playing for Dale, he also received a international call up. He was called to play for Wales Under 21’s.

Current form

Norrington has played 15 games in League One for Rochdale so far. He has delievered 2 assists and 1 goal.

Pretty impressive for a left back. His style of play is to operate very wide to give him enough space to make decisions.

Cautions

However, he has picked up two yellow cards so far this season. As a defender, picking up cards is something that happens a lot.

Miss-timed tackles often happen with defenders, especially when they start to panic. He just needs to try and hold back to not get cautioned.

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.

1 pro & 1 con to Rochdale’s loss to Bristol Rovers

Rochdale faced Bristol Rovers at home this weekend. Unfortunately, they lost 2-1. However, here is one positive that Dale can take from the game and one lesson.

Bristol managed to go 1-0 up after 8 minutes. Unfortunately, things got even worse for Brian Barry-Murphy’s side.

O’Connell scored an own goal soon after this to give Bristol a 2-0 lead.

However, Rochdale came out fighting in the second half. Fans were much more inspired by their teams performance and they even managed to pull one back.

Callum Camps managed to get Dale’s only goal of the game. Here’s one pro and one con they’ll take from the game…

Pro: Second half

At least the team and the management recognised that they needed to improve. Fans really weren’t happy until things changed.

Whatever was said in the changing rooms at half time inspired the Dale team to come out and try to turn things around. There were also a few questionable decisions by officials that effected Dale.

Con: Second Loss

This was Rochdale’s second loss in a row. They play a second placed Ipswich tomorrow.

It is unlikely that they will get some points from this game. That is why these last two performances should have been better. Own goals definitely don’t help the situation.

These 2 players need to start if Rochdale want to keep climbing the table

Rochdale’s form has changed recently with win after win. The Football Manc Cave have picked out two stand out players that are making the difference.

Rochdale’s form was up and down at the start of the season. Some performances were solid, some were poor.

However, Brian Barry-Murphy has got the team gelled together. They’re now scoring, winning and climbing League One.

In order to keep doing that, there are a couple of players who need to be in that starting line up from week to week…

Ian Henderson

Henderson has been on the score sheet nearly every week for Dale. He has been outstanding so far this season.

However, it isn’t just the goals that prove he’s on top of the game. When he is in the squad, he motivates the rest of the team to attack. He’s a much needed man on the squad.

Ollie Rathbone

Rathbone has been absolutely brilliant for Dale. He’s proving to be a fan favourite too.

Not only has he scored goals, he’s also a hard-working individual. Fans have picked up on the fact that he never stops running.

’Only 8 points off the top of the league.’ Rochdale fans react to their win over MK Dons

Rochdale managed another win last night against MK Dons. This has also made it 3 wins in 3 for Brian Barry-Murphy’s side.

Matt Done put Dale 1-0 up in under 10 minutes. However, this goal has caused some confusion because it was originally Callum Camps who hit the strike. Done seemed to take a touch on the line.

Either way, a goal is a goal. Ian Henderson then continued his goal-scoring run and made it 2-0 to Dale in the second half.

Ollie Rathbone also got man of the match. Fans praised his hard work and noticed that he never stops running.

This now takes Rochdale to 11th in League One on 19 points. Brian Barry-Murphy’s hard work with his squad is paying off.

Here’s your reactions…

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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 fans happy to get back to winning ways – ‘Anything Ronaldo can do, Hendo can do better’

This weekend saw Rochdale take a much needed 3 points from Accrington Stanley.

Rochdale haven’t been on form recently. Losses have taken them down League One instead of up. Fans have been getting frustrated and a win was needed.

Brian Barry-Murphy’s side was home to Accrington Stanley this week. Ian Henderson delighted fans with two goals in the 40th and 49th minute. Accrington Stanley did respond getting one back, however, it wasn’t enough.

All three points went to Dale which has taken them up to 17th in the league. Ian Henderson got himself a brilliant goal and his performance got him into League One Team Of The Week.

Now fans have an expectation and hope standards don’t slip.

Here are some of your reactions…

Twitter Reacts

Shrewd signing: What will 33y/o bring to Rochdale

Rochdale have recruited defender, Paul McShane. Brian Barry-Murphy has spoken on how signing the 33-year-old was something he couldn’t turn down. The Football Manc Cave look at what he will bring to BBM’s side.

