Rochdale Fan Preview – Jonny Vimto

Rovers Chat talk to Rochdale fan Jonny Vimto, who has supported the club for 36 years, ahead of tomorrow’s League One clash.

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What do you make of your team’s transfer window so far?   

“We’ve made 7 signings.  The stand out ones are Brendan Moore, currently our No.1 keeper. He’s made a good start to the season. Matt Done from Sheff Utd. Done is well known to Dale supporters already having being one of our best players when we sold him to Sheff Utd a couple of seasons ago and, we also signed Donervon Daniels on loan- who was virtually an ever-present CB for Wigan last season.  Unfortunately we’ve lost 3 of our best players.  Mendez-Laing, Allen and Lund.”

What do you think of Blackburn Rovers’ summer deals?   

“It’s been a very busy transfer window for Rovers.  I think I’ve counted 17 ins and outs which is a lot at any level. The signing of Bradley Dack for around 750k is the one that stands out. Although he is highly thought of, I have to be honest and say I never rated him when he played against us. I saw him as a technically gifted player but very lazy.  I’m sure he’ll prove me wrong when we play you!” 

Who is your team’s player to watch and why?

“I was going to say Ian Henderson but he’ll be suspended after his red card in last week’s game!

I’d have to say Matt Done.  A wide forward player. He has the ability to beat a man, score from any distance and will run tirelessly for the whole game.  A real asset to any side in this division.  We have yet to see the best of him yet since his return but I’m pretty sure he’s saving it for the big game against Rovers.”

How has the start of your season been? 

“Underwhelming is how I’d describe it. After being in with a shout of the play-offs going into the final game of last season, most fans expected us to do well this year. So with 3 draws and 2 losses in the league and already out of the League Cup, things can only get better. That being said, it took us 8 league games last year to register more than 2 points and get a win so you could say we’re ahead of schedule! Our discipline needs to improve. Already 2 red cards in our 5 matches, but at the time of writing we’ve gone 180 minutes without conceding.”

How do you see your season going?

“We’re still trying to establish ourselves as a League 1 side in my opinion. Although most Dale fans have higher expectations, I just want us to get past the 40 point mark as soon as possible.  When we do that, see where we are in terms of games left and we might have a shot of the play-offs.  I expect us to finish 10th-12th this year.”

What should we expect to see from Rochdale?

“Over the last few seasons, we’ve developed a style of football that sees us play out from the back and get the ball out to our attacking full backs as soon as possible. We have young academy products in our first team that have been schooled in retaining possession.  That said we can change it up if needed.  I would expect Rovers fans to be pleasantly surprised at our style of football.”

How do you think the game will go?

“We tend to play well against sides at home that bring a large following.  We beat Bolton last year without conceding at home, played Millwall and Charlton twice and went undefeated beating them both. It’s a cliche but I believe if we can go in front then we have a chance.  If we concede first then we may struggle as we haven’t been finding the back of the net as much as if like.”

What score do you think it’ll be and who will score?

“I’m going for a 2-2 draw.  Mulgrew (if fit) and Samuel have started the season well so can see them scoring for Rovers and Davies