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The factfile: Rochdale

18 February 2014

Al you need to know about Tuesday's opponents.

LAST RESULT: Rochdale 2-1 Morecambe, Sky Bet League 2, Saturday 15th February

FORM (LAST TEN GAMES): Won: 6, Drawn: 2, Lost: 2

Fourth placed Rochdale are one of the division’s form teams, with six wins from ten games, with only two defeats.

As well as being in winning form of late, Dale have also kept five clean sheets – only second placed Scunthorpe United have kept more in the same period.

Following Saturday’s home win over Morecambe, Rochdale will be looking to win their third successive game when the Brewers visit.

THE GAFFER – KEITH HILL

Currently in his second spell at Spotland, Keith Hill is something of a Rochdale stalwart, having played for the club well over 100 times during the 1990s.

Starting his playing career at Blackburn Rovers, Hill made 96 appearances for the Ewood Park club, before moving on to notably play for Plymouth Argyle and Rochdale. 

Hill finished his career in 2003 at Morecambe, and took over as Rochdale manager in 2006, guiding them to their first promotion in over 40 years in 2010. 

In 2011, Hill moved on to Barnsley, but left in December 2012 before returning to Spotland in January 2013, hoping to secure another promotion to League One.

HEAD TO HEAD:
Rochdale wins: 1
Draws: 1
Burton Albion wins: 5

LAST TIME WE MET: 
Saturday 10th August 2013, Sky Bet League 2, Pirelli Stadium
Burton Albion 1-0 Rochdale

The Brewers ensured three points in their first home game of the season with a solid 1-0 win over Rochdale.

Having earned a point away at Cheltenham a week before, Albion’s unbeaten start to the campaign continued through an Olly Lancashire own goal just before half-time.

Dale had to play over 80 minutes with ten men, with Peter Cavanagh being sent off after only seven minutes to give Rochdale an even bigger task.

ONE TO WATCH – SCOTT HOGAN

Aged 21 and plucked from non-league football, Scott Hogan has been something of a Rochdale revelation since joining in the summer.

With 16 goals to his name in all competitions this season, Hogan is likely to be the main threat as Rochdale go in search of a top-three berth.

Hogan initially started his career at Spotland, failing to make an appearance before turning out for the likes of Woodley Sports, FC Halifax Town, Mossley, Stocksbridge P S, Ashton United and Hyde before making the move back in the summer.

Since then, he has become one of the division’s leading scorers, famously scoring in the side’s FA Cup third round win at home to Leeds United.

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