The Republic of Ireland international has joined Dale on a short term plan through till January. His experience is something that Brian Barry-Murphy was after.

BBM has also said that it has been a difficult period for him. This comes after injuries that have been picked up throughout his squad. However, 17-year-old Luke Matheson has stepped up in recent weeks.

The teenager even bagged a goal against Manchester United. Now it’s time for a refreshing player like McShane to come in and lead the backline.

Not Afraid

In his first interview with the side, he spoke on how he won’t be afraid to be vocal. He knows he has to lead by example and has admitted that he is a bit of a shouter at times.

The ex Reading player wants to give Rochdale everything he’s got and play as much football as he can. Hopefully, he will be an effective tool that transforms Dale’s style of play.

Great Shape

Brian Barry-Murphy is also excited by the fact that the 33-year-old is in great shape. Not just physically but also mentally too. McShane also carries himself in a way that befits a top-level footballer according to the Dale boss.

This is something that he is hoping will have an impact on other players. The Dale boss thought he owed it to the squad to bring someone like that in.

Experience

As already mentioned, McShane has been around. He started off at Manchester United but then had spells at West Brom, Sunderland, Hull and Crystal Palace.

Over the course of his career, he has picked up skill, strength and determination. This is something Rochdale needs. His qualities could also rub off on other squad members. However, when January comes and the contract is up, recruitment will be key.

It’s clear that BBM & Rochdale needs to strengthen this area in January

Brian Barry-Murphy started off this season looking promising. Some performances have recently taken a back seat. Now there’s a talking point of which part of the squad needs improving.

Rochdale currently sits at 19th on 10 points. However, at that early stages of this season, the performances looked good enough. Especially with Brain Barry-Murphy being new to the role.

Even though Dale started off the season suffering losses, they were still looking effective and were scoring goals. Since then, it has been a bit up and down. For example, they beat Southend one week 3-0 and then lost to Peterborough 6-0.

One of the highlights of the season so far was when they managed a draw with Man United in the Carabao Cup. They went on to get knocked out on penalties but it was a brilliant attempt from the squad.

To keep earning points and making sure performances are tight, this is the area that BBM should work on in January…

Defence

When Rochdale do concede, it seems to be a fair few that get past them. Fans have recently been commenting on how there’s a lot of pressure on 17-year-old Luke Matheson.

He’s a fan favourite for his goal against Man United. However, he’s very young to have such a role and be expected to keep up with League One football.

Brian Barry-Murphy clearly agrees as he has recruited an experienced defender. Paul McShane has joined the side for a short term.

While he’s experienced and self admittedly ready to lead the back four, he only has a contract until January. Hopefully, he will be able to guide the defence in his time with the Dale. The manager will then have to find someone who can pick up where he left off, in January.

Rochdale need one player to turn it on in order to surge up the table

Rochdale currently sits 19th in League One, after picking up just one point from their last five League One games.

Although, their league position doesn’t reflect their performances. Whenever I’ve watched The Dale this season, they’ve been by far the better side. Brian Barry-Murphy has a young side playing positive, attractive football.

Even if Rochdale don’t mount a serious challenge for the top six, they can still be proud of the football they are playing, which provides hope for the future.

For example, the home game against Sunderland was one-way traffic. Rochdale dictated possession, opened up Sunderland time and time again, but couldn’t find the goal. The Black Cats had a couple of shots and scored both.

If Rochdale is competing and outplaying a side of their quality, they have nothing to worry about. A little more luck and quality, they’d have won that game comfortably.

The majority of their goals have surprisingly come from midfielders Callum Camps, Stephen Dooley and Aaron Morley. The focus for the rest of the season must be to start feeding striker Ian Henderson with more chances. The 34-year-old scored 20 goals last campaign, a brilliant return for a side that struggled for most of the season.

Their season rests on Henderson. If he can hit a hot streak and bag double figures, who knows, they could even make a late run for top six. If I was a Rochdale fan, I’d be happy with the start they’d made.

Although they’d like more points on the board, they’re playing good football and once Henderson starts banging goals in, they’ll fly up the league. It’ll be interesting to see if the owners back the manager in January, do they have the ambition to push for the top six?

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