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Posted Fri 22 Mar 13

Rochdale Match Preview

Blues will be looking to get back to winning ways when they travel to Rochdale this weekend in League 2.

After three successive home games without victory, Paul Sturrock will be hoping his side can return from Rochdale with three points this weekend.

Match Officials:

Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: Tony Peart and Bob Roberts
Fourth Official: Ryan Johnson

Team News:

Mark Phillips (toe), Michael Timlin (leg), Chris Barker (achilles) and Caolan Lavery (hamstring) will miss the game because of injury. Luke Prosser is available again following the completion of his two match suspension.

Gavin Tomlin will be pushing for a start, as will Barry Corr after both came off the substitutes bench on Tuesday night. Matt Lund will hope to be fit following a hip injury but remains doubtful.

Rochdale will be without Rhys Bennett, Terry Gornell and Andrew Tutte for the visit of Blues this weekend.

View in both camps:

Paul Sturrock: “We’ve not been good enough in the last three games so. We’ve got seven cup finals in the league between now and the end of the season. Rochdale are suffering from indifferent form too so will be scrapping for everything as they look to clear away from the danger. It’s going to be a tough test.”

Keith Hill after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Gillingham: “I’m going through an emotional rollercoaster and I found it difficult on the touchline watching us in that second-half having seen us in such a comfortable, controlling position in the first. There are a few things we need to address.”

Last time out:

Blues suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Plymouth at Roots Hall on Tuesday night while Rochdale held on to a point against league leaders Gillingham as they drew 1-1. George Donnelly opened the scoring before Danny Kedwell levelled for the Gills.

The Previous Meeting:

Blues beat Rochdale 3-1 back in November despite falling behind early in the second-half. Terry Gornell’s header gave the visitors the lead but Blues came back at them with goals from Gavin Tomlin and Britt Assombalonga before Marc Laird rounded off the scoring with a clever dinked finish.

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Ticket information:

Tickets for our game at Rochdale on Saturday 23rd March, 3pm kick-off will be available on the day only.

Blues fans will be accommodated in the Willbutts Lane Stand, an all covered seating area.

Tickets will be available on the turnstile, cash only.

Prices for the game are as follows:

Adults: £20
Seniors (over-65): £14
Young Person (21 & Under): £14
Junior (16 & Under): £14
7 & Under: Free of charge

Young Persons must purchase their tickets from the Ticket Office and provide photographic ID.

Family Tickets are available, which also must be purchased from the Ticket Office before going to the turnstiles.

1 Adult & 1 Junior: £25
Additional Adult: £18 (Max 2 adults)
Additional Junior: £7 (Max 3 Juniors per adult).

Wheelchair users are charged the concession price of £14 with the carer being free of charge.

Ambulant disabled are charged the appropriate rate for their ticket, however they need a full time carer to accompany them.

Match Coverage:

If you can’t get to the game to cheer on the Blues, you can listen on Blues Player or follow @SUFCRootsHall on Twitter for live updates throughout the game.