Rochdale v Wrexham
Location: Spotland Stadium
Competition: Emirates FA Cup
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Wrexham and Rochdale will need to settle who goes through to face Boston United in the second round of this years Emirates FA Cup during Tuesday nights replay.
Since the two sides drew 0-0 on the 10th of November to make this replay necessary Wrexham have been in action once, in the SPFL Challenge Cup, although it was a squad that consisted of nine players from our Under 18's and eight players who have not been involved in a first team game for at least three weeks. This side lost out 2-0 at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon where it was apparent that manager Dean Keates had his eyes set on preserving other players for this replay against Rochdale.
Rochdale have been in action away from home twice since the last time we met. First on Tuesday evening they beat Bradford City in the group stage of the EFL Trophy with former red Rekeil Pyke and Fabio Tavares on the scoresheet. It was back to League One action for Dale on Saturday afternoon when they travelled to Coventry City and lost 2-1. Ian Henderson gave Rochdale the lead in the 28th minute but strikes from Jordan Shipley and Liam Walsh in the 42nd and 72nd minutes gave City the three points.
There were a number of Wrexham players who stood out in the previous encounter against Rochdale but Mark Carrington pipped them to gain the media team's Man of the Match. Carrington came in to the side at right-back after James Horsfield picked up a serious enough injury to keep him out of the starting eleven. The ever reliable utility-man put in a very good performance for the side and will be looking to continue in the same vein on Tuesday night at Spotland.
Rochdale have the current League One player of the month in their ranks, Ian Henderson. Although Henderson was kept quiet at the Racecourse last Sunday the vastly experienced 34-year-old frontman has scored 101 goals for Dale, including the six he has scored in the last five games. The dangerman scored on Saturday during the defeat at Coventry and will be looking to add to his tally should he line up against the Dragons on Tuesday evening.
Prior to last Sunday, the last competitive meeting between the sides was on Boxing Day of 2007, where the Dale ran out 2-0 winners at the Racecourse Ground. Glenn Murray - who'd go on to find Premier League fame - opened the scoring on seven minutes before Lee McEvilly haunted his former side to make it 2-0. Our last trip to Spotland was earlier on in December 2007 ending 0-0.
Also prior to last Sunday, our last FA Cup meeting occurred 20 years ago this month in November 1999 as Neil Roberts and Craig Faulconbridge brushed the Dale aside at the Cae Ras. This will be the eighth FA Cup meeting between the sides having done so in 2019, '99, 1997, 1987, 1986, 1961 and 1934. Out of the previous six ties to Sunday's draw, all of them had been decided during the initial game, with Wrexham winning every one of them.
It is expected that manager Dean Keates will revert to the squad of players that faced off against Rochdale last Sunday, meaning that none of the starting eleven versus Rangers Colts will feature from the off at Spotland. Of these players, only Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, Devonte Redmond, Michael Chambers, Christian Dibble, Jason Oswell and Leighton McIntosh were involved and they were all unused substitutes against the Dale.
Mark Harris will be unavailable due to being away on Wales Under 21 dutues while centre-half Manny Smith remains sidelined with a long term injury. James Horsfield picked up an injury against Bromley although his loan period at the Racecourse has expired. Adam Barton has had key-hole surgery on floating debris in his knee.
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