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Match Preview: Rochdale

13 February 2020

Match Previews

Match Preview: Rochdale

13 February 2020

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers will make the trip to Spotland Stadium on Saturday afternoon to take on Rochdale, 3pm kick-off.

Micky Mellon’s men will look to build on the point gained at home on Tuesday night against Bristol Rovers.

The Rovers currently sit in 21st place, in League One after 30 games, 6 points behind 20th place AFC Wimbledon.

Our opponents Rochdale, sit in 19th place after 31 games, with a 10 point lead over the Rovers.

Team news

Following injuries sustained during our match against Portsmouth, both Callum Woods and Kane Wilson will be out for 2-3 weeks.

George Ray picked up a groin injury on Tuesday - the extent of this injury is currently unknown.

On a more positive note, Clarke and Banks have both made a return to training this week.

One to watch

Ian Henderson is our man to watch from Rochdale, scoring 13 goals out of 28 league appearances this season. 

Henderson joined the home side on a free transfer following his release from Colchester in 2013. 

The striker rose up through Norwich City’s youth academy, with spells at Northampton, Luton Town and Colchester United. 

Finding success at his current club, Henderson has bagged over 100 goals during his time there, including two goals against  Rovers during our first game of the season, which saw the travelling side take home all three points in a 3-2 victory.

Match officials

Referee: Anthony Backhouse

Assistant referees: David Hunt and Danny Gratton

Fourth Official: Paul Graham

Ticket information

Follow Micky and the lads on the road as we travel to face the Dale at Spotland Stadium.

Tickets start from the below prices:

Adult: £22

Senior 65+: £16

U21: £16

U16: £5

U2: Free

Carer: Free

Ambulant Disabled: Same price applies as above.

Wheelchair users pay concession price (£16) or relevant age category.

Past meeting

Rochdale made the trip to Prenton Park in the opening game of the season, taking the lead after only 14 minutes with a penalty from Henderson. 

After 70 minutes, Rovers found themselves 3-0 down, with a late come back attempt, the homeside, managed to reduce the deficit through a Dooley own goal and a 93rd minute goal from Connor Jennings. 

This was not enough and Rochdale left Prenton Park with all three points.

Match Coverage

The SWA can listen to the whole game live on iFollow for just £2.50 from kick-off to the final whistle.

Your TRFC Radio match day commentary team of Phill Wilkinson and Rob Edwards will guide you through events at Spotland Stadium.

iFollow Tranmere is the only place you can listen to devoted TRFC coverage and if you sign-up, you can watch exclusive behind the scenes content, interviews and match highlights.

An audio match pass on iFollow costs just £2.50! To sign-up, CLICK HERE.

Alternatively, you can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.

Twitter: @TranmereRovers

Facebook: @trfcofficial

Instagram: @tranmererovers

TikTok: @tranmererovers

Did you know?

The last time Tranmere made the journey to Rochdale in 2012, during a League One fixture, Rovers scored two unanswered goals and returned with all three points.

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