MATCH PREVIEW | Rochdale v Charlton

Charlton will be looking to bounce back when they head to the Crown Oil Arena to take on Rochdale on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

After the midweek disappointment against Portsmouth, the Addicks will be targeting three points and pick up where they left off in the second half of the reverse fixture last month which saw them come from 4-2 down at half-time to gain a point from a 4-4 draw.

Saturday's opponents have seen goals flying in at both ends in recent weeks, with a total of 50 goals being accrued in their last 10 games with two wins, four draws and four defeats in that same period, leaving them 18th in League One.

Ryan Inniss remains sidelined and is due another scan next week to ensure his injury has healed before making a return to training. Akin Famewo could be involved again having returned to full training this week, although Lee Bowyer confirmed that he wants him to gain minutes for the U23s to ease him in.

Conor Washington is the only other injury doubt with Bowyer not willing to risk him this weekend.

Meanwhile, deadline-day arrival Diallang Jaiyesimi is now available to play and could make his Addicks debut.

Rochdale could hand debuts to new arrivals Jack Vale, Conor Grant and Conor Shaughnessy.

However, Eoghan O’Connell, Paul McShane and Jimmy Ryan are all doubts having been sidelines with injuries in recent weeks. Jay Lynch could make a return having observed a period of self-isolation.

Charlton Boss Lee Bowyer: “We have to pick up where we left off against Rochdale at home. We played really well in that second half and that wasn’t just luck, it was hard work, from back to front.

"We did the basics really well in that second half, so we have to do the same. Not just in this game, but in every game. If we do that, we’ll win more games."

Rochdale boss Brian Barry-Murphy: “The lads always believe in the way we work and the way we want to do things, so somewhere along the line you want to see the results to back that up and say to the lads ‘yeah, this is what happens when you stick to what we do."

Charlton and Rochdale have squared off on 19 previous occasions with the Addicks winning 10 and Dale five, with the remaining four encounters ending in draws.

The reverse fixture resulted in an eight-goal thriller in January with Charlton coming from 4-2 down at the break to finish 4-4. Chuks Aneke (2), Jake Forster-Caskey and Ronnie Schwartz all found the net for Bowyer's men, while Kwadwo Baah (2), Matty Lund and Stephen Humphrys scored for the visitors, before Jason Pearce was sent off with two minutes remaining.

The Addicks' last victory at Spotland came in September 2011, when Danny Hollands (2) and Rhoys Wiggins scored in a 3-2 win.

Thomas Bramall will be the man in the middle on Saturday. He has taken charge of 20 games this term, dishing out 44 yellow cards and four red cards.

Bramall has officiated the Addicks on one previous occasion - the 2-1 victory over Burton Albion at The Valley in March 2019.

He will be assisted by Chris Isherwood and Oliver Bickle, with Anthony Backhouse as the Fourth Official.

The match will be played behind closed doors and Charlton supporters are reminded to maintain social distancing guidelines and to stay away from the stadium when the match is taking place.

Supporters can follow all the build-up to the game on Charlton's official Instagram account, official Twitter account and Facebook page as usual.

Charlton’s live matchday streaming service has received a major overhaul with the introduction of Valley Pass Live, hosted by Scott Minto. He will be joined by guest pundits Alan Curbishley and Garry Nelson in the studio at The Valley for the broadcast which begins at 2.15pm. Away fixtures will differ slightly from that of the home game broadcasts with the club only able to provide single-camera coverage of the match itself. Click here for more information on the brand new Valley Pass Live service.

Supporters will be able to watch Charlton league games this season on Valley Pass Live. All league games, except those selected for UK or international broadcast, will be available to purchase with a match pass which costs £10 in the UK and Ireland and internationally.

Supporters living abroad can purchase a season live video pass for £195, which will give them access to every game the club is allowed to stream internationally during the 2020/21 season.

Supporters who are yet to purchase a pass for Saturday's game can do so here.

Meanwhile, live audio commentary of the game from Terry Smith and Greg Stubley will be available to Valley Pass subscribers in all countries as usual.

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