Rochdale AFC manager Keith Hill has called for greater maturity from his side next season after their faint playoff hopes slipped away with a 3-2 defeat to MK Dons at Spotland on Saturday.
Calvin Andrew’s header pinched a 1-0 victory for Rochdale at Spotland on Monday afternoon, consigning Port Vale to their sixth straight defeat and elevating the home side to just four points off the playoffs with a game in hand.
Goals from Rhys Bennett and Jack O’Connell gave Rochdale a 2-1 victory over Yeovil Town on Saturday to put Keith Hill’s men sixth in League One with a game in hand on their closest rivals, only increasing the expectation of promotion surrounding the club.
Goals from Harry Beautyman and Christian Burgess shot The Posh into an early lead which Dale were unable to claw back, despite Joe Rafferty registering the first league goal of his career.
Despite being watched by an average crowd of just less than 3,500 this season, Rochdale fans have turned out in force as the club prepare to take on top-flight opposition for the first time in 10 years.
Two goals either side of half time were enough for Preston North End to see off fellow League One outfit Rochdale at Spotland for a comfortable 2-0 win in the first round of the competition.
Preston will play Rochdale in an all League One clash at Spotland in the first round on Tuesday after the pair began their league campaigns with a draw and a defeat respectively.
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