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Rochdale 3 - 2 Pigs

Fairly good weather for football had drawn a crowd of 3677 to Springfield Park. was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Rodrigo Arouca and Jip Olthuis. Rochdale had chosen a strategic 5-4-1 formation. Starters: Colbourne - Lukić, Agrawal, Pajak, Sánchez Barriga, Sumerel - Cleuren, Klingbacher, Willis, Szachta - Medina Abascal.

Pigs tactics involved an interesting 4-3-3 combination. They fielded: Fortin - Hayden, Beerepoot, Janić, Turanskiy - Bell, Scotney, Köves - Arkell, Harrison, Keskin.

Using their counter-attacking abilities was the strategy of choice for Rochdale on this day, taking advantage of their divine level with that tactic. Counter-attacking seemed to be the preferred strategy of Pigs, taking advantage of their mythical level with that tactic. Slack defending gave Rochdale a chance to take the lead with 7 minutes played, but Jaume Medina Abascal's cross from the left flank was fumbled in front of the goal and easily dealt with by the opposition. The home side put themselves ahead 1 - 0 after 23 minutes courtesy of a breakthrough from Dimitri Klingbacher, who scored with a stunning volley following a cross from the right wing. The crowd gasped as Gorka Sánchez Barriga of Rochdale was flattened by an opponent after 33 minutes and had to be carried off. Scott 'The Rock' Porter came in off the bench. 34 minutes in, Pigs appeared unsure on how to play and their organisation was only inadequate. The visitors almost came back with an equaliser 35 minutes into the match after a good combination through the middle, but when Jovan Janić tried to finish the attack, he couldn't get enough power on the shot to seriously challenge the keeper. Rochdale's Clint Willis saw his fine effort strike the top of the bar following some good work up the middle by his teammates after 36 minutes. Rob Arkell finished off the counterattack of Pigs from the left rather easily, making the score 1 - 1. The teams went for the halftime break at 1 - 1. Possession in this half belonged to Rochdale, who controlled the ball 59 percent of the time.

The coach gave his players an extra tactical briefing during the break, and after that Pigs had solid organisation. Diant Beerepoot showed why he is feared on the counterattack, breaking through in the middle and scoring for Pigs after 53 minutes to make the score 1 - 2. The coach of Pigs was happy with the game so far, but still wanted to change the line up. After 64 minutes, Kip Chudasama came on for Arthur Scotney. With 64 minutes played, Rochdale's well-worked indirect free kick caused havoc in the penalty area, and when the ball eventually fell to Garth 'Vader' Sumerel he gleefully slotted the ball home to make it 2 - 2. Pigs's Danila Turanskiy could have put the guests one up after 66 minutes after chasing a through ball from the right, but Charles 'Charlie Boy' Colbourne was as fast as a snake, grabbing the ball from under his nose. Chris Pajak would have preferred to play on, but his coach decided otherwise. Myroslav Golovnya entered the game for Rochdale as the match clock showed 70 minutes. As Chris Pajak left the field, the coach signaled to Karol 'Vorderman' Szachta to be the new set pieces taker. The referee showed Pigs's Diant Beerepoot the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge. Rochdale took the lead after 75 minutes as a result of Myroslav Golovnya's peach of a shot from the right hand side of the box - placed beautifully in the top corner. 3 - 2. Lefter Keskin came close to levelling the score 81 minutes into the game, as he was set up with a through ball coming in from the left, but his shot hit the post. Jaume Medina Abascal should probably have put his team up another goal after 82 minutes after breaking through the middle, but some great goalkeeping by Christophe Fortin kept the visitors in the game. Neither team were able to dominate possession this half.

The most dominating Rochdale player was without a doubt Myroslav Golovnya. Scott 'The Rock' Porter turned in a dismal performance, however. Pigs's top performer was clearly Rob Arkell. However, Garry Bell made a disastrous appearance. The match ends 3 - 2.

Rating details

Midfield inadequate (very high) weak (very high) 20 16 5/20 4/20
Right defence magnificent (very low) world class (very low) 45 49 12/20 13/20
Central defence world class (very low) world class (very low) 49 49 13/20 13/20
Left defence extra-terrestrial (very low) brilliant (high) 61 43 16/20 11/20
Right attack titanic (very low) magnificent (very low) 57 45 15/20 12/20
Central attack weak (very high) magnificent (low) 16 46 4/20 12/20
Left attack passable (very high) brilliant (very low) 24 41 6/20 11/20
Indirect set pieces
Defence outstanding (very high) excellent (low) 40 30 10/20 8/20
Attack excellent (very low) passable (very high) 29 24 8/20 6/20
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Counter-attacks
Tactic skill divine mythical 20 17 20/20 17/20


1 - 0  Dimitri Klingbacher 23'
1 - 1  Rob Arkell 37'
1 - 2  Diant Beerepoot 53'
2 - 2  Garth 'Vader' Sumerel 64'
3 - 2  Myroslav Golovnya 75'
Diant Beerepoot 73'
Gorka Sánchez Barriga 33'
Substitution Out Gorka Sánchez Barriga
In Scott 'The Rock' Porter
Substitution Out  Arthur Scotney
In  Kip Chudasama
Formation Out  Chris Pajak
In  Myroslav Golovnya
5-4-1  To  4-4-2



Chance distribution

Home Away
7 7

1 Left attack 2
3 Central attack 3
2 Right attack 1
1 Other 1
0 Special events 0
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Rating details

Please note that the percentages above are meant to guide you, but they do not equate to the exact probabilities (to score for example) used in the match engine.

Indirect set pieces

Defence outstanding (very high) excellent (low) 40 30 10/20 8/20
Attack excellent (very low) passable (very high) 29 24 8/20 6/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Counter-attacks Counter-attacks
Tactic skill divine mythical 20 17 20/20 17/20

Average ratings

Total player experience solid (low) solid (very low) 26 25 7/20 7/20
Average midfield inadequate (very high) weak (very high) 20 16 5/20 4/20
Average defence world class (very high) magnificent (high) 52 47 13/20 12/20
Average attack formidable (very low) brilliant (very high) 33 44 9/20 11/20
Total average formidable (high) formidable (very high) 35 36 9/20 9/20


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