Rochdale have a habit of rescuing themselves from an unlikely position over the past few seasons in League One, and we at 24/7 football believe this kick has come again.
Currently Rochdale sit above the relegation zone by one point, cutting it close, but something in the season always seems to trigger Rochdale going from second bottom to a real chance of survival, we have picked out a moment one from last Season which we believe saw the turn around of the Dale to stay up last season.
2017/18 – FA Cup 2-2 draw at hone vs Tottenham.
Rochdale were near the relegation zone but had a really good cup run reaching the fourth round. Every single side in the football league wants to be drawn against a top six side in the premier league and the further in the competition you go, the more of a chance you getting of facing a bigger team. Rochdale had just beat championship side Millwall in a return home leg 1-0 win. And they were drawn against Tottenham Hotspur. After league form which showed signs of potential but not the finished article with other teams turning Rochdale over, this was a massive chance to boost morale and show off who they were. And they did indeed taking the lead with a perfectly executed shot from Ian Henderson. Spurs pulled two goals back then from Lucas Moura making his debut after moving from PSG, and a substitute appearance from Harry Kane somas him slot home his penalty leaving Rochdale 2-1 down with 8 minutes to go. However up stepped Steve Davis with a brilliant ball from the right with Tottenham unable to get a head on the ball, Davis controlled and stuck it in the back of the net to the delight of the Spotland crowd.
On came a trip to Wembley for the Dale. The fairytale journey didn’t last unfortunately however playing admirably on a snowy Wembley pitch and taking the lead, Rochdale showed true character which they carried through into the run in of the 17/18 season. Playing there final game against Charlton which saw club hero Joe Thompson who has recovered from cancer twice came on as a sub and score the winning goal to keep Rochdale up, sending the fans into ecstasy, and bitter sweetly, sent neighbours Oldham down to League Two.
Can Rochdale have a last gasp survival run in again?
Written by Sean Murphy