PREDICTED 11 VS ROCHDALE



The lads go to Spotland after a thoroughly disappointing performance against Portsmouth. Who will start against the Dale?

GK: Lee Burge. Despite losing his clean sheet record, the ‘keeper pulled off a few good saves and is clearly Parkinson’s number one.

RWB: Lyndon Gooch. Luke O’Nien’s suspension means that Gooch or McLaughlin are the only options here, and it’s likely that Gooch will retain his place. Against a poor Rochdale team, he might have more of a licence to attack which he clearly does better than Conor McLaughlin.

CB: Jordan Willis. One of the many who weren’t at their best on Saturday, Willis will presumably have less defensive work to do in tonight’s game.

CB: Bailey Wright. Wright was again a standout player against Pompey and is un-droppable right now. He manages to hold defences together and has such a presence about him that helps the other defenders through games.

CB: Tom Flanagan. The Northern Irishman will be a welcome addition to the defence, returning to the solid back three that started the season so well. His experience can help Hume defensively more than O’Nien did.

LWB: Denver Hume. Against Portsmouth, Hume’s directness stood out like a sore thumb as he looked a cut above the rest of the team. Callum McFadzean most likely won’t feature too heavily this season, so Denver is a guarantee at left back.

CM: Josh Scowen. Grant Leadbitter looked tired against Portsmouth and Parkinson may use this fixture to rotate the midfield and rest some legs against lower quality opposition.

CM: Max Power. Power has seemed like a spare part in recent weeks, but if the system changes to a midfield two he could have a more prominent role on the pitch with his tenacity and pressing.

CAM: Chris Maguire. Maguire’s best position isn’t the free role next to Wyke. In a deeper position he can contribute more creatively and get on the ball more often as he loves to do.

ST: Charlie Wyke. To be fair to Wyke, he’s been getting into some good positions in recent weeks and will be full of confidence after another goal. Rochdale like to play out from the back, so his relentless pressing will be a useful tool in winning back possession.

ST: Danny Graham. As good as Wyke has been, we need a bit more physicality next to him. Graham has the experience at a higher level and could help massively in bringing more goals to the side.


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