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FA Cup Replays – Who can cause an upset?

An enthralling game is in store for those in North London tonight where Tottenham host Championship competition of Middlesbrough. The inform tier two side may be concentrating on reaching a vital 40 points in the league, but there is no doubt the northern side will put on a valiant effort to progress into the next round. With this weeks news of Harry Kane’s absence till April, Mourinho has interesting squad decisions to make, and the strength of tonight’s team will surely have in mind their distance from a European spot for next season. The FA Cup may the silverware they strive for in Mourinho’s inaugural season as Tottenham manager.

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Kane out until April: Jose admits that without him, they cannot play the ‘Tottenham way’.

Another Premier League team with potential to fall with an upset are Newcastle United, who take on League one Rochdale at St James’s Park. The original fixture saw Rochdale bite back in the latter stages of the game with a goal made by two players aged two decades apart. Youngster Luke Matheson, who made his name when he equalised against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup earlier last year, grabbed the assist which booked Dale’s replay on Tyneside. An already classic FA Cup story, it seems written for Rochdale to go all the way, but will Premier League quality become too much and halt their FA Cup story?

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40 year-old Aaron Wilbraham scored the equaliser at The Spotland Stadium

Nigel Pearson has seemed to flip Watford’s Premier League fate on it’s head as after this weekend they sit above the relegation places for the first time season. However, his team were not as focussed as they conceded three second half goals to draw with Tranmere Rovers on the 4th January. A heroic display from the struggling League One display confirmed a replay which neither side would have desired at kick off, but one that could bring joy to the one set of fans, who have perhaps endured a poor season so far.

With current form, it would be suggested Watford would progress to the next round, but Pearson may rest his usual players for a tricky London derby against Tottenham on Saturday, as they continue to try secure Premier League status for next season. On the other hand, the Merseyside club will be hopeful for more FA Cup magic in the replay and may see a strong team out to finish a job they so excellently accounted for in the original fixture. Similarly to Watford in managerial terms, it will be argued the priority should be on Tranmere too escaping their relegation zone position.

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Watford must be delighted with Pearson’s impact so far, but what will his attentions be for The FA Cup

Carabao Cup: Round One Draw Announced

The Carabao Cup Round One draw was made on Thursday evening from Morrisons, Colindale, North West London.

There were two stand out ties from the draw with AFC Wimbledon playing MK Dons, while newly-promoted Salford City will face Leeds United.

The draw was conducted by two former England internationals in John Barnes and Ray Parlour and was split into two regions – North and South.

Huddersfield Town, the hightest-ranked team in the Northern Section, will face Lincoln City while the highest ranked Southern side, West Bromwich Albion, will face Millwall.

Every club from Sky Bet League One and League Two enter the Carabao Cup in Round One, along with 22 Championship clubs.

Only Cardiff City and Fulham – who finished 18th and 19th respectively in the Premier League last season, will enter in Round Two, alongside the clubs from the Premier League, not in European competitions.

The first round matches are scheduled to take place week commencing Monday 12thAugust, with the final due to take place on March 1, 2020.

Full Round One Draw can be seen below:

North Draw

Tranmere Rovers v Hull City

Grimsby Town v Doncaster Rovers

Wigan Athletic v Stoke City

Port Vale v Burton Albion

Nottingham Forest v Fleetwood Town

Bradford City v Preston North End

Blackpool v Macclesfield Town

Blackburn Rovers v Oldham Athletic

Mansfield Town v Morecambe

Accrington Stanley v Sunderland

Scunthorpe United v Derby County

Rochdale v Bolton Wanderers

Huddersfield Town v Lincoln City

Middlesbrough v Crewe Alexandra

Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United

Sheffield Wednesday v Bury

Salford City v Leeds United

Barnsley v Carlisle United

South Draw

Colchester United v Swindon Town

AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons

Oxford United v Peterborough United

Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City

Plymouth Argyle v Leyton Orient

Wycombe Wanderers v Reading

Charlton Athletic v Forest Green Rovers

Gillingham v Newport County

Stevenage v Southend United

Luton Town v Ipswich Town

Walsall v Crawley Town

Bristol Rovers v Cheltenham Town

Brentford v Cambridge United

Coventry City v Exeter City

Swansea City v Northampton Town

Memory lane for Rochdale fans

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

League One: 11 Teams & an 8 point battle

As we near the business end of the season in the English Football League One, there are 11 teams, seperated by just 8 points.

8 points might not sound a lot given the previous relegation history of this league, but this has been no ordinary season in this league.

It has given us everything including drama, unexpected results, upturns in form, managerial changes, some good some bad and some just inspired.

From Bristol Rovers in 13th Position on 44 points, down to Bradford City, who this week took over from AFC Wimbledon as the strong men of the division, on 36 points, it could be said that none of the teams from 13th, down to 20th are considered safe, by any stretch.

Bristol Rovers, Scunthorpe , AFC Wimbledon, Rochdale and Bradford, among these teams have changed managers this term, with Bradford and Rochdale , being the latest to change, though it could be said, that in Bradford’s case, the appointment of Gary Bowyer, is their 4th Managerial change this season, with history not favoring relegated teams who change manager more than once.

