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MATCH PREVIEW: We take a look at our Boxing Day opponents

Rochdale are next up for the Blues

23 December 2021

Our Boxing Day fixture kicks off at 1pm - and Rochdale are the visitors.

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This fixture kicks off at 1pm

The Dale provided their fans with a pre-Christmas boost when they announced that popular midfielder Abraham Odoh had signed a new deal to remain at the club until the end of the 2022/23 season.

The 21-year-old livewire joined Dale in February and has made 25 appearances during the current campaign.

"I want to thank the manager for giving me this opportunity and I'm looking forward to progressing," Odoh told the club's website. "I like the football we play and I like the atmosphere around the club, and how we're all together."

Sadly, Abraham was subjected to racial abuse on one of his social media platforms just a fortnight before he penned his new deal - credit to everyone at Spotland for the swift manner in which they reacted to this abhorrent behaviour.

opposition

Dale had lost all three of their December League Two games leading into last Saturday's home meeting with Newport County, but they put that right with a convincing win against the Exiles.

Jake Beesley added two to his tally (one from the spot) and Liam Kelly wrapped things up with an 89th minute strike that sent the fans home noisy and happy.

Their last league victory before that was a 2-1 away win at Holker Street at the end of October.

Four consecutive draws comprised their November results (punctuated by an FA Cup replay success over Notts County), making it a frustrating spell for a side that wants to be challenging at the top end of the division come May.

Just the five league wins so far this campaign suggests a little bit of a hangover from last term's relegation, but there's quality in the squad and a determination from gaffer Robbie Stockdale that things will hit an upturn, and soon.

who watch

12 goals in 26 appearances makes Jake Beesley our festive one to watch.

A brace against Bristol Rovers in his last away outing this month showed predatory instinct, and was the third occasion this season that he's notched twice in the same game.

He made it four on the double last weekend with two more in the emphatic victory over Newport.

The 25-year-old has pace and poise, and is tenacious and strong.

He's a handful, and certainly knows how to find the back of the net.

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This fixture kicks off at 1pm

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highlights

  Carlisle wins Draws Rochdale wins
FA Cup 0 1 2
League 39 19 32
Cup 2 1 1
League Cup 1 2 2
Total 42 23 36

These teams came together in the Carabao Cup in August 2019 down at Spotland. Jack Bridge scored a second half penalty for United, but Aaron Morley and Matty Done had already done the damage, and it wad the Dale who progressed.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

officials

Referee - Marc Edwards
Assistant Referee 1 - Scott Williams
Assistant Referee 2 - Graeme Fyvie
Fourth Official - Simon Clayton
Observer - Michael Pike

Marc EdwardsOur referee for this game is Mr Marc Edwards.

Marc has taken charge of 14 games so far this season showing 47 yellow cards and one red.

We met him for the first time in September 2019 when we beat Oldham at Brunton Park courtesy of a goal in the third minute from Olufela Olomola. There were no Carlisle bookings on the day.

He was here again in December that same year for our 0-0 draw with Grimsby. As with his previous visit, no home names were taken.

Our 3-1 EFL Trophy win over the Villa under-21 side was his next visit to Cumbria. Micah Obiero, Gime Toure and Gav Reilly scored our goals, with Obiero also receiving a yellow card. Danny Devine also went in the book on the night.

And we saw him for our last fixture of the 2020/21 season when we hosted Walsall here at Brunton Park. No goals were scroed, and no names were taken on the day.

tickets

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