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Two players that impressed in Rochdale’s win over Bradford City

Rochdale travelled to Bradford City last night in the Leasing.com trophy. Even though they won 2-1, other results in their group have stopped Dale from progressing. However, there was a lot of talent in the squad.

Bradford went 1-0 up last night after 15 minutes. Rochdale then woke up and an equaliser came after 29 minutes.

In an eventful first half, Fabio Tavares also managed to score meaning that Rochdale would win 2-1. The side then managed to keep on top of their win throughout the second half.

Rochdale have been treating this competition as an experiment for their squad. They have been mixing youth team members with experienced players.

It was definitely the youngsters who came through last night. However, it is just unfortunate that Rochdale couldn’t progress to the next round.

They had a tough group to compete in. Bolton Wanderers and Man City Under 21’s have gone through in their group. Putting that aside, here are two stand out players from last night…

Joe Dunne

The 17-year-old deserves all the praise after last night’s performance. He made his debut in the squad and is a future star.

Dunne is a centre half who was put into the squad to see how he played. He definitely impressed with strong blocks, getting stuck into every ball and performing to a great standard.

This is great for the teenager who will now be monitored by Brian Barry-Murphy. He surely has made an impact on fans and management after last night.

Rochdale’s 18 y/o Fabio Tavares

The 18-year-old striker is a name that Rochdale fans will be familiar with. This is because he has already been featured in the first-team squad.

However, last night saw him shine due to being in a younger squad. He is another rising star in the Dale squad.

His goal in the 35th minute was the final goal of the game. This goes to show that not only can the Rochdale squad produce goals, they can also defend well too.

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.

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.

Rochdale

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.

Man United & Man City go head-to-head for Rochdale star youngster

According to the Daily Star, both Manchester sides are going after Luke Matheson. Although, it looks like Man United and Man City might not be the only Premier League sides after the teenager.

The England Under 18’s defender made his League debut at aged just 15.

He’s now attracting interest from across the Premier League.

Apparently, the list of scouts from top flight clubs going to watch the youngster is getting longer every week. Rochdale now fear that they might not be able to keep hold of the teenager past January.

Man United fans will remember his name mainly because he scored against them in the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford.

Man City

Machester City would want to add him to the youth ranks and help him develop.

Pep Guardiola is apparently a fan of the teenager and he has an eye for spotting talent.

Man United

Man United are looking for young Talent as they are also interested in developing youth players.

They’ve also been known for trying to sign younger players rather than more experience ones.

Rochdale

However, something Rochdale can offer the 17-year old is game time.

Matheson can’t be guaranteed weekly football with top flight clubs yet but Dale can. That might be enough to keep the teenager a little longer.

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.

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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.

Two in, two out for Bolton Wanderers tonight against Bristol Rovers

Bolton Wanderers Keith Hill

Things looked as though they were changing at Bolton. Keith Hill’s side completely transformed. However, they lost 3-1 to Rochdale at the weekend in a poor performance.

The Trotters went 1-0 up and things looked okay. Things then changed pretty quickly as Rochdale broke down Bolton’s defence and won 3-1.

It’s pretty poor after taking the lead. However, it was clear to see which players made mistakes.

There wasn’t enough power behind the shots when chances were created. Then there were issues at the back too.

It’s brilliant how Keith Hill has transformed this team. However, I feel like the trial and error process is being played too much with some players and positioning.

That is why The Football Manc Cave have picked out two players who should be in the starting line up tonight. Then we’ve picked 2 who should be dropped.

Out: Adam Senior

Don’t get me wrong, I am a massive fan of the youth players at Bolton. They played really well in our toughest period as a club.

Senior is a great defender and proved that he is capable in the early stages of the season. However, if Keith Hill is going to use him, I don’t think he should start, he should just be brought on as a sub.

It was clear that he struggled in the second half against Rochdale and this is why he should be on the bench.

Out: Daryl Murphy

Murphy made his debut for Bolton a few weeks ago against Blackpool. He looked promising and like he had more to give.

However, some of the shots he managed to get against Rochdale were poor. There wasn’t enough of a connection to make an impact.

Every player has off days but Bolton now have other options up front. Murphy should be on the bench and come on if needed.

In: Joe Dodoo

A player who has made a lot of difference to the pace and up front. He actually set up Thibaud Verlinden’s goal at the weekend.

Rather than coming on as a sub, I think he should start the game. The impact he has on his team mates should be something that fans see from kick off, not just in the second half.

Chris O’Grady

Chris is another striker who is experienced. However, he’s not been given a chance yet at Bolton.

Keith Hill should give him some minutes instead of Daryl Murphy to see if there’s any difference. Even if he’s brought on in the second half, giving him some game time would be nice to see.

‘Just not god enough. When does the new season start?’ Bolton and Rochdale fans react

Bolton Wanderers have improved massively since Keith Hill took over. However, the hard work seemed to take a step back as they lost to Rochdale 3-1 this weekend. The Football Manc Cave looks at your reactions.

Bolton fans have been saying that their first win is ‘just around the corner.’ Most thought that 3 points might have come this weekend.

However, an eventful second half meant the Wanderers lost not only their lead on the game but also the match itself.

It stayed 0-0 until half time which looked promising for both teams. Joe Dodoo and Thibaud Verlinden teamed up for the Trotters opening goal of the game.

Callum Camps, Oliver Rathbone and Fabio Tavares then proved to be too much for Keith Hills side. All three found the back of the net.

Even though Bolton were disappointed, this is a great win for Dale. Here’s your reactions to the game…

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