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Match Previews

Match Preview: Rochdale (A)

10 January 2020

The Wanderers make the short trip tomorrow to play Brian Barry-Murphy’s Rochdale in a Sky Bet League One clash at the Crown Oil Arena.

Rochdale are currently sitting in 18th place in the table, on 25 points.

Dale come into the North-West derby after earning a FA cup replay against Premier League opposition in Newcastle United.

Their last previous league game was a 2-1 win away at Accrington Stanley.

Team News

In his pre-match press conference with, Wanderers manager Keith Hill said that there are ‘too many’ injured players, but confirmed there are no fresh injury concerns for tomorrows clash at the Crown Oil Arena. 

Toto Nsiala could come in for his debut after signing for the club on loan from Ipswich Town until the end of the season.

Head to Head

The Whites have played Rochdale 19 times in total, with the first-ever meeting between the sides resulting in a Wanderers 6-3 win in the League Cup on 13 August 1969.

Bolton have also edged the fixture since, taking nine wins from the 19 games, drawing six and losing four against Rochdale.

Earlier in the season, Rochdale ran out 3-1 winners in the League One clash at the University of Bolton stadium back in October 2019.

Match Coverage

As usual, match updates will be provided by the club’s official twitter account (@OfficialBWFC). We will keep you up to date with the action to ensure you don’t miss a kick – delivering a match report shortly after the final whistle with post-match reaction from manager, Keith Hill.

Live commentary will also be available by the iFollow BWFC channel (subscribe via the website), with the BBC Radio Manchester team providing the coverage.

Betting Odds

Wanderers come into the game as second favourites at the time of writing according to Sky Bet, and are being priced to win at 11/4

Rochdale are currently favourites at 10/11 on to win, with a draw being priced at 12/5.

Man in the Middle

Saturday’s 3pm kick-off will be officiated by James Adcock, with linesmen Robert Adkin and David Hunt and Fourth Official Joe Simpson completing the referee line-up.

Adcock has officiated 13 matches this season, with the most recent being in a 2-1 home victory for Rotherham against Blackpool.

So far this campaign he has handed out 40 yellow cards and four red cards.

Currently in his tenth season as a referee, Adcock has refereed the Whites six times, with the Wanderers registering one win one draw and four defeats with Adcock as the referee.

Key man for the Dale – Callum Camps

One of Rochdale’s most consistent players this season has been 24-year-old Callum Camps.

The number 10 has registered eight goals and seven assists in all competitions so far this season, and scored twice against the Wanderers in the last outing.

Camps has represented Northern Ireland at Under-21 level and has come through the ranks at Rochdale through their youth academy.


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Match Reports

Report: Rochdale 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

11 January 2020

Wanderers suffered a 2-0 reverse against Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena despite hitting the woodwork three times and seeing home goalkeeper Robert Sanchez make several stunning saves to keep Keith Hill’s men at bay.

A goal in each half from Luke Matheson and Jimmy Ryan ensured the points stayed in Rochdale but the scoreline didn’t tell the whole tale as luck cruelly robbed Wanderers of a point they deserved.

Manager Keith Hill made five changes from the team that suffered a narrow defeat against Burton Albion on New Year’s Day.

New signings Ethan Hamilton and Toto Nsiala came into the back line alongside fit-again Liam Edwards and Yoan Zouma while Sonny Graham returned to start in midfield.

Muhammadu Faal and George Thomason, who were both recruited earlier in the week, were named amongst the substitutes while Daryl Murphy was handed the captain’s armband.

Callum Camps tried to get an early lead for the hosts but failed to connect with a overhead kick after a decent cross from the right by Luke Matheson.

At the other end, Josh Emmanuel sent in a good cross from the right which just evaded the head of Murphy.

Ronan Darcy curled a shot that went wide after some good play just outside the box from Hamilton.

Remi Matthews then held on to a deep Camps free-kick after the ball evaded both sets of players.

