Dempsey chal­lenge side­lines Ad­shead

Rochdale Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS -

THE only down­side to Rochdale’s 2-0 Checkatrade Tro­phy win at Fleetwood on Tues­day was the in­jury sus­tained by Dan Ad­shead, who faces a lengthy spell on the side­lines.

The mid­fielder was scythed down from be­hind by Kyle Dempsey late in the first half, a chal­lenge which left boss Keith Hill less than im­pressed.

“It’s a cyn­i­cal chal­lenge and not a great one from a fel­low pro­fes­sional. Dan has done a lovely turn and the player has a left a bit on him,” he said.

“The con­se­quences are that Dan is prob­a­bly go­ing to be out for a fair length of time, which is sad to see.

“There was some good foot­ball played in the first half when Dan Ad­shead was on the pitch. Some of his pass­ing was su­perb and his turn to get away from the player who fouled him was su­perb.

“I don’t like to see a player like Dan tar­geted – it was a ter­ri­ble chal­lenge re­ally and he is prop­erly in­jured, not soft in­jured – that’s a few other play­ers we’ve got in the squad. Dan is gen­uinely in­jured.

“I just hope it’s not a se­ri­ous one be­cause he is in good form, he’s fit and he was a player I had in mind for Satur­day but now he’s not go­ing to be avail­able.

“He’s right on point with what we’re do­ing at the mo­ment in time with the Youth Team and these games that we’ve got.

“The chal­lenge was there for him to go and make sure he got a chance to play on Satur­day and I think he was giv­ing him­self that chance, so it’s a shame that’s he had to come off.”

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