Rochdale's top scorer likely to be sidelined for York City clash

York Press: Rochdale's top scorer likely to be sidelined for York City clash Rochdale's top scorer likely to be sidelined for York City clash

ROCHDALE top scorer Scott Hogan and former York City defender Jack O'Connell are both likely to still be sidelined for tomorrow's big game at Spotland.

With 19 goals, Hogan was Sky Bet League Two's leading marksman prior to being crocked a month ago during a 0-0 draw at Bury.

That knee injury has left the 21-year-old striker sidelined since, allowing Scunthorpe's Sam Winnall and Reuben Reid, of Plymouth, to jump ahead of him in the goal charts.

Hogan, who started out as an apprentice at Rochdale and rejoined the club last summer following non-League spells with Halifax and Hyde, had scored seven goals in six games, including hat-tricks against AFC Wimbledon and Oxford, before his enforced absence.

But he has not been as sorely missed as might have been expected.

Keith Hill's men suffered a surprise defeat at bottom-of-the-table Torquay in their first match without Hogan but have now won four and drawn one of their last five fixtures to head the division - two points clear of nearest rivals Scunthorpe and nine ahead of fourth-placed Fleetwood in the fight for automatic promotion places.

Midfielder Matthew Lund has also picked up the goalscoring mantle with four goals during that spell and Ian Henderson, Peter Vincenti and Jamie Allen have all chipped in with two apiece.

On-loan Blackburn centre-back O'Connell, 20, has played a key role too in the Lancashire club's success this season, having started 41 matches before he joined Hogan in the treatment room last month.

O'Connell, who played 18 times for the Minstermen during the second half of last season, even captained the side earlier this term but Dale have also coped well with his loss during the last three matches, keeping clean sheets in a run of four successive shut-outs.

That sequence has seen wins over Northampton (3-0), Wycombe (2-0) and Portsmouth (3-0), as well as last weekend's goal-less draw at Fleetwood.

The Torquay reverse, meanwhile, remains the leaders' only loss in a dozen matches and, at home, Hill's side have won seven, drawn one and lost one of their last nine fixtures.

Dagenham & Redbridge are the only visiting side to leave Spotland with maximum points during that period, triumphing 1-0 to join Scunthorpe, who were 4-0 winners back in November, as the only sides to keep Dale off the scoresheet during 22 fixtures on their own soil in 2013/14.

A tally of 40 home goals is the highest in the division and only Brentford, with 15 to their name, have enjoyed more league wins in front of their own fans from English football's top four divisions.

Rochdale will move level with that number should they defeat City.

Team (probable): Lillis, Rafferty, Lancashire, Bennett, Done, Vincenti, Rose, Lund, Henderson, Allen, Donnelly.

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2:58pm Fri 4 Apr 14

NottsExile says...

I have had a look at some of the fans' comments at the Rochdale end and they don't seem to fancy playing us tomorrow. They are viewing our defensive meanness with some envy and rightly state that it is 2nd v 1st in the form league. An early goal is something they think is important but they are indeed very nervous about playing the City!!

Determination from the players ans a solid performance might yield something for us. Another ugly one nil win will do nicely!!
I have had a look at some of the fans' comments at the Rochdale end and they don't seem to fancy playing us tomorrow. They are viewing our defensive meanness with some envy and rightly state that it is 2nd v 1st in the form league. An early goal is something they think is important but they are indeed very nervous about playing the City!! Determination from the players ans a solid performance might yield something for us. Another ugly one nil win will do nicely!! NottsExile
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5:24pm Fri 4 Apr 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

Unfortunately, because of a friend's wedding, I am unable to travel to Rochdale tomorrow. However I hope to sneak off and listen to at least the results during the afternon.

For once I am hoping that one of my former students does not do well tomorrow - he's in goal for Rochdale!

