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PREVIEW: ROCHDALE (A)

20 March 2015

The Iron head to Rochdale on Saturday and will be hoping to build on the point against Sheffield United in their last match.

Mark Robins’ side drew 1-1 at Glanford Park last Saturday and were not in action in midweek due to their clash with Bradford being rearranged.

Rochdale were in action on Tuesday and secured a 2-1 win at Notts County, with Peter Vincenti and Ian Henderson both on target, lifting Dale to 10th and keeping them in play-off contention.

The goals of Henderson and Vincenti have been crucial this season, with the pair notching 28 league goals between them, ensuring the departing Matty Done has not been missed too badly.

Dale have been in great form at home of late, winning four out of their last five matches at Spotland, but the Iron have been impressive on their travels this season.

Mark Robins has a couple of decisions to make regarding team selection ahead of Saturday’s match, with Neal Bishop missing for a month.

Bishop scored against Sheffield United, but has had an operation on the hernia problem that he has played with for a while, despite originally hoping to wait until the end of the campaign.

Hakeeb Adelakun replaced the midfielder at half time last Saturday and could be in line to come in for Bishop, and will still be available despite breaking his hand.

Midfielder Sean McAllister has a similar injury, but is also available to play and offers another option in the middle of the park for Robins.

The previous meeting between the sides this season went the way of the Iron, with United winning 2-1 at Glanford Park on Boxing Day.

Liam O’Neil and Paddy Madden were both on target for the Iron and the since departed forward Matty Done was on the scorer for Rochdale.

Both sides were promoted from League Two last season, with the Iron finishing a place above Dale in second, and it was Scunthorpe who emerged victorious on both occasions.

The trip to Spotland last season saw the Iron come away with a comfortable 4-0 victory, although Rochdale played the last 15 minutes with nine men.

Niall Canavan, Sam Winnall, James Spencer and Dave Syers were all on target for the Iron, while Dale had Olly Lancashire and Jack O’Connell dismissed.

Out of a total of 93 matches played between the two sides, Scunthorpe have a better record than their opponents, winning 39, drawing 23 and only losing 31.

Ahead of the game, see our article on the matchday officials, as well as the betting preview, picking the best odds from the league’s official sponsor, Sky Bet.

If you cannot make it to Spotland to see if the Iron can return to winning ways, keep track of the action by tuning into the club’s official social media channels or the official website, with live updates available from kick-off.


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