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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.

Two in, two out for Rochdale tonight against MK Dons

Rochdale will be looking to make it three wins in three tonight as they face MK Dons. The Football Manc Cave are looking at 2 players who should be in the starring 11 to help take all three points. We are also picking 2 that should be dropped.

After Rochdale’s win at Bolton this weekend, Brian Barry-Murphy will be looking for another three points.

Unfortunately, each week there seems to be a new injury at the Dale. This week it’s goalkeeper, Robert Sanchez.

However, Brian Barry-Murphy’s team are still pulling out winning performances. Here’s 2 players who should be in that starting line up and 2 who should be on the bench…

In: Ollie Rathbone

He was in he squad that beat Bolton and he did get a start. However, the 23 year old should be rewarded with his efforts at the weekend by being started again.

The centre midfielder put Rochdale 2-1 up against Bolton. He also encouraged the third goal. His confidence will definitely improve if he starts again.

In: Fabio Tavares

The 18 year old came on in the second half of the Bolton game and he bagged the third goal. It was also his first senior goal.

If he doesn’t get a start tonight, Barry-Murphy should definitely bring him on again as a substitute. He could make the difference in getting Dale the 3 points.

Out: MJ Williams

This isn’t because the 23 year old had a bad game. However, he did get substituted in the second half against Bolton for Aaron Wilbraham.

I think it may be more tactical for Barry-Murphy to have him on the bench. He can play as centre back or a midfielder so wherever is lacking consistency, he can replace someone.

Out: Aaron Morley

Again, he hasn’t been playing poorly, but the 19 year old may benefit from a rest.

If he was on the bench, Brian Barry-Murphy could bring him on as reinforcement.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

Compare:

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.

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