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Match Preview: Rochdale

14 January 2022

After eight games unbeaten in Sky Bet League Two, Rovers next face Rochdale at Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon.

It’s another quick turnaround from Tuesday night’s draw at Salford City with the games coming thick and fast for Micky Mellon’s side. 

A first Paul Glatzel goal since coming back from injury meant Rovers kept up the unbeaten run, but Rochdale will be looking to build on a 3-0 win over Newport County last time out with another win on Saturday afternoon.

The result was Rochdale’s first league victory since the end of October when they beat Barrow 2-1 at Holker Street.

Team News:

Nat Knight-Percival is still ruled out with injury whilst Elliott Nevitt will be assessed after coming of at half time on Tuesday.

Kieron Morris will be available for selection again after isolation, as will Callum McManaman. 

One to Watch:  Alex Newby

Born in Barrow-in-Furness, Newby has played his entire football career in the North of England after beginning his playing career with Bolton Wanderers and Barrow.

He was loaned out to Kendal Town before featuring in non-league for Clitheroe and Chorley.

After making over 80 appearances for Chorley, Newby signed for Rochdale in 2020 and has got eight goal contributions this season from Midfield.

 Manager: Robbie Stockdale 

A former Tranmere player, Robbie Stockdale took his first managerial job at Spotland last summer after being a coach at Sunderland and Grimsby Town.

His playing career included a number of clubs, with Tranmere stretching between 2006 and 2008 after making 80 appearances for the Whites.

This season has seen him win six games in the league and currently sits four points above the relegation zone.

Match Coverage:

Supporters are able to listen to this game live via iFollow and TRFC Radio who will be providing full match commentary.

Audio passes are available for £2.50 by clicking here. Every pass purchased benefits Tranmere Rovers. 

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 

Match reaction from Micky Mellon and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel.


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