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The Big Match Preview: Rochdale vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

18 April 2019

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Rochdale vs Wycombe Wanderers
Friday 19th April 2019, k.o. 3pm
Crown Oil Stadium
Referee: Andy Haines

One swallow doesn't make a summer, and while the 2-0 victory at Southend was greeted with equal quantities of relief and celebration, the Chairboys know they must re-focus and knuckle down to ensure their climb away from the bottom four continues.

The 12-game wait for a win was ended with a typically assured performance which was finally rewarded with the result the Blues craved, and backing it up with victories over Rochdale and Walsall over the Easter weekend could guarantee the conclusion of the long ongoing fight for survival.

But Rochdale are another side in the relegation shake-up who've proved they're more than up for the fight in recent weeks, climbing out of the bottom four thanks to an upturn in performances and results under new boss Brian Barry-Murphy, who's overseen three wins, two draws and just two defeats since taking charge.

The reverse fixture saw Gareth Ainsworth's men record their most comfortable and accomplished win of the season to date, but matters at the Crown Oil Arena are likely to be far tighter, as Wycombe return to a venue where they've lost on their last three visits, and are winless since 2008.

Tickets
Wanderers sold just under 300 tickets before tickets went off advance sale on Thursday lunchtime, but Blues fans can buy on arrival at the Crown Oil Arena.

Tickets are in the Willbutts Lane Stand (unreserved seating), with prices as follows.

Adults: £22
Seniors: £16
Young Adults: £16
Wheelchair users: £16 (carer goes free)
Juniors: £5
Under 2s: Free

Seniors are classed as ages 65+, young adults are ages 17-21, and juniors are aged 16 and under. Tickets for under 2s must be purchased with a paying adult or concession. Please note there is no student concession on offer.

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before 1pm on Thursday 18th April, or from Rochdale's stadium on the day of the game from 1.30pm.

Team News
Rochdale could have a near fully-fit squad to choose from following Calvin Andrew's return from injury, with Rekeil Pyke the only absentee.

Wycombe are without Darius Charles, though Nathan Tyson and Luke Bolton could return.

Kit
Wanderers will be in their orange change strip.

Man in the middle
Experienced official Andy Haines was last in charge of a Wycombe game in November, overseeing the 3-2 victory over Shrewsbury at Adams Park.

He's shown 103 yellow and four red cards in 35 games this term.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

POST CODE: OL11 5DR

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the normal route to the northbound M6 (M40 and M42). At Junction 21A (M62) keep forward (signposted Manchester), then in 0.5 miles branch left to join the eastbound M62. At J12 join the M60 (signposted Ring Road North, Leeds, Bolton). After 7.4 miles, continue forward onto the M62 (signposted Leeds, Huddersfield, Rochdale, M62). Exit the M62 at J20 and follow signs for Rochdale along the A627(M). At the first set of traffic lights keep left, sign posted Bury and Rochdale Town Centre. Bunnings Warehouse will be on your right-hand side, follow this road until the next set of traffic lights. Here you need to be in the second lane of four lanes, to head straight across (sign posted Blackburn). Follow this road (Roch Valley Way) until the next set of traffic lights, remaining in the left-hand lane. At the traffic lights go straight ahead on to Sandy Lane (the Cemetery pub should be on your right-hand side). Continue along this road and the Stadium is on your right-hand side after approximately half a mile.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 197 (approx. journey time 3 hours 45 minutes).

Recommended area for car parking
Street parking is available around the stadium, however, please be aware that parking restrictions are in place in the yellow coned areas – these are monitored by traffic control. Parking is also available at a local high school, which is around half a mile from the ground: Oulder Hill Community School, Greave Avenue, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL11 5EF

Using the train?
Rochdale Railway Station is just under two miles away from the ground and is served by direct trains from Manchester Victoria and Leeds. Alternatively, you can get a Metrolink tram to Rochdale Interchange from central Manchester. Be warned that the station is around a 35-40-minute walk from the Crown Oil arena.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 10,000. Visiting supporters are housed in the Willbutts Lane Stand (Reside Estate and Lettings Agency). This is a covered stand and the view of the action and facilities within are both pretty good. Turnstiles open an hour before kick-off. The match day programme “Voice of Spotland”, priced at £3, is available to purchase from the Club Shop or from programme sellers around the ground.

Spare time on your hands?
There are two bars at the ground. “Studds” is located underneath the Pearl Street Stand while “The Ratcliffe Arms” is located at the car park entrance to the ground, on Sandy Lane. The Cemetery Hotel, located at the bottom of Sandy Lane and on the corner with Bury Road, is also worth a visit. Alcohol is available inside the ground, although it is cans poured into plastic glasses.

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Match Reports

Report: Rochdale 1-0 Wycombe

Not a Good Friday.

19 April 2019

Wanderers suffered a blow to their survival hopes, losing 1-0 to Rochdale and being made to pay for a host of missed opportunities in the first 45 minutes.