Relying on those of you who are making the trip to give the lads a shout for me. COYR.
Unfortunately, because of a friend's wedding, I am unable to travel to Rochdale tomorrow. However I hope to sneak off and listen to at least the results during the afternon. For once I am hoping that one of my former students does not do well tomorrow - he's in goal for Rochdale! Relying on those of you who are making the trip to give the lads a shout for me. COYR. North Lincs Minsterman
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7:23pm Fri 4 Apr 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Looking forward to another trip to Rochdale. I am expecting another tight match against a decent team. This match could tell us if City are going to be serious play-off contenders this season. I was there last season when City won 3-2, but I would be quite happy with a draw tomorrow.
Looking forward to another trip to Rochdale. I am expecting another tight match against a decent team. This match could tell us if City are going to be serious play-off contenders this season. I was there last season when City won 3-2, but I would be quite happy with a draw tomorrow. OLD - HEAD
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11:50pm Fri 4 Apr 14

23rdApril1966 says...

Fear not the 6 time lucky maroon away jumper is ready.
My only ask is that we don't miss out wondering and by that I mean that we go on the offensive in all the remaining games. Of course a point tomorrow would be good but thereafter there are three home games against teams that would appear to be all but safe and a trip to free falling Oxford before the curtain comes down at Scunny. Maximum points from those 4 games is do-able. Nobody expected a play off place and most would still see it as a bonus this season so I hope that the approach is positive as in all honesty I don't think anybody would criticise us missing out that way. Far better that then draws proving to be too little to make it to the play offs. Would like to see Andrew and Bowman up front with Coulson replacing either of the widemen. Would personally give Montrose a go in place of Reed who has been off the pace of late and Penn could do with a tad more support in winning those second balls. Regardless of the 11 selected tomorrow is a whole lot more relaxed than the start of the 6 game run in last season !
Fear not the 6 time lucky maroon away jumper is ready. My only ask is that we don't miss out wondering and by that I mean that we go on the offensive in all the remaining games. Of course a point tomorrow would be good but thereafter there are three home games against teams that would appear to be all but safe and a trip to free falling Oxford before the curtain comes down at Scunny. Maximum points from those 4 games is do-able. Nobody expected a play off place and most would still see it as a bonus this season so I hope that the approach is positive as in all honesty I don't think anybody would criticise us missing out that way. Far better that then draws proving to be too little to make it to the play offs. Would like to see Andrew and Bowman up front with Coulson replacing either of the widemen. Would personally give Montrose a go in place of Reed who has been off the pace of late and Penn could do with a tad more support in winning those second balls. Regardless of the 11 selected tomorrow is a whole lot more relaxed than the start of the 6 game run in last season ! 23rdApril1966
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4:54pm Sat 5 Apr 14

pip007 says...

23rdApril1966 wrote:
Fear not the 6 time lucky maroon away jumper is ready.
My only ask is that we don't miss out wondering and by that I mean that we go on the offensive in all the remaining games. Of course a point tomorrow would be good but thereafter there are three home games against teams that would appear to be all but safe and a trip to free falling Oxford before the curtain comes down at Scunny. Maximum points from those 4 games is do-able. Nobody expected a play off place and most would still see it as a bonus this season so I hope that the approach is positive as in all honesty I don't think anybody would criticise us missing out that way. Far better that then draws proving to be too little to make it to the play offs. Would like to see Andrew and Bowman up front with Coulson replacing either of the widemen. Would personally give Montrose a go in place of Reed who has been off the pace of late and Penn could do with a tad more support in winning those second balls. Regardless of the 11 selected tomorrow is a whole lot more relaxed than the start of the 6 game run in last season !
Maroon sweaters eh! Bloody hell!
[quote][p][bold]23rdApril1966[/bold] wrote: Fear not the 6 time lucky maroon away jumper is ready. My only ask is that we don't miss out wondering and by that I mean that we go on the offensive in all the remaining games. Of course a point tomorrow would be good but thereafter there are three home games against teams that would appear to be all but safe and a trip to free falling Oxford before the curtain comes down at Scunny. Maximum points from those 4 games is do-able. Nobody expected a play off place and most would still see it as a bonus this season so I hope that the approach is positive as in all honesty I don't think anybody would criticise us missing out that way. Far better that then draws proving to be too little to make it to the play offs. Would like to see Andrew and Bowman up front with Coulson replacing either of the widemen. Would personally give Montrose a go in place of Reed who has been off the pace of late and Penn could do with a tad more support in winning those second balls. Regardless of the 11 selected tomorrow is a whole lot more relaxed than the start of the 6 game run in last season ![/p][/quote]Maroon sweaters eh! Bloody hell! pip007
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