Tonight sees Rochdale host Morecambe in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Quarter-Finals. Having already knocked out two Sky Bet League 1 opponents, can the Shrimps make it three in a row?How they got here
Morecambe have had arguably the most exciting run to the Area Quarter-Finals so far. In the first round they overcame League 1 leaders Walsall 2-0, before beating another promotion candidate from the division above in Bury, 1-0.
Rochdale have had it somewhat easier. Dale entered the tournament in the second round and beat Chesterfield 2-1, setting up tonight's tie with Morecambe.
Keith Hill's side are without a win in six, and have drawn their last four matches to sit 14th in Sky Bet League 1.
Morecambe have lost their last two in the league but, with 31 goals, Jim Bentley's side lead the scoring in the division.
These two sides haven't met many times in the past, just 12 times in all competitions. Rochdale currently lead the head-to-head with four wins and have triumphed 2-1 in the last two encounters between the two teams.
However, Morecambe have won the only fixture these two have played in a knockout competition, in the 2012/13 FA Cup.
Hill aiming for Trophy triumph, says assistant Beech
Rochdale assistant manager, Chris Beech, confirmed that this tournament is one that the team really want to do well in.
He told Dale PlayerHD: “I think Keith [Hill] stated in pre-season that winning the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy is something that he’d like to achieve as a manager. It’s a competition that gathers pace, and as you progress through the rounds it becomes quite exciting.
“It’s an exciting time because we’re playing against a really good team. Morecambe score goals and I know they’ve been conceding goals, but they’re an exciting team to watch.
“I know they’re well managed, I know their team spirit is excellent and I know that they’ll come here wanting to win the game. We’ll really need to be on point to make sure that we can get through the round.”