Bristol Rovers and AFC Wimbledon, appointed managers who have fresh innovative ideas and this has been reflected in these two clubs upturn in form, both previous occupants of the bottom slot, Rovers now occupy 13th, with AFC Wimbledon sitting in 22nd position and just 3 points away from the teams directly above them.

In fact a win at home to Gillingham on Saturday, would potentially see the ‘Dons climb out of the bottom 4, which would represent a total turn around in fortunes.

Previous seasons have seen 50 points being the safety mark to avoid relegation, but given the unpredictable nature of results this season, and with just 8 games to go, it is quite conceivable that less than 50 points will be enough this season?

Either way, it promises to be a very exciting and potentially nerve-wracking end to an incredible season.

Who do you think will survive this season ?

Three Managers who could replace Keith Hill at Spotland.

This morning Rochdale announced the departure of manager Keith Hill after the Club had lost 9 of its last 11 league games. Hill had been Rochdale’s longest-serving manager this century and had been with the Dale since January 2013. However, Hill’s time at the Spotland came to an end with Rochdale languishing in 22nd place and 5 points from safety. Under Hill, Rochdale have won two promotions from League 2, one in 2010 in Hill’s first spell and a second promotion from League 2 again in 2014.

However, with Hill’s dismissal, Rochdale needs to find a new manager to guide the club away from relegation and with only 11 games to do so, it’s a hard task for any manager.

So with the tremendous test ahead of the new manager, who are potential candidates to take the Rochdale hot seat?

Paul Hurst
Paul Hurst is the current bookmakers favourite at the time of writing and has been out of work since he was dismissed at Portman Road back in October. The Sheffield born manager has had a prominent rise over the past decade with his first job being the joint manager of Ilkeston town. Since then, the former left-back has managed Boston United where Hurst achieved promotion to Conference North and the Lincolnshire senior shield cup in his first season. Hurst would later resign from Boston in 2011 to join fellow Lincolnshire-based side Grimsby. Hurst spent five years at the Mariners achieving promotion back to the football league in 2016 via the playoffs. Hurst remained in charge of Grimsby till October of 2016 before moving to League One Shrewsbury Town. Hurst guided the Shrews off the bottom of the table and finished the campaign in 18th. The following season Hurst guided Shrewsbury to a playoff place and the Checkatrade trophy final before losing out to Lincoln. After a successful season with the Shrews, Hurst was hired as Mick McCarthy’s replacement at Ipswich Town. Hurst only managed to last 15 games at Portman road before being given the boot after only winning one game.
Hurst would be a great fit for Rochdale with the 44-year-old already having previous experiences of working on a tight budget both at Ipswich and Shrewsbury. Hurst also guided Shrewsbury out of the mire back in 2017 and could do the same again with the Dale.

2. Steve Evans

Steve Evans is another name being thrown

into the ring to be the next Rochdale manager with the Scot being out of work since January. Evans, who has won six promotions during his managerial career, was recently dismissed by Peterborough United after a poor run of form which saw the Posh fail to win three games and lose to fellow promotion contenders Luton (4-0) and Portsmouth (1-0). Evans’ most successful spell was with Yorkshire-based side Rotherham where the former Glaswegian striker achieved back-to-back promotions from League 2 and 1. Evans guided the Millers to England’s second tier for the first time since 2005. Evans would later go on to manage Leeds for half a season before moving to Nottinghamshire-based side Mansfield town in 2016. At the Stags, Evans would guide the club to a 5th placed spot by February, however, would bizarrely resign with the Glaswegian claiming he wanted to go to China. Mansfield accepted Evans’ resignation and stated that “ No individual is bigger than the club”. A day later Evans would join League One side Peterborough United and not the Chinese super league.
With Evans achieving 6 promotions in his career it’s a no brainer to appoint him right? At his last two clubs, Evans has overspent and failed to achieve the targets that were set for him. Furthermore, critics and fans would also be quick to point out his lack of loyalty with the Mansfield resignation saga.

3. Darrell Clarke

The third and final manager on this list to replace Keith Hill is former Bristol Rovers, Darrell Clarke. Clarke has managed over 400 games as a manager and has built a strong reputation as an astute football manager and will be looking to get back into the game after being dismissed by Bristol Rovers in December 2018. Clark started out his managerial career with Salisbury City where the former winger started life as a player Manager. The Mansfield-born manager went on to achieve two promotions with the Whites before leaving in 2013 to become assistant manager at Bristol Rovers. Clarke wouldn’t become full-time Manager till March 2014 and saw the Gas relegated to the Conference following a 1-0 defeat to Mansfield on the final day of the season. Clarke remained in charge the following season and returned Bristol Rovers back to the Football league on the first time of asking. The following season, Clarke would achieve consecutive promotions with the club as the former winger guided Bristol to a third-place finish in League 2. Clarke would continue to impress at Bristol Rovers finishing 10th and 13th place in League One. However, Clarke left the club in 2019 after a run of 7 defeats in their last ten games.
Clarke would be an excellent choice for the Dale, as the Manager has shown his determination and loyalty at Bristol Rovers whilst working with constraints. Clarke also holds the highest FA coaching badge a level 5 UEFA pro.

Rochdale fans, who do you want to see as your new Manager?

Written By Tom Langford

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