Rochdale v Oxford Utd preview
Team news ahead of Tuesday night’s League Two clash between
Rochdale and Oxford United at Spotland.
Rochdale boss John Coleman is once again set to be without Craig
Curran and Ray Putterill.
Forward Curran serves the final game of a three-match ban for
his red card in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash with Bury, while
Putterill is doubtful with the groin problem that has ruled him out
of Dale’s last two matches.
Coleman suggested a tactical reshuffle could be in the offing on
his side’s return to Spotland following the 3-1 weekend loss at
“You start with self-analysis,” he said. “I have got to look at
where I could have done better – whether I could have done better
with my team selection, whether I could have done better with my
Reece Gray (broken leg) and Matt Edwards (wrist) remain
Oxford captain Jake Wright returns from suspension and he
rejoins a side that are on a high after a 5-0 victory over
Accrington on Saturday.
The 26-year-old’s fifth yellow card of the season, picked up
during his 100th game for the U’s at Port Vale, meant he had to
watch the impressive win from the stands.
Striker James Constable was given the captain’s armband in
Wright’s absence and, while strike partner Tom Craddock grabbed the
plaudits with his four goals, Constable was described as “back to
his best” by manager Chris Wilder.
“If I was Tom Craddock I would be shaking Constable’s hand
because I thought his game was superb and he deserved a goal,” he
told the club’s official website. “He played a major part in us
getting the result.”
Meanwhile, left-back Tony Capaldi will have his ankle injury
assessed before kick-off.