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Coley out to end Dale record

Reds look to build on unbeaten run but Rochdale have proved a problem in recent years

30 December 2019

Manager John Coleman aims to kick off 2020 with a win against his former club Rochdale and keep the Reds climbing up the League One table.

Stanley are unbeaten in seven and have won their last three league games at the Wham Stadium scoring 13 goals in the process.

Rochdale are in 19th place, seven points behind Stanley, and come to the Wham Stadium on New Year's Day having lost eight of their last nine league games.

However, Dale have won their last five meetings with Coleman’s side and Stanley’s last win over Dale goes back to February 2013.

Striker Ian Henderson also has a good record against the Reds, including scoring both goals in their 2-1 win over Stanley in October.

“It has been tough playing against Rochdale lately,” said the Reds boss.

“We have played well in our last three games against them but we haven’t got the wins and we will be hoping to buck the trend on Wednesday.

“I have got a lot of time for their manager Brian Barry-Murphy, he has really made a good impression on me and on football with his managerial skills. I am sure he will go onto have a fantastic managerial career.

“Rochdale have got good players and they have gone to tough places this season and had good wins so we know it will be a test for us but we will be looking to build on our recent home form.

“We have set some very high standards at the Wham Stadium with our performances, especially against Bolton and Portsmouth, and we know we have to try and adhere to them or even surpass them.”

Stanley have taken seven points out of a possible nine over the festive period.

Top scorer Colby Bishop is hoping to pass a late fitness test on his back injury.

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