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Rochdale are in a 12 team Relegation Scrap, Playing This Midfield Duo Today COULD Edge Them Closer to Safety

Much has been made this week about the possibility of a 12-team relegation battle taking place in League One this season, as only 9 points separate bottom to 12th. Remarkably only 3 points separate 21st to 12th.

Rochdale have another great opportunity to take a big potential step closer to safety, when they take on Scunthorpe at Spotland today. They should be well rested after last weeks postponed game against Accrington and, according to caretaker manager Brian Barry-Murphy, only long term absentees; Josh Lillis, Rekeil Pyke & Zach Clough are missing for the match.

I believe these two players starting the game against Scunthorpe are crucial to coming away with all three points.

13. Jimmy Keohane.

Rochdale fans haven’t had much chance to see him in action since his signing. His only appearance this season coming in Dales last fixture against Oxford United. He was brought on following an injury to Ryan McLaughlin and although, not primarily a right back he looked an interesting proposition in that role.

When Keohane signed in February this year on a free transfer, former manager Keith Hill and current caretaker manager Brian Barry-Murphy spoke well of him, and expectations were high but for whatever reason, he was never given a place in his starting 11.

Many supporters at Spotland (Crown Oil Arena) were pleased to see his inclusion against Oxford, as it was seen to be Brian Barry-Murphy trying something different, which has been much needed recently, to instil a glimmer of hope for the Rochdale faithful.

14. Oliver Rathbone.

Oli’s commitment, unwavering stamina and energy has been missed at Spotland since his injury, and his return has been a contributory factor in Dale taking four points from the last two home games. His return to fitness from injury is a very welcome boost to the survival efforts, and he is perhaps a bit of an unsung hero.

Since Andy Cannon’s departure to Portsmouth in the January transfer window. Oli has been able to take over a central midfield position and hopefully, his determination will be a major part in Rochdale’s bid for League One survival.

Goalkeeper Andy Lonergan’s emergency loan has been extended by another week which is a vital move, considering his form of late. There has also been no update on the managerial position permanently and, with each day that passes by with no change you have to think BBM is strengthening his position for the role permanently.

Starting 11: Rochdale Should Start New Era Like This Against Shrewsbury

Brian Barry-Murphy’s spell as caretaker manager starts on Saturday with a home game against Shrewsbury.

Every game is crucial at this point in the season with the situation Dale now find themselves in.

Its unknown at this time if Brian would want the job permanently but he has his chance to audition for the job starting with 3 points on Saturday.

My choice for this Saturdays team would be the following in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Goalkeeper: 24. Andy Lonergan

At the time of writing it is unknown whether his emergency loan has been extended by another 7 days, but if it has, he is currently one of my first names on the team sheet. He has been in the strange position of winning man of the match despite some heavy losses of late, and has made some vital saves that at times has kept the scores less embarrassing than they might have been.

Right Back: 2. Ryan McLaughlin

This is a problem position for me, as we have a seemingly injury prone Ryan McLaughlin who was brought in from Blackpool in January to replace the outgoing Joe Rafferty. Another option could be breakthrough Academy star, Luke Matheson. I personally don’t believe is ready to start and play a full league match. If McLaughlin is fit I would edge towards him starting as he hasn’t had long to make an impression so far at the club, I just hope he spends more time on the pitch than the treatment table.

Centre Back: 6. Ethan Ebanks-Landell

One of the guaranteed starters in my team. Upon his return from suspension he absolutely must start, as he has shown his uses at both ends of the pitch since he came in on loan from Wolves in January.

Centre Back: 8. MJ Williams

Much trickier picking a centre back partner for Ethan as with no disrespect to our other options at the club, I don’t believe they are of the same level. Out of the 3 main options; MJ Williams, Jim McNulty and Ryan Delaney, I would be siding with MJ. I am a fan of his, he may not be the best natural defender but, I believe technically he is a step up from the other 2 players.

Left Back: 39. Joe Bunney

Again the left side of the defence poses just as much of a problem as the right in my opinion. Bunney was brought in on loan from Northampton in January as a solution to the problem, but I’m not convinced by his defensive capabilities. Both Matty Done and Kgosi Ntlhe have been trialed there but have failed to nail down a place. With Ntlhe currently out injured that leaves me with 2 options. When pushed, I would have to side with Bunney as Done has more use further upfield and Bunney can be a reasonable crosser of the ball.

Right Midfield: 7. Stephen Dooley

For me he has been one of Rochdale’s best signings this season, as in my opinion, he regularly looks a threat when he plays and isn’t afraid to take people on which is something Rochdale are going to need as they have to go for it to stay up.

Centre Midfield: 10. Callum Camps

Firstly its worth noting that it Oli Rathbone wasn’t injured he would be starting in my team, I’m not sure who alongside though. There is still plenty Camps can offer despite having somewhat of an indifferent season.

