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Match Preview: Rochdale

20 August 2012

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Overview –

Chesterfield will be looking to get their 2012/13 League Two campaign up and running, after the Spireites were welcomed back to League Two with a bump after sliding to a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of AFC Wimbledon at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Saturday. The visitors dominated the opening half an hour in glorious sunshine in Kingston-upon-Thames, but were undone by Jack Midson's strike 10 minutes before the break to succumb to defeat on the season's opening day.

Rochdale, meanwhile, were held to a goalless draw by Aidy Boothroyd's Northampton Town after suffering a thrilling 4-3 defeat against Championship side Barnsley in the Capital One Cup last Tuesday. The Dale were also relegated from League One last season along with the Spireites and John Coleman will be hoping to exact revenge after Chesterfield sent his side down at the Proact Stadium last season.

Team News –


Manager John Sheridan will once again have a fully fit squad to choose from for the visit of John Coleman's Rochdale, as the Spireites look to kick-start their League Two campaign following a disappointing defeat against AFC Wimbledon on the season's opening day.

Wide man Drew Talbot started brightly against the Dons and was unfortunate not to open the scoring on a couple of occasions, while captain Sim Hird also impressed for the visitors. Craig Westcarr, Jack Lester and Scott Boden all came off the bench in the second-half and will be jostling for a start alongside Marc Richards and Jordan Bowery after they failed to find the target at Kingsmeadow.


Dale manager John Coleman is likely to stick with the same side that were held to a goalless draw by Northampton at Spotland on Saturday, although he is faced with a trio of injury problems for the trip to the Proact Stadium.

Highly-rated youth products Reece Gray and Luke Watson are set for extended periods on the sidelines due to a broken leg and medial knee ligament damage respectively, while goalkeeper Matt Edwards is out with a damaged wrist meaning Josh Lillis to continue between the posts.

New-look strike pairing George Donnelly and Dele Adebola made their competitive debuts for Rochdale in the thrilling 4-3 extra-time defeat to Keith Hill's Barnsley in the Capital One Cup and are are likely to retain their place for Tuesday's clash.

Last Time Out –


AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Chesterfield (Midson 35)

Chesterfield (4-4-2) - Lee; Forbes, Trotman (Westcarr 69), Hird (c), Smith; Talbot, Randall, Togwell, Whitaker; Richards (Lester 80), Bowery (Boden 61).


Rochdale 0-0 Northampton Town

Rochdale (4-5-1) - Lillis; Pearson, R Edwards, P Edwards, McIntyre; Cavanagh, Kennedy; Tutte, Donnelly (Putterill 76) Grimes; Adebola. 

One to Watch -

Ashley Grimes

Spireites fans will be all to familiar with 25-year-old forward Ashley Grimes, after the Swinton-born hitman bagged a brace in the Dale's 3-2 extra-time win over Chesterfield in last season's League Cup, his first in Rochdale colours.

The former Millwall man has struggled to settle at Spotland, however, adding only another six goals to his tally in 36 appearances for the club. He began his career at Manchester United, where he spent two years at Carrington before signing for Bolton Wanderers.

Following his release from the Trotters, Grimes signed a full-time contract at Manchester City aged 16 before making four substitute appearances on loan at  Swindon Town in 2007.

He joined the Lions on a free transfer a year later, but after making just 21 appearances in three years at the New Den, Grimes joined  Lincoln City on loan. The youngster went on to score 15 goals in 27 appearances for the Imps, but despite impressing at Sincil Bank was released in 2011 when his contract expired.

Former Dale manager Steve Eyre snapped Grimes up on a two-year deal at Spotland.

Ticket Information -

Tickets for the visit of Rochdale are now on sale.

Prices for this fixture start from £18 adult, £12 concession and £8 juvenile.

online.Supporters can purchase tickets at the ticket office, by phone, 01246 488 232, or

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