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PREVIEW: ROCHDALE (H)

27 December 2015

The Iron welcome Rochdale to Glanford Park on Monday and will be hoping to make it back-to-back wins.

Paddy Madden grabbed the only goal in United’s last game, beating local rivals Doncaster away from home to move up to 14th.

They come up against a Rochdale side that were not in action on Boxing Day as a waterlogged pitch caused their game against Crewe to be called off.

Dale’s form has been up and down in recent weeks, with three wins and three defeats in their last six matches.

They find themselves in 12th place in the League One table and could be overtaken by the Iron if they lose.

Both sides will have eyes on the top six, with the two teams just seven points adrift as the New Year approaches.



Mark Robins will assess his squad after Boxing Day’s trip to Doncaster, with the quick turnaround in fixtures possibly meaning changes.

He was able to welcome David Mirfin back to the side for the trip to Doncaster and Stephen Dawson also started after his spell out through injury.

Tom Hopper and Gary McSheffrey remain long-term absentees for the Iron and will not play a part.



Attacker Peter Vincenti has established himself as one of Rochdale’s key players over the past couple of seasons and has proved it again this season.

He has found the net seven times so far this campaign, adding to his impressive 16 that he managed last season.

Vincenti started his career at Millwall, but failed to make an impact so moved to Stevenage, enjoying a couple of seasons with them.

After his spell with Stevenage, Vincenti moved to Aldershot where he enjoyed three years, but ultimately could not prevent them slipping out of the Football League.

He moved to Rochdale after that and proved to be an instant hit, helping them gain promotion from League Two and carrying that form into last season.

The forward has proved to be an integral part of the Rochdale side and will be vital to any play-off ambitions they have this season.



The Iron won when Rochdale visited on Boxing Day last season, with two second half goals securing a 2-1 win.

Liam O’Neil gave United the lead just a few minutes before the hour mark, converting following a Richard Brindley cutback.

The visitors equalised with 20 minutes to go though as Matty Done continued his impressive form to level the score.

The Iron found a winner with 13 minutes remaining though as Paddy Madden finished from O’Neil’s assist to give United the victory.

The win extended the Iron’s unbeaten run to nine matches and moved them four points clear of the relegation zone.



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