Centre Midfield: 25. Daniel Adshead

The absence of Hamilton through suspension, creates an opportunity for young Dan Adshead who I think could have a bright future at the club and an even brighter future in the game. He broke through into the team earlier this season impressing enough to even earn a England U19 debut.

Left Midfield: 19. Bradden Inman

The choices here for me are Matty Done or Bradden Inman for the left wing slot. Rory Holden is also capable of playing there but for me, I would be starting Inman. I believe he is the best player we have in that position.

Centre Attacking Midfield: 40. Ian Henderson

Not much needs to be said to justify his inclusion as he is one of Rochdale’s best players and one of the leagues top scorers, has a crucial role to play if they are to stay up.

Striker: 26. Zach Clough

I would like to see him given a chance starting up front if he is fully fit as I believe he possesses talent. He just hasn’t had a run in the team for reasons only known to the previous management team. Could potentially be vital to the survival effort.

To summarise my team and formation for the game on Saturday against Shrewsbury would be;

Goalkeeper: 24. Andy Lonergan

Right Back: 2. Ryan McLaughlin

Centre Back: 6. Ethan-Ebanks Landell

Centre Back: 8. MJ Williams

Left Back: 39. Joe Bunney

Right Midfield: 7. Stephen Dooley

Centre Midfield: 10. Callum Camps

Centre Midfield: 25. Daniel Adshead

Left Midfield: 19. Bradden Inman

Centre Attacking Midfield: 40. Ian Henderson

Striker: 26. Zach Clough

Subs: Brad Wade, Luke Matheson, Ryan Delaney, Matty Done, Aaron Morley, Rory Holden, Calvin Andrew

What Can Keith Hill’s Winter Signings Bring To Rochdale?

Rochdale have had a busy transfer window with Joe Rafferty, Andy Cannon, David Perkins, Harrison McGahey and Brendan Moore departing the club permanently. Sam Hart, Magnus Norman & Connor Randall also returned to their parent clubs from loans.

In their place in have come; Ryan Mclaughlin permanently from Blackpool, Rory Holden from Bristol City, Ethan Ebanks-Landell from Wolves, Ethan Hamilton from Man Utd, Rekeil Pyke from Huddersfield and most recently Joe Bunney from Northampton all on loan. With such a massive overhaul mid-season, there is the risk of it having a detrimental effect on the team.

However, with how results have gone in the first half of the season Rochdale now knows that they find themselves in a relegation battle again, with arguably a much stronger squad than they had last season. It is difficult to try and understand why but over this article I will assess each of the new signings individually, and try to outline what they could bring to Rochdale as they attempt to battle bravely against relegation again.

Rory Holden

Rory signed on loan from Bristol City on the 3rd of January and has so far made 5 appearances, starting 4 games mostly from the right of midfield. I have had the pleasure of watching 2 of the matches he was involved in and he looks to have good quick feet and isn’t afraid to take a man on. Something Rochdale have in short supply.

Ethan Hamilton

Ethan joined Rochdale on loan from Manchester United on the 11th of January. He has started all 3 games for Rochdale since he signed playing in the centre of midfield. He scored against Peterborough in a 2-1 loss earlier this month. Another player I have seen play and he looks like he has a decent level of technical ability, I expect him to be a great addition if he can continue how he started.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell

The second Ethan to sign for Dale on the 11th January, joining from Wolves. He also has started every game since his arrival. Playing centre back. I think he is an excellent signing and a real solid centre back, let us just hope he can raise the game of the other defenders around him.

Ryan McLaughlin

Ryan arrived from Blackpool on the 23rd of January as a direct replacement for the departing Joe Rafferty on the same day. He made his debut at the weekend against Barnsley as a right back in a losing effort. I haven’t seen him play yet myself but, can see he looks to be a like for like replacement for Rafferty with both players coming through Liverpool’s academy

Rekeil Pyke

The newest arrival for Rochdale who signed just yesterday on loan from Huddersfield for the rest of the season and is expected to play up front. Huddersfield cut short his loan spell at Wrexham where in 14 starts and 12 sub appearances he scored 5 goals this season. Wrexham averaged 1.78 points per game he started and he has been described as “a good size, a threat aerially but having a poor work ethic.

Having known nothing about Pyke I’m reserving judgement and will give him my full support, I expect him to be a striker option to play off Henderson, and hopefully offer him support and inject a little pace into Rochdale’s attack.

Joe Bunney

Joe made a deadline day return to Dale on loan after Northampton cut short his loan at Blackpool after leaving 12 months ago in the January transfer window last season. He looks like the left back Keith Hill has been after all window and is very familiar with the club, the fans and what the manager will want. With it not been long since his departure he should slot back into the team with relative ease and, should bring another useful option in that left back position.