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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?

Rochdale fans have that sinking feeling following defeat – ‘Shocking performance and another embarrassing result, should be beating teams like this’

After a promising start to their 2019/20 campaign, Rochdale have dropped precariously close to the relegation zone in League One.

Brian Barry Murphy’s side lost 3-2 at Wimbledon on Saturday. The positive being striker Ian Henderson is back amongst the goals, as he scored both of Dale’s goals late on, nearly snatching a point for his side.

It’s important Rochdale keep implementing their attractive style of football in League One. I think they’re a good side with plenty of goals in their team. On the flip side, Murphy needs to find a solution to his leaky defence as it’s costing them points.

Let’s see what the Dale supporters thought of their performance on Saturday…

Rochdale fans react – ‘Luke Matheson….what a guy! Up the Dale!’

Rochdale played brilliantly to take Manchester United to penalties in the third round of the Carabao Cup. United eventually saw off The Dale’s valiant challenge, as they won 5-3 in the shootout.

The away side arrived full of confidence and with the belief, they could cause an upset. In a game of few chances, it was Rochdale that came closest to taking the lead. Callum Camps shot goal-wards, however, Aaron Wan-Bissaka cleared off the line.

United took the lead in the second half thanks to Mason Greenwood. The 17-year-old star finished well with his left foot. Then, 16-year-old schoolboy, Luke Matheson scored a superb volley to take The Dale to penalties and send their travelling support into raptures. Matheson is back in school today, what a story.

Although Rochdale didn’t win, it was an immense effort that everyone at their club can be proud of. Let’s see how they reacted…

23y/o has been Rochdale’s standout player so far this season, agree?

Callum Camps will be knocking on Michael O’Neill’s door as he eyes in international call-up, following his impressive start to the season for Rochdale.

The 23-year-old midfielder has scored four goals and assisted four, a great return for this stage of the season. Camps opened his account for the season with a couple of goals against Bolton Wanderers, during their 5-2 win in the EFL Cup. His first league goal came in the 1-2 defeat to Sunderland before he doubled his tally in the 0-3 away victory at Southend United.

He has represented Northern Ireland in the U21 Euro Championships but will be hoping to gain his first international cap this season, which his form deserves.

Since that win at Roots Hall, Rochdale have picked up just one point from their last three games, which included a 6-0 defeat at Peterborough United. From the what I’ve seen, Brian Barry Murphy has his side playing attractive, positive football which I imagine is exciting for Dale fans.

However, they lack that experience at the back, and Ian Henderson hasn’t made his typical electric start to the season that we’ve all got used to. In upcoming weeks, I think Rochdale need to go back to basics and start playing for Henderson, create his chances and he’ll win you games.

They have creative players who can score and create goals, with Camps, Aaron Morley and Rekeil Pyke, who have all enjoyed good starts to the season. It’s just finding that right balance between attack and defence, while getting your best players on the ball in the right areas.

Camps, Morley and Henderson are more than capable of scoring goals in this league, let’s hope they link-up soon and help Rochdale climb the table.

Rochdale have every chance against Man Utd with this back 4

Brian Barry Murphy’s Rochdale travels to Old Trafford tonight, looking to pull off a shock win that would see them advance into the fourth round of the EFL Cup.

The Dale can be inspired from Colchester United’s penalty shootout victory over Tottenham Hotspur last night, as they held them to a 0-0 draw.

After enjoying a good start to their League One campaign, Rochdale have picked up just one point from their last three games, so this is an opportunity for a massive upset. There’s no pressure on the visitors, enjoy yourselves and see what happens.

What will their defence look like tonight…

16-year-old Luke Matheson should continue at right-back. On his professional debut, the defender handled Aiden McGeady, arguably the best player in the division, which suggests he isn’t fazed by the big challenge. Playing at the Theatre of Dreams will be a dream come true for the youngster.

Jim McNulty will provide that experience and stability for the game, guiding his young full-back through the 90 minutes. Although the 34-year-old is new to playing at Old Trafford, he’s an experienced head that will thrive on playing against United.

Alongside him will be Eoghan O’Connell as he looks to build his partnership with McNulty stronger with each passing game.

Finally at left-back, will be Rhys Norrington-Davies. A super young talent on loan from Sheffield United that has already contributed with both goals and assists this season. Davies is a modern-day full-back that is capable of attacking and defending, the size of the Old Trafford pitch will play to his strengths.

If Rochdale can score first it’ll be an interesting game, as they play some very good football under Murphy.

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.

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