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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…

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.

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.

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.

‘Absolutely buzzing! Up the Dale’ Rochdale fans excited by 3rd round draw

Rochdale will travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the third round of the EFL Cup.

The Dale have enjoyed a super start to the season, losing just one of their opening seven games, in all competitions.

Brian Barry Murphy’s side booked their place in the round, after beating Carlisle United on Tuesday night, thanks to goals from Aaron Morley and Matt Done.

Let’s see how their fans reacted to the draw…

BBM proving that Rochdale should be serious playoff contenders this season, agree?

Another win for Rochdale. The Dale have lost just one of their opening seven matches, in all competitions. A good side that is fully deserving of their early-season success.

Brian Barry-Murphy has done a terrific job since taking the reigns at Spotland earlier this year. The young manager kept his side in League One, comfortably in the end, after turning around their home form.

In the summer, they strengthened with the signings of Rhys Norrington-Davies, Jimmy Ryan and more. Rochdale plays with a really attractive and aggressive style, committing a lot of bodies forward, while really dictating the pace of the game. The Dale have real quality in the final third, with Callum Camps especially enjoying a fine start to the season.

Ian Henderson is the match-winner. He scores for fun. The problem in recent years has been supplying him with enough chances. Murphy has recognised this and built a side that can score goals, and deliver quality into the box. Norrington-Davies, Camps and Matt Done have all enjoyed positive starts to the season, linking up well to score and create goals.

On the flip side, Rochdale is conceding more goals due to the attacking style that Murphy has chosen to adopt. However, they have players that can hurt any team in this division. A team that scores plenty of goals, will always be challenging at the right end of the table come May.

I admire Murphy for taking a gamble this season, knowing his side will be open defensively, but confident his side can outscore other teams. It’s good to see young managers doing well, and I hope Rochdale can make the playoffs this season.

Pace and trickery the key to Rochdale beating table-toppers Blackpool today with this starting 11

Rochdale will be looking to bounce back, the following defeat to Sunderland at Spotland in midweek.

However, manager Brian Barry-Murphy will have taken plenty of positives out of a game that Rochdale dominated spells of. On another day, The Dale would’ve won the game comfortably. Aiden McGeady had that extra quality in the final third for Sunderland, which proved the difference.

So, here’s how I expect Rochdale to line-up against table-toppers Blackpool…

Robert Sanchez will continue in goal. I expect Jimmy Keohane to return in the right-back spot after 16-year-old Luke Matheson adopted the role in mid-week. Jim McNulty and Eoghan O’Connell have formed a solid partnership, and offer that leadership from the defence that you require. Rhys Norrington-Davies has arguably been Rochdale’s stand out player so far this season, alongside Callum Camps. The loanee from Sheffield United has already provided a goal and an assist this season.

Jimmy Ryan may be handed his first Rochdale start, alongside Welsh midfielder Jordan Williams. Matt Done should return to the starting line-up, and be looking to open up Blackpool with his pace and trickery from the right-wing. Youngster Oliver Rathbone scored in the 5-2 victory over Bolton Wanderers, I expect him to start out wide today and provide a threat.

Now to the in-form Camps, he’s had an excellent start to the season and may earn himself a call-up to the Northern Ireland squad. The 23-year-old has scored three goals already this campaign and netted a great goal against Sunderland on Tuesday. He will be hoping to provide service to striker Ian Henderson.

This promises to be a very good game. Blackpool is unbeaten and flying, while Rochdale has been playing very well too and should have more than the five points they have.

Rochdale can take 2 positives into this weekend from Sunderland defeat

Rochdale’s unbeaten opening to the season came to an end on Tuesday night, when they were beaten 2-1 by title favourites Sunderland, at Spotland.

Aiden McGeady gave Sunderland the lead against the run of play before Callum Camps levelled five minutes later. The Dale dominated large spells of the second half, bringing out the best of ‘keeper Jon McLaughlin. However, Charlie Wyke finished well in the 58th minute to see Sunderland earn back-to-back wins.

Brian Barry Murphy’s side played very well, outplaying a side with a wage budget probably 10x the size. On another day, with better finishing, they could’ve easily won the game. Let’s pinpoint a couple of positives from the game, for Rochdale fans…

Callum Camps have started the season like a house on fire. A lot of pressure was put on Ian Henderson last season to score their goals, with Camps chipping in, it gives Rochdale a different attacking threat. Camps was brilliant on Tuesday night and took his goal very well. The Northern Irishman has two assists and three assists in just five games this season, which will please Murphy.

The young manager has his side playing attractive, impressive football. Rochdale didn’t just kick Sunderland off the park last night, they outplayed them and opened up their defence a number of times. The Sunderland keeper was excellent, without him and a few better finishes, Rochdale could’ve easily scored three or four last night. If The Dale is mixing it with Sunderland, they’ll win a lot of games this season.

If Rochdale keeps the spine of their team fit, I think they’ll finish in the top six, certainly dark horses.

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