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RUFC - Head-to-Head v Rochdale

RUFC - Head-to-Head v Rochdale

Last time out was on December 8th 2007, and Rochdale won at Millmoor for the second League game on the trot, following a 22 game unbeaten run for the Millers at home against Dale stretching back to 1931.
The visitors only took 5 minutes to find the net when Adam Le Fondre found Gary Jones on the edge of the area, and Jones stroked it past Andy Warrington to open the scoring.

Two minutes later, provider turned scorer, when a cross from Tom Kennedy was nudged on to Le Fondre from Glenn Murray and he doubled Dale's lead.
The Millers had come into this game on the back of 7 straight League wins which had took us from 10th to 3rd in League two, but the Rotherham fans among the 3,808 crowd were rocked by this opening salvo from the visitors.
However, just 8 minutes later after a kick up the nether regions from boss Mark Robins and the Millers were level.

A Mark Hudson corner was hit goalwards on 14 minutes by Pablo Mills and centre-half, Ian Sharps was on hand at the far post to halve the deficit.

60 seconds later and the teams were level when Derek Holmes gained possession after a break from Stephen Brogan and Chris O'Grady, and the big Scotsmen drilled home with a sweet left foot shot.

First Millers scorer Sharps cleared a Le Fondre effort off the line 9 minutes before the break, but a pulsating first half was brought to an end with the scores standing at 2-2.

Unfortunately for the Millers, Rochdale caught them out at the start of the second half, and on 48 minutes Dale regained the lead as Glenn Murray headed a Kallum Higginbotham corner in off the underside of the bar to make it 3-2 to the men from Lancashire.

Substitute Marc Newsham missed the chance to put Rotherham level again as he struck a clear chance wide.

In stoppage time, Rochdale made the 3 points theirs, as Lee McEvilly made no mistake despite the ball trickling agonisingly over the line to end Rotherham's best run of the season.The Millers dropped down to 5th as a result of this defeat, while Rochdale climbed from 10th to 8th, just outside the play-off spots.

Rotherham United
1 Warrington
5 Sharps
12 Joseph (Tonge 74)
11 Brogan
6 Coughlan
4 Harrison
25 Mills (Todd 69)
8 Holmes, P
10 Hudson
15 O'Grady
9 Holmes, D (Newsham 63)
27 Annerson
3 Hurst
2 Tonge
7 Todd
17 Newsham

21 Russell
23 McArdle
2 Ramsden
3 Kennedy
4 Stanton (Holness 46)
18 Higginbotham
8 Jones
11 Rundle
5 Doolan (Crooks 13)
10 Le Fondre (McEvilly 86)
17 Murray
13 Rigby
31 Holness
27 Prendergast
6 Crooks
19 McEvilly

The Millers last win over Rochdale on home soil, came 5 meetings ago on Saturday 11th April 1992.
Rotherham were looking to get back to winning ways after a run of 6 League wins running had been halted the previous week by a 1-0 loss at Hereford.
The Millers sat in 4th place in the 4th division promotion race, while Rochdale were just 1 place and 2 points behind us.
Goals either side of the break from the 2 Shaun's, Goater and Goodwin gave the Millers the 3 points, leaving Rotherham just 1 point behind Mansfield and Blackpool in 2nd and 3rd automatic promotion spots and it gave us a 5 point advantage over Rochdale in 5th.
Manager, Phil Henson had this to say after the game.
'An excellent result was reward for a controlled, professional performance and a win which no-one would argue about on the overall balance of play.
It was one of those afternoons which began with the teams so close together and neither really being able to afford a defeat.
The all-round play was good and it was pleasing to see the size of the gate (5,086) and the way the crowd really got behind the team'
This was the start of a 5 game unbeaten run which took the Millers up to division 2 in 2nd automatic promotion place.

Rotherham United
1. Billy Mercer
2. Billy Russell
3. Chris Hutchings
4. Neil Richardson
5. Nigel Johnson
6. Nicky Law
7. Shaun Goodwin
8. Dean Barrick
9. Shaun Goater
10. Jon Howard
11. Des Hazel

1. Kevin Rose
2. Jimmy Graham
3. Barry Cowdrill
4. Malcolm Brown (Stiles)
5. Alan Reeves
6. Mark Payne
7. Andy Milner
8. Mark Leonard
9. Andy Flounders
10. John Bowden (Whitehall)
11. John Ryan
12. Steve Whitehall
14. John Stiles

