Rochdale’s players will head to Accrington Stanley knowing the situation is quite a simple one for them this evening (Tuesday 9th April), win and they’ll move out of the bottom four in League One for the first time in weeks.
Thanks to a run of four games unbeaten, prior to the defeat at the hands of Sunderland on Saturday, Dale have moved to within a point of getting out of the relegation zone with a game in hand.
That game takes place tonight at the Wham Stadium against Accrington Stanley.
Their hosts head into the game needing a win themselves to all but confirm their place in League Two for next season, Stanley currently sit 17th in the table, two points above the bottom four with six games left to play.
Rochdale’s manager, Brian Barry-Murphy, says the consequences of tonight’s game won’t be lost on his players: “I try not to be fixated with the table and results is one thing but I’m sure the players will be aware of the rewards and we’re under no illusions how hard it’ll be, it’s a really good team and a great manager, we have a huge respect for them but we’re confident that we can give them enough problems to make it a competitive game.”
Earlier this season it was Rochdale who came out on top at the Crown Oil Arena, seeing off their Lancashire rivals by a single Ian Henderson goal to nil.
A repeat of that result tonight will be just fine for Brian Barry-Murphy and will see Dale out of the relegation zone.