Wanderers were unfortunate not to take the lead shortly afterwards when Hamilton’s volley rebounded off the foot of the post. Again, Emmanuel sent in a great cross from the right which was headed into the path of the Scot by Murphy.

The big Irishman was on defensive duties and cleared away Dooley’s lofted free kick after Nsiala committed a foul just outside the box.

Zouma then cleared away the danger after Camps attempted to put through Matheson who was lurking at the far post.

Jimmy Ryan sent in a thunderbolt from 20 yards after being laid off by Wilbraham but the ball went straight into the arms of Matthews.

Emmanuel was looking dangerous every time he got the ball out wide and his great run and dribble was thwarted at the expense of a corner.

Again Emmanuel put in a deep cross from the right hand side which found the head of Murphy, but then nobody was around to pick up on the loose ball from the Irishman’s lay-off which was ultimately cleared.

Nsiala’s pass found Murphy on the wide, but he overhit the ball as he tried to put it in the box.

Hamilton picked out Dodoo over on the far side with a glorious pass, the attacker then cut in from the left but curled his shot wide.

Wanderers caused a bit of panic in the Dale box when Hamilton put in a dangerous cross. The ball fell to Sonny Graham who chipped it back in but the hosts eventually cleared.

At the other end, Ian Henderson wasted a chance as his shot flew over the bar.

Hamilton was causing all sort of problems and his ball found Darcy, whose well hit shot was somehow blocked by a Dale defender.

Matheson put the hosts in front just before the break after his persistence paid off. He charged towards goal and evaded every challenge before thumping past Matthews.

Hamilton thundered in a shot on the turn from distance but it was well-held by Robert Sanchez.

Wanderers restarted the second half on the front foot and it wasn’t long before Emmanuel was causing mayhem on the right flank. This time his cross evaded everyone as it was begging to be smashed in the Rochdale goal.

Hamilton was picked out by Emmanuel just outside the box and his right footer cannoned off the bar. The ball work its way back to him and his follow-up shot didn’t trouble Sanchez.

Wanderers had the bit between their teeth once again and found themselves with a glorious chance to equalise when Hamilton was felled just outside the box. He picked himself up and his hard, low strike was only parried away at the far post by Sanchez. Dale eventually cleared the ball.

Hamilton was thwarted yet again by Sanchez who flung himself low and to the right to keep out the on-loan man’s drive.

At the other end, Wilbraham’s shot on the turn just in side the box went wide as Dale tried to extend their slender lead.

Dooley’s shot from distance moments was always rising and went narrowly over the bar.

Faal was handed his debut when he came on for Graham and the young striker was given a rapturous welcome by the 2,600 strong travelling faithful.

Liam Edwards got to a corner first but his near post header went wide.

Dale were having a purple patch after Wanderers’ second-half superiority and substitute Fabio Tavares saw his shot deflect for a corner.

Toto Nsiala made an important clearance as the hosts piled the pressure on the Wanderers defence.

Wanderers made another attacking substitution with former Dale player Chris O’Grady coming on for Dodoo.

Dale’s second had a great swathe of fortune about it as RJimmy yan’s long ranged effort took a strong deflection to wrong foot Matthews.

Despite a strong showing and plenty of chances falling their way, Wanderers left the Crown Oil Arena with no points to show for their efforts.

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Ticket News

Pay on the Day available at Rochdale

10 January 2020

Wanderers supporters will be able to purchase tickets from the turnstiles at the Crown Oil Arena tomorrow afternoon, ahead of our Sky Bet League One clash with Rochdale.

Ticket prices will increase on the day.

Advanced sales from Bolton Wanderers are still available via the phone lines & in person at Bolton Central until 2pm this afternoon. After this time, no sales or refunds can be processed.


Advanced Ticket Prices

Adults - £22.00

Over 65s - £16.00

Under 22s - £16.00

Under 16s - £5.00


Match Day Prices

Adults - £25.00

Over 65s - £19.00

Under 22s - £19.00

Under 16s - £8.00

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