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Opposition Eye: Rochdale

9 January 2016

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Chesterfield take on Rochdale in their first away game under Danny Wilson on Saturday, as they look to make it three unbeaten in the league, here's how the Dale see things.

The two sides have already met twice this season, with the first a 0-0 draw at the Proact stadium. The second encounter was in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy when Rochdale ran out 2-1 winners. 

The last meeting back in October saw three goals at a rain-drenched Spotland. Scott Tanser got things going for Rochdale, but defender Ashley Eastham slotted the ball into his own net to give the Spireites an equaliser. However, a minute later and Lewis Alessandra gave Rochdale the lead and sent them into the next round. 

Dale assistant manager Chris Beech told Dale PlayerHD he is expecting a nervy game as two in-form teams lock horns at Spotland. 

“We’re playing against a team this weekend that have had an emphatic win, beating Shrewsbury 7-1. We saw out here against Shrewsbury when we went 3-0 up and they got back into the game that they had some good players and played some good football. 

"Chesterfield have backed it up by a previous draw against Coventry, so they’ve started very well under the new manager. He (Danny Wilson) is a very experienced manager and I’m sure they’ll be doing their homework on us, but we’re really looking forward to playing them here at home.” 

Last time out for Rochdale, they beat promotion-chasing Walsall at the Banks’s stadium 3-0, and Beech is hoping they can carry on their good form. 

“What’s in front of us is a team that’s looking to get on the up. We know we’re going to have to be at our best and we’ll look to progress this week to make sure we beat for Saturday. We’ll have the lads out there giving everything they’ve got.”

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