Jimmy Bell backs Rochdale to win against ‘very beatable’ League Two high-flyers Cheltenham Town

By Oliver Rhodes

Rochdale assistant manager Jimmy Bell insists the club has the ability to match Cheltenham Town in the Friday night fixture at Spotland.

The Dale aim to end their four-game losing streak, but thwarting Cheltenham may prove difficult with the Robins flying high in League Two.

Bell said Mark Yates’ team can be beaten, but also believed Rochdale need to score since their defensive problems can lead to them conceding.

“They are a very good team, but they are very beatable,” Bell told the club website.

“Looking at their away record, especially, they concede a lot of goals – I am convinced we will score against them.

“I am not convinced we will keep them out, but it is something we will strive for.”

Doubts surround the availability of Bobby Grant after the striker missed the loss to Aldershot Town due to a shoulder problem.

Terry Gornell is still ruled out as he serves the second game of his three-match suspension after his dismissal against Exeter City.

Despite recent criticism for manager John Coleman and on-field performances, Bell stressed form was temporary and said greater determination would help to turn the tables.

“Within the space of three or four games, it has turned fully on its head and there is a lot of negativity around the place,” Bell added.

“It is a bad run, but I think that is all it is.

“We need a little bit more hard work and endeavour from everyone at the club to turn it around.”

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