Following Dales win last week over Scunthorpe, Rochdale will be looking to increase their three game unbeaten run under temporary manager Brian Barry-Murphy.
At the time of writing it is unknown whether Andy Lonergan will have his emergency loan extended by another week, but his solid displays between the posts has been a major contributory factor towards Dales recent upturn in form and results.
Looking ahead to April there are two crucial games which stand out as absolute must wins to have a chance of staying up.
19th April – Rochdale vs Wycombe
The first big game in April for me is the home game against Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe Wanderers. This is a very winnable game in my opinion, especially because by this point I expect Wycombe to be safe and with a place in the play offs looking highly unlikely for them, this could be very much a nothing game to them.
This can only be to Rochdale’s advantage as they need every possible assistance to take three points from this game.
27th April – Rochdale vs Southend
Later the same month Rochdale are again at home to the currently managerless Southend United. Who dismissed Chris Powell this week following their defeat to Peterborough United, the culmination of a run of 10 games without a win. Rochdale and Southend are both struggling at the foot of the table so this is a must win game for both sides which, could lead to this being a proper old fashioned bottom of the table scrap.
Before these two games though Rochdale face the trip to Accrington in a rearranged game on Tuesday the 9th of April. The Wham Stadium has been a happy hunting ground for Rochdale in the past, so any points would be a welcome edition to Dale’s strive for League One survival.
I have already previously discussed the importance of the rescheduled Accrington game, in a previous article. An air of positivity has slowly been creeping back amongst the Spotland faithful and long may it continue