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13 March 2018 Venue Crown Oil Arena Attendance

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Big Preview: Rochdale vs Southend United

13 March 2018

Rochdale vs Southend United

Blues are back in action this evening as they travel up to Rochdale for the second time this season after the original game back in January was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The Dale have since had their pitch at the Crown Oil Arena re-laid after a number of postponements and they’ve drawn both matches on the new surface so far against MK Dons and Tottenham Hotspur.

Southend themselves have had pitch issues so may be quite happy that their next two games are away from home and they’ll be looking to build on Saturday’s draw with Doncaster.

Their hosts though will be glad to be home after four successive away games and they go into this one having won their last two matches on the road at Walsall and Rotherham without conceding. 

Rochdale: WWLLDD

Southend United: DLWDWW

2nd September 2017: Southend United 0 vs 0 Rochdale

14th January 2017: Southend United (Fortune, Cox) 2 vs 1 (Andrew) Rochdale

8th October 2016: Rochdale (Canavan, Andrew, Mendez-Laing) 3 vs 0 Southend United

With tonight the first of two long away trips for Blues and the second game in a three-game week, Chris Powell may look to mix things up a bit for the trip to Rochdale.

Anthony Wordsworth returned to the side at the weekend having been out for a number of weeks with a calf injury so he may be brought into the midfield by Powell.

Blues will also need to assess the fitness of striker Simon Cox after he appeared to jar his knee before the interval against Doncaster and was subsequently substituted just after the hour mark.

Rochdale boss Keith Hill will likely stick with the same starting 11 which started their previous two outings against Walsall and Rotherham, both of which the Dale won.

Those though certain to be missing for the home side will be Niall Canavan and Keith Keane who continue their recoveries from ankle and groin injuries respectively. 

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“We’re starting to see a lot of what I want on a regular basis but with Rochdale and Blackpool coming up we have to be ready and determined to carry on in the same way.

“Rochdale shouldn’t be where they are. Keith is a manager who has done well wherever he’s gone and has a good way of managing. I like him and he speaks his mind.

“You kind of want to freshen it because you want energy. We have three games in a week and have two mammoth trips. It’s not easy but I was us to be right and ready by kick-off.”

Keith Hill, Rochdale Manager:

“We’re looking forward to getting back on home turf on Tuesday night. The supporters on Saturday were magnificent and when we go to our home ground, there can’t be any anxiety brought to the players.

“The Dale fans at Rotherham were amazing – they were absolutely superb. The acoustics in the stadium are superb but all I could hear was our supporters.

“On Tuesday, and over the next three home games, they have to make sure that they support our cause and donate positivity.”

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Match Report: Rochdale 0-0 Southend

13 March 2018

Blues got themselves a hard earned point against an inform Rochdale side at Spotland, but, ultimately drew back to back games 0-0 for the first time since March 2014.

Chris Powell made two changes to Blues starting line-up for Tuesday night’s game at Rochdale following Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Roots Hall against Doncaster with Shay Harrison and Anthony Wordsworth coming in for Simon Cox and Stephen McLaughlin.

Rochdale started the game the brighter of the two sides, as they had two efforts on goal in the opening 15 minutes; as firstly Dale sprung a quick counter attack down the left-hand side, which saw Matty Done bare down on goal, but, his effort was deflected just over the crossbar for a corner.

From the resulting corner, the ball dropped to an unmarked Andy Cannon, but, thankfully for Blues Jason Demetriou charged down Cannon’s goal bound effort.

In the 26th minute Dale striker Ian Henderson nearly gave the home side the lead, following the ball breaking free at the edge of the penalty area, however, Mark Oxley was equal to the striker’s effort and saved the ball well to his left-hand side.

It took till the 29th minute for Blues to have their first notable effort on goal, as they caught Rochdale on the counter, with the ball breaking to Marc Antoine Fortune on the right-hand side of the box, however, the Frenchman could only drill his effort into the side netting at the near post.

Dale went close twice within a couple of minutes towards the end of the half, as Andy Cannon saw an effort from the edge of the box well saved by Oxley towards his top right-hand corner; then shortly after, Brad Inman crossed a ball in from the right-hand side, which Ian Henderson met around 10 yards out, however, thankfully the Dale striker bulleted his header narrowly over the crossbar.

The second half had a rather scrappy start, as Dale nearly put Ian Henderson through one on one against Oxley, however, Blues goalkeeper Oxley did well to race out and clear the ball away from danger.

On the hour mark Blues had a good shout for a penalty turned down, as Fortune was tripped by Ryan Delaney just inside the penalty area on the right-hand side, however, to Blues surprise, the referee waved to play on.

In the 65th minute, Anthony Wordsworth tried his luck from around 20 yards out, however, Josh Lillis was equal to Wordsworth’s effort in the Dale goal.

With little under 15 minutes to go, Rochdale substitute Steven Davies tried an ambitious half volley from around 20 yards out, however, his effort went straight at Oxley who beat the ball away.

The final stages of the game were played out in unspectacular fashion, which saw Blues draw back to back games 0-0 for the first time since March 2014. Blues will be looking to end their small goalless drought on Saturday at Bloomfield Road against Blackpool.

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Ticket News

Rochdale Tickets Off Sale Today

Rochdale vs Southend 20th January 2018

19 January 2018

Tickets for Blues' game against Rochdale will go off sale today at 3pm...

We have been allocated 297 tickets and seven pairs of Wheelchair and carer tickets with more available if needed.

Prices are as follows;

Adults - £22

Seniors (65+) - £16

Young person (21 and under) - £16.00

Junior (16 and under) - £5.00

2 and under tickets are free of charge – please note these tickets will only be available from the Main Ticket Office either in person, via phone on 08444 770077 or Online.

Disabled supporters are charged the age relevant category with a free of charge carer if required.

Wheelchair tickets are charged at the concessionary price £16.00 with the carer being free of charge.

There is no price increase when purchasing on the day and tickets will be available for collection from 1pm on the day at the Ticket Collection Cabin which is located next door to the community office, facing the 5 aside pitch.

Rochdale will also have cash turnstiles in the Willbutts Lane (Away End) and their ticket office will be open from 9am for those who wish to purchase tickets by card.

To find out Rochdale's Admission policies click here.

It is recommended that all those in possession of a concession ticket bring proof on the day of the match as checks may be in place.

For Rochdale travel information click here.

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