Pool Travel To Spotland
Fixture| Rochdale vs Blackpool
Date| 16 April 2016
Sat inside the relegation zone with four games remaining, Blackpool travel to Rochdale with little room for error this weekend.
Three points would lift Neil McDonald’s side back above the dotted line and provide a return to momentum, which was in full flow prior to last week’s defeat to Colchester United.
Ten points from 12 prior to last weekend have given Pool a fighting chance to avoid the drop, but they now face back-to-back away games, where points will be valuable.
Rochdale still have an outside hope of squeezing into the play-offs, with seven points separating them and Gillingham in sixth place.
A run of just one defeat in seven matches has them approaching the business end of the season in good form, particularly after last week’s victory over Peterborough United.
Their last game at Spotland resulted in a draw with struggling Doncaster Rovers, when Niall Canavan scored at the death to save the home side a point.
Their standing of eighth place represents another solid season at this level for Keith Hill and his squad, and Dale have won 11 times on home soil.
Henry Cameron aside, Blackpool have a fully fit squad to select from.
Dale’s leading scorer Ian Henderson will miss the game through suspension, having been dismissed against Wigan Athletic recently. Canavan might miss the fixture, having been struggling through injury recently, while Calvin Andrew could return from a long-term problem.
McDonald said: “We’re full on confidence away from home and the last two have been under severe pressure against Crewe and Doncaster. We seem to have handled it very well, creating lots of chances and scoring goals. People have been putting their hands up this week with training, which has been nice and sharp, so there’s a bit of a conundrum on who to play.”
Rochdale assistant manager Chris Beech said: “We’ll be ready to play a competitive Blackpool team that on their day are very good. They’ve got some very good football players. When you find yourself in that dog fight people run that extra mile and give the extra percent. They’ll come to Rochdale looking for a response to their last 90 minutes.”
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.