PREVIEW: Rochdale (A)

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Orient look to make it four wins in a row as they travel to Rochdale.

THE DALE

Former Middlesbrough defender, Robbie Stockdale was handed his first permanent managerial role this summer with Rochdale AFC. It wasn’t the best start to life in management for Stockdale as the Dale failed to win any of their opening three league games against Harrogate, Scunthorpe and Forest Green. The club did register their first win since relegation after that run, when they beat Northampton. That sparked some momentum as Stockdale’s side picked up a point at home to Colchester before back-to-back wins against Port Vale and Tranmere.

A draw followed that against Mansfield Town which started another poor run of results. Oldham, Bradford and Crawley secured wins over the Dale while Swindon and Salford settled for a point hosting the Greater Manchester side. Rochdale then bounced back with wins over Sutton and Barrow before heading into the FA Cup first round against National League side Notts County. The Magpies earned a replay at Meadow Lane after holding Rochdale to a 1-1 draw. Rochdale sit three points outside the play-off places going into Saturday’s game against the O’s.

KEY PLAYER

Jake Beesley has been Rochdale’s star player this season having scored four goals and getting one assist in the league this season. The 24-year-old looks set to beat his tally of six goals from last season for the Dale. Beesley started his career at Chesterfield before making the move to Salford City. The Englishman made his name when he went out on loan to Bradford Park Avenue in the National League North. The striker scored an incredible 21 goals in just 13 league appearances for the Yorkshire side.

That earned him a loan move to National League level with Solihull Moors. Beesley couldn’t replicate his Bradford Park Avenue form having scored only four goals in 23 National League appearances for the Moors. Despite that the youngster got a permanent move to League One with Rochdale and played 27 times in League One for the Dale but sadly his goals could not keep the Greater Manchester club in the division.

KENNY JACKETT

Kenny Jackett reflects on this week’s cup results against Ebbsfleet and Charlton and looks forward to a tough test away at Rochdale.

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Anthony Backhouse

Assistants: Ollie Williams and Danny Gratton

Fourth Official: Ravel Cheosiaua

Backhouse has been in charge of 15 games this season across league one and two, showing 54 yellow cards.

Backhouse last took charge of a game involving Orient last season when the O’s drew 2-2 away at Harrogate Town. The official showed three yellow cards that day, two of them being shown to Orient players.

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