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smiling badger

Rochdale

Oh, dear..
Should have put some money on this, said to my dad, yesterday that we were going to slip up in this game.
The away support certainly showed that they werent happy.
smiling badger

fartcatcher

Not surprised.

Here's the goals for anyone who enjoys inflicting pain on themselves.



Shocking defending for both.

First time in 10 years we get drawn against lower division opposition  
Frazier Cranium

Their second goal was a beauty.  We were terrible all game.  But I saw Milton, so that was a highlight
sheeps

Frazier Cranium wrote:
Their second goal was a beauty.  We were terrible all game.  But I saw Milton, so that was a highlight


The game was THAT bad?
Frazier Cranium

Yep.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

I watched this on a very bad internet link - i kept falling asleep for long patches of it due to illness - wasn't i the lucky one?
Kingmaker of Lilliput

I too attended (and saw Milton, but not FC...), awful, had a rant about it elsewhere.
Late Doors

Any kids out there who think we are ever going to win a knockout competition? Forget it. I was that soldier once. Ever since that long throw sailed into our box at Wembley 1970 when we were 2-1 up and had it in the bag that certainty of impending doom i had then has remained. When Brendon dithered and Jimmy fluffed there was an excruciating assurance i was right. All through the week mdm and i have been talking of little else other than an extension of our tragic FA cup record. At least we had a decent pub to go to before the game.

The Baum is CAMRA's pub of the year and in the center of Rochdale. Myself,mdm and mg enjoyed the ale, coke and tapas , perhaps a little too much after the recent gorging season.

A full house at Spotland for this terrific little club's turn at ritual humiliation. Even the large following of whites along the entire length of the side stand were not galvanised and singing out of step. Surely our team would be a little more unified. Oh there goes that deluded hope again.

En route to the ground a Leeds fan sang "Rochdale's a shithole, i wanna go home" before laughingly declaring he lives here. Inside the ground another fan right behind us announced he is "fucking leathered" as we watched Rochdale's young team practice their finishing in front of us with worrying aplomb.

Rochdale kicked off attacking the goal to our left with our near proximity to the wing giving us the chance to see the less than confident eyes of our young heroes. Pieman arrived a minute late to take his place coincidentally in front of us his shaved head receiving a few friendly slaps. A Smith header diverted attention to the pitch and Ross was fouled picking up the knock on. As we took a very early initiative a free kick was cleared and returned over the bar before Sam made a determined forward run on the right immediately in front if us. It actually was a decent opening few minutes with Smith winning balls in the air but already the complete lack of link up play between Ross and Smith was evident.

It wasn't long though till Dale threatened, themselves winning a header to go through on goal only to be called offside as he tucked it into the net. That seemed to signal the end of the beginning as Pugh made a hash of a pass and Dale forced a corner. It was cleared but the ball came back to their winger who had acres of space and time to send a dangerous cross across the goalmouth to bring Oooohs from the home fans and worried frowns from the whites.

Ross must have thought he could hurry things along but wasted a hastily taken free kick when patience would have been the better option. Rudy was next to waste possession after doing the hard work with a woeful cross from left wing. Young Sam was next to surge following another Rochdale attack we cleared but he was fouled. The free kick was sent high to the far post and Smith won it to force a corner but it was looking more and more obvious the long ball to Smith was our only threat. We did try to press but the final ball was dreadful, this time from Murphy again after getting into a good position coming forward.

Pelts made a great tackle to block another dangerous attack before Paddy made the first of a string of saves he was called upon before spoiling it with a ill judged throw. His kicking still clearly not an option yet after his injury. Rudy put us under more pressure as the half entered its final phase and we were on the back foot. A cross from Dales right flew into the box to be met powerfully and we were 1-0 down with seconds remaining of the first half. Perhaps that would jarr us out of our lack lustre insipidness.

Half time and a visit to the loos proved lively as the smoking gang were under attack from non smokers wishing all England's diseases on them. It could have been more ugly had not the smokers simply laughed it off. Finally the police came in after the cigs were finished.

The second half started with a glimmer of purpose as we forced a corner then another but it was clear frustration was setting in on and off the pitch. Rudy delivered another poor ball straight into touch then his own touch let him and us down moments later. Ross was caught off side and I could see the whites of his eyes. He looked non plussed and it showed In his effort to keep on side just before the ball came to him.

The next spell of the game was utter garbage. Every time we tried to get momentum going a terrible final ball destroyed the intention. Everybody, Murphy, Peltier, Byram and most frequently Rudy wasted the ball. "You're so shit it's unbelievable" said the Dale Fans. It was unanimous all around that it was believable and we had all seen worse, but not a lot.

Pugh got a free kick but it was easily cleared before Ross mustered a curling effort just wide. Pearce had to make a tremendous covering tackle as Rochdale upped the anti and pressed. Certainly not content to sit back they attacked us with vision and guile. "Brian Brian give us a sub" was the chant as we tried another attack trying to walk the ball into the net. Obviously it petered out into nothing and frustration was turning to anger in some parts of the away following around us. Murphy tried a comical if it were not so serious  fall in a pathetic attempt to get a penalty before Hunt came on for Wooten. Maybe not the sub the fans wanted but it was a change.