Total Record v Rochdale

Home....P 32 W 19 D 7 L 6 GOALS 85-40
Away....P 32 W 11 D 6 L 15 GOALS 40-49
Cups....P 4 W 2 D 1 L 1 GOALS 9-5
Total...P 68 W 32 D 14 L 22 GOALS 134-94

League Results
English League Two
24.03.2008 Rochdale 4-1 Rotherham United
08.12.2007 Rotherham United 2-4 Rochdale

English Division Three
26.02.2000 Rochdale 0-1 Rotherham United
18.09.1999 Rotherham United 0-1 Rochdale
10.04.1999 Rochdale 0-0 Rotherham United
20.10.1998 Rotherham United 2-2 Rochdale
25.04.1998 Rotherham United 2-2 Rochdale
25.10.1997 Rochdale 0-1 Rotherham United

English Division Four (old)
11.04.1992 Rotherham United 2-0 Rochdale
17.09.1991 Rochdale 1-1 Rotherham United
14.01.1989 Rotherham United 3-1 Rochdale
03.09.1988 Rochdale 0-2 Rotherham United
19.04.1975 Rotherham United 3-1 Rochdale
12.10.1974 Rochdale 1-2 Rotherham United

English Division Three (old)
07.04.1973 Rochdale 0-1 Rotherham United
02.12.1972 Rotherham United 0-0 Rochdale
22.04.1972 Rotherham United 5-1 Rochdale
04.12.1971 Rochdale 2-1 Rotherham United
24.04.1971 Rochdale 4-3 Rotherham United
19.09.1970 Rotherham United 5-1 Rochdale
14.04.1970 Rotherham United 3-1 Rochdale
15.09.1969 Rochdale 4-2 Rotherham United

English Division Three (North)
07.04.1951 Rotherham United 3-0 Rochdale
18.11.1950 Rochdale 0-2 Rotherham United
01.04.1950 Rochdale 1-0 Rotherham United
12.11.1949 Rotherham United 4-3 Rochdale
12.03.1949 Rochdale 2-0 Rotherham United
16.10.1948 Rotherham United 3-1 Rochdale
03.04.1948 Rochdale 1-0 Rotherham United
15.11.1947 Rotherham United 4-1 Rochdale
07.06.1947 Rotherham United 3-3 Rochdale
19.04.1947 Rochdale 1-1 Rotherham United
24.12.1938 Rochdale 0-1 Rotherham United
27.08.1938 Rotherham United 7-1 Rochdale
12.02.1938 Rotherham United 1-0 Rochdale
02.10.1937 Rochdale 2-0 Rotherham United
24.04.1937 Rochdale 1-0 Rotherham United
19.12.1936 Rotherham United 1-1 Rochdale
07.03.1936 Rotherham United 6-0 Rochdale
02.11.1935 Rochdale 1-1 Rotherham United
02.02.1935 Rochdale 1-3 Rotherham United
22.09.1934 Rotherham United 4-0 Rochdale
10.03.1934 Rotherham United 4-0 Rochdale
28.10.1933 Rochdale 0-2 Rotherham United
18.02.1933 Rochdale 2-2 Rotherham United
08.10.1932 Rotherham United 2-0 Rochdale
07.05.1932 Rochdale 1-4 Rotherham United
31.08.1931 Rotherham United 5-0 Rochdale
14.02.1931 Rotherham United 1-3 Rochdale
11.10.1930 Rochdale 6-1 Rotherham United
25.01.1930 Rotherham United 0-4 Rochdale
21.09.1929 Rochdale 1-2 Rotherham United
04.05.1929 Rotherham United 5-0 Rochdale
22.12.1928 Rochdale 2-1 Rotherham United
28.02.1928 Rochdale 2-1 Rotherham United
17.09.1927 Rotherham United 3-1 Rochdale
11.12.1926 Rotherham United 1-1 Rochdale
20.11.1926 Rochdale 2-1 Rotherham United
02.11.1925 Rotherham United 0-4 Rochdale
08.09.1925 Rochdale 2-2 Rotherham United
07.02.1925 Rochdale 4-1 Rotherham County
04.10.1924 Rotherham County 1-3 Rochdale
13.10.1923 Rochdale 1-0 Rotherham County
06.10.1923 Rotherham County 0-0 Rochdale

Cup Results
15.12.1998 r2r Rotherham United 4-0 Rochdale
05.12.1998 r2 Rochdale 0-0 Rotherham United
11.11.1995 r1 Rochdale 5-3 Rotherham United

League Cup
23.09.1964 r2 Rotherham United 2-0

Thanks to ZIPADEEDOODAH for this article

Date:Tuesday September 9 2008
Time: 8:44AM

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