Tough test: John Coleman expects in-form Morecambe to challenge Rochdale during FA Cup replay

By Oliver Rhodes

Rochdale manager John Coleman is expecting another hard-fought encounter against Morecambe in their FA Cup first round replay at Spotland.

The initial game finished 1-1 with Rochdale’s Jason Kennedy scoring a 72nd minute equaliser to keep the hopes of an FA Cup third round ‘pay day’ alive.

However, the Dale have yet to beat Morecambe this season – the Shrimps scored victory in the league – and Coleman admitted the replay will be testing.

“It is going to be another tough game,” Coleman told the official club website.

“Morecambe must be full of confidence and full of beans, because they’ve had a smashing win and scored four so it’ll make for a good game.

“There is a good prize at stake with a trip to Coventry in the second round, so we will give it our best shot and see where that takes us.”

Rochdale will be without their weekend-winning striker Bobby Grant, who picked up his fifth yellow card against Wycombe.

The League Two play-off pushers also cannot select Craig Curran following his recent one-month loan deal to Blue Square Bet North side Chester.

Plus, on-loan Terry Gornell is unavailable, which means Dele Adebola and George Donnelly are likely to form the striking partnership.

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