A lively attacking display, spearheaded by Scott Kashket, saw the Blues on top for large parts of the game but after their clinical touch eluded them, Ian Henderson showed how it was done, finding himself in the right place at the right time to bundle home late on.

Wanderers applied real pressure to the home defence in the closing stages but couldn't summon the equaliser, adding extra significance to the visit of Walsall to Adams Park on Monday.

Gareth Ainsworth named the same starting XI for the third game running, buoyed by recent performances against Charlton and, most notably, Southend, in which the Blues ended their long wait for a victory six days earlier.

On a bright, sunny afternoon at the Crown Oil Arena, Wanderers – in orange – started well against their opponents who sat just two points below them in the table, with Scott Kashket in particular posing a constant threat, almost collecting an Adebayo Akinfenwa flick-on in the area in the first minute, and then just being unable to convert a loose ball from a corner.

A third half-chance arose when Akinfenwa lofted ball forward following a Rochdale corner and Kashket escaped his man to latch on to it, one-on-one with the keeper, but his efforts to poke it past the keeper were thwarted by the home side’s no.1 grabbing it on the edge of the box.

Opportunities kept coming, with Adam El-Abd seeing a header blocked from a Jason McCarthy corner, and Alex Samuel’s shot on the turn taking a deflection which killed its momentum and the keeper gathered with ease.

Kashket and Samuel had further opportunities blocked, before Rochdale were forced into a change due to an injury to right-back Ryan McLaughlin, with Jimmy Keohane taking his place.

There were a couple of flash points when referee Andy Haines denied Dale a free-kick inside the box, claiming El-Abd’s touch back to Allsop – who handled – was deliberate, before Joe Bunney went down under a challenge, but the man in black waved away the appeals, before Kashket saw another chance blocked at point blank range.

Kashket was involved again before the break, meeting Allsop’s long punt with a sublime touch on the right wing before drifting in and unleashing a drive which took a nick onto the bar, and then saw the ball squirm agonisingly wide following a challenge with the keeper from Akinfenwa’s flick-on.

All this action came before the half-time whistle – a sound which came as a relief to the hosts – who’d been dominated by their opponents, and were lucky to be level, though Ian Henderson did have a sight of goal when sidefooting a Done cross over the bar in stoppage time.

The hosts began the brighter of the two sides in the first 10 minutes of the second half, forcing a couple of set pieces, but back came the Wanderers with two big chances. First, Akinfenwa held off his man and poked towards the near post, being denied by the keeper’s outstretched left leg, and then Alex Samuel was sent free but saw his shot cleared off the line by a covering defender after taking the ball round the keeper.

Nick Freeman had a header saved before Dale made their second enforced change, bringing on forward Rekeil Pyke for injured defender Kgosi Ntlhe, which prompted a tactical reshuffle from the home side.

Wycombe’s first substitution saw Paris Cowan-Hall replace Scott Kashket, who’d had a quieter second half than the first, while there’s also Monday’s visit of Walsall to Adams Park to keep in mind.

Rochdale had come into the game on good form since Brian Barry-Murphy’s appointment as manager and their crowd summoned belief as the game wore on, spurring their side on to raise their game in the final 20 minutes. Curtis Thompson blocked a dangerous chance at the back post, before the breakthrough came with 12 minutes left on the clock.

Firstly Ryan Allsop made a vital block with his legs as the hosts overloaded Wycombe on one side of the box, but the chance stayed alive and a deep cross was headed goalwards, denied by a combination of Allsop’s fingertips and crossbar. Another effort was cleared off the line but Ian Henderson was on hand to force it home from close range.

Calvin Andrew came off the bench to add extra height to the home defence when defending set pieces, and they saw the game out – but only just, with Wanderers being denied by some last ditch defending in the box after applying late pressure, and Sido Jombati saw a shot squirm agonisingly wide with virtually the last kick.

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale: Rochdale (A, 19/04)

Book now for the Good Friday match at the Crown Oil Arena.

1 April 2019

Tickets are now on sale for the Sky Bet League One match at Rochdale on Good Friday (19th April), kicking off at 3pm.

Wanderers have received an initial allocation of 500 tickets in the Willbutts Lane Stand (unreserved seating), plus an additional seven pairs of wheelchair and carer tickets.

Prices are as follows.

Adults: £22
Seniors: £16
Young Adults: £16
Wheelchair users: £16 (carer goes free)
Juniors: £5
Under 2s: Free

Seniors are classed as ages 65+, young adults are ages 17-21, and juniors are aged 16 and under. Tickets for under 2s must be purchased with a paying adult or concession. Please note there is no student concession on offer.

Tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the game, at no extra cost.

To buy, head online to tickets.wwfc.com, call the Adams Park ticket office on 01494 441118, or visit the shop at Adams Park from 10am to 5pm on weekdays (excluding Wednesdays). Tickets can also be purchased on home matchdays from Ticket Office 1 from 10am. Advance sales will end at 1pm on Thursday 18th April.

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before 1pm on Thursday 18th April, or from Rochdale's stadium on the day of the game from 1.30pm.

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