MATCH PREVIEW: Rochdale v Bristol Rovers

GasCast Match Previews by Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers head to Greater Manchester to play Rochdale hoping to bounce back from their first defeat in five matches.

Rovers had beaten Northampton, Lincoln and Shrewsbury, drawing with Burton in between but came unstuck at home to promotion favourites Hull City on Tuesday night.

The Gas took the lead inside the first two minutes through in form striker James Daly but three goals in the second half by the Tigers meant they left the Memorial Stadium with all three points.

It was Daly’s third goal in four matches and the former Crystal Palace man has spoken of how persistence in the side’s pressing game is paying off.

“That’s the thing, you’ve just got to keep at it, sometimes it won’t happen but as long as you stay consistent with the pressing, you’re going to get chances and their defenders are going to make errors,” Daly told Bristol Live.

“We’ve got to keep doing it as a whole team collectively, because when we do it right no team are able to play through us.

“As a striker, scoring goals is my job at the end of the day. It was nice to get a goal but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to get the win today.”

There’s no further injury news from The Gas, however manager Ben Garner may opt to make one or two changes to the side that lost on Tuesday night.

Rochdale go into the game looking to build on an impressive performance at home to Sunderland last time out.

Dale twice pegged promotion chasing Sunderland back, with former Rovers loanee Matty Lund grabbing both goals in the 2-2 draw and manager Brian Barry-Murphy was very impressed with his side’s performance against one of the biggest sides in League One.

“I thought it was a brilliant game – I thought it we were exceptional in the first half,” he told the club’s website.

“It felt like a rip-roaring affair which is hard to say when there are no supporters in, because you can’t get a real flow of the game. But I thought we were brilliant and I thought we could have scored any amount of goals in the first half.

“We were a dominant force, so to come back both times when they [the Sunderland goals] were significant blows, because we didn’t see them coming, was testament to the lads’ character.”

Tuesday’s draw means that Dale have now picked up seven points from a possible nine and although the home side will be without Paul McShane through injury, as well long-term absentees Kwadwo Baah and Stephen Humphrys, they will be hoping to make it 10 out of a possible 12.

Lineup Predictions:

Score Predictions:

Max: Rochdale 0-0 The Gas

Sam: Rochdale 1-2 The Gas

Simon: Rochdale 1-1 The Gas

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