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Preview: Rochdale (H)

14 August 2015

Blackpool Set For First Home Game of Season

Fixture | Blackpool vs Rochdale
Date | 15 August 2015
Venue | Bloomfield Road

Neil McDonald is hoping to enjoy a winning start to life at Bloomfield Road, as his Blackpool side prepare to play host to Rochdale on Saturday.

It’s the manager’s first home game in charge, but comes on the back of a disappointing Capital One Cup exit at Northampton Town.

McDonald will take heart from Pool’s last league performance at Colchester however, where the players got off the mark for the season with a 2-2 draw.

Now after two hefty trips to open the campaign, McDonald is set for his home bow and he’ll want to hit the ground running against Dale.

It’s the first of back-to-back home games for Blackpool, with a return to the system used at Colchester United looking likely.

The Opposition
After coming close to breaking into the top six last season, Dale have started the new campaign in similarly positive fashion.

A 2-0 opening day win over Peterborough United was followed up by a penalty shootout victory against Coventry City in mid-week.

Donal McDermott, a summer signing from Ramsbottom United, was on target against The Sky Blues and impressed during pre-season.

He was joined by fellow new faces Jim McNulty, Joel Logan and Lewis Alessandra, as Keith Hill looked to strengthen his squad over the summer.

Team News
Blackpool are expected to select from the same squad which lost at Sixfields Stadium, with Colin Doyle and John Herron again set to miss out.

As for Rochdale, Andy Cannon is expected to return after missing Tuesday’s game, while Keith Hill may freshen up his side after they were taken to extra time and penalties.

Pre-Match Talk
Blackpool manager McDonald said: “They play some good stuff, I have seen them already this season. I went to watch them in a pre-season friendly against AFC Fylde. We’ve got the full picture of how they’re trying to do things. We’ve got to stay positive, try get at them and try to exploit their weaknesses at much as we can.”

Rochdale manager Keith Hill said: "We’ve got eight fixtures in August, but I believe in the squad, if we need to change then we will change, but we’re fit and we’re ready. Mentally, it has been an exhausting week, as you can imagine, but hopefully we’ll freshen up for the game against Blackpool.”

Coverage
Tangerine PlayerHD will be providing full 90 minute commentary from the match, while the Blackpool FC Twitter feed will be providing live updates for the entirety.

Reaction will be available on the official website post-match, as well as on YouTube, PlayerHD and social media.

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