All it seemed to do was spur Rochdale on into more attacking gusto. The put a glorious chance wide as the game approached the end phase. We looked absolutely knackered and it was Dale who put yet another chance wide that looked the most likely to score next. Two corners followed and Paddy had to tip another shot for another corner. By now it was embarrassing as we were totally outclassed. A right wing cross picked one of two unmarked Dale players on the edge of the box who slotted  it in with aplomb to make it an excellent goal and 2-0. A fan ran to us from the home end, his eyes clouded in drink and delight before he was escorted  away by the stewards.

There was just chance for Dale to force another great save from Paddy before we mustered a shot that bought a mix of laughter and anger  from the Leeds fans and the Ref put us out of our misery.


I was genuinely intrigued what the reaction would be. It started with boos, then a few claps, then more boos and suddenly all reaction increased in intensity. I'm sure you all know the script here. The clapping and "support" got ever more fervent in response to the boos and slagging before the majority got the upper hand and the net result was a pretty savage and hostile send off for the players. The player seemed to take the stick on the chin but Leeds fans being Leeds fans it wasn't going to end there. Sure enough things got ugly outside as Leeds fans squared up to each other. A few side on and cowardly punches were thrown and landed along with the customary jumping about. The coppers waded in and as per usual nicked the wrong lad whilst the culprits disappeared. All pretty sad but disappointingly familiar.

Didn't have the stomach for another pint so mdm took the wheel and we headed east over the hills home. All in all a good day out ruined once again by our heroes' utter capitulation at the hands of a supposedly lesser team in a knockout competition. Why is that? I have spent too many hours wondering and still not come to any satisfactory conclusions just a mix of ideas and theory.  Fair play to Rochdale BTW. They did everything right and good luck to them.
Plastic Man

An entertaining beginning and end as always, though this time with a bonus good paragraph in the middle.

Any additional thoughts on this pub of the year? Worth a visit in its own right?
fartcatcher

Thanks LD.

Their second goal reminded me of so many we've conceded over the last two years. Nippy little feller positioned just in front of a high and square back four, midfielder knocks it over or through for him to run onto and cross and the rest is history.

Our midfield has never really recovered from losing Howson, Gradel, Snodgrass and Johnson in a short space of time. With any three of those on the pitch I always believed we were going to score.

Mowatt excepted, we've now just got a bunch of plodders to choose from. Austin does my head in. He can be good or awful. But the awful days seem to outnumber the good ones by about 3:1.

Leeds fans have always loved midfielders who 'get stuck in'. Douglas, Hughes, Brown, and now Austin (lots of others as well i'm sure). Unfortunately you need technique as well as commitment even at this level.

Lets just hope that McD gets a bit of cash to spend. Need reinforcements in all areas.
Grind

Finally managed to watch it tonight, despite the efforts of others.

Byram and, to a lesser extent, Smith, Pugh and McCormack didn't seem totally horrible (remember, I don't get to see the team play very often for extended periods of time), but in my opinion the better team deservedly won.

It was certainly no fluke and their second goal was particularly well taken.

* Wonders if Dock has a point. *
sheeps

Cheers M.

As you said just another for the list, I wasn't suprised.
smiling badger

Thanks for the reportage.
As i said , was half expecting this result and no longer seem to get angered about this type of scoreline these day. Come to expect them i suppose.
I feel for the poor sods who went and have handed over their hard earned for the privilege..
sheeps

smiling badger wrote:
Thanks for the reportage.
As i said , was half expecting this result and no longer seem to get angered about this type of scoreline these day. Come to expect them i suppose.
I feel for the poor sods who went and have handed over their hard earned for the privilege..


Rumour has it, and I'm not one for gossip, the electric has been cut off to the gates.
Kingmaker of Lilliput

It was only 11 hours of travelling, a 2 mile hike through a wet miserable Pennine town afterwards and one dodgy Tapas so well worth the day out, the expense and the misery. After all until we get relegated twice I won't need to go again

Would also mention, they played well.
Grind

Other than the european stuff, I remember having to make an epic trek to get to see us play Mansfield one season.

I have the sneaking feeling that we secretly quite like these miserable excursions.

It would be no fun if we won all the time.

* Every now and again would be nice though. *
fartcatcher

Luton's the worst place i've ever been to. What a shithole. You get into the ground through a ginnel between two houses, and the stand is an ancient rusty steel structure that wobbles every time anyone moves.

Hospitality boxes were Portakabins
Late Doors

Plastic Man wrote:
An entertaining beginning and end as always, though this time with a bonus good paragraph in the middle.

Any additional thoughts on this pub of the year? Worth a visit in its own right?


Thank you, yes the football did tend to spoil things on the day as well. My mates have made a couple of visits without me on match days and have been waxing lyrical about it for ages.

Its a decent boozer but a bit too foody to be an absolute belter for me. Not a massive amount of ale either, enough, but not the plethora i was expecting. Seemed a bit.....new for my liking, a bit too contrived as if it was trying too hard to be old and authentic. I wouldn't go special just for that one pub, maybe a trip around Rochdale but i dont think there is much else in the town.

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