We take a look at Saturday's opponents and identify three important players.
Experienced striker Ian Henderson certainly knows where the back of the net is. He’s played 44 games in League One this season and scored 19 goals, unsurprisingly making him Rochdale’s top scorer. He’s also joint third in the overall goalscorers in the league which is pretty impressive from the 34-year-old in a side that have been around the bottom of the table for the most part. Since joining in February 2013 after having his contact cancelled at Colchester United, he hasn’t scored less than 12 goals in a full season at Dale, averaging 18 goals a season in six full campaigns.
Ethan Hamilton joined Rochdale on loan from Manchester United in January until the end of the season. The Scotsman has come in and made 12 appearances for the club, scoring four goals from midfield, but was also sent off away to Luton in March for two yellow cards. The 20-year-old’s last goal came in Rochdale’s recent victory over Bristol Rovers on Easter Monday which put them six points clear of relegation. Hamilton has started 59% of the games he has appeared in and also participated in 15% of Rochdale’s overall goals scored. His main position is in the centre of midfield, but Hamilton is also seen as someone who can play as a left midfielder as well as left back.
Former Bury, Sheffield United and MK Dons loanee Ethan Ebanks-Landell joined Rochdale in January, once again on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers. A mainstay in the side since joining, he has started all but one of his 15 appearances, the only one he didn’t being his first away to Peterborough, which goes to show his importance to the side. Ebanks-Landell has helped his side achieve three clean sheets in their last four games, with two of them coming away from home and has also chipped in with two goals. Out of those 15 games played he has only been on the losing side on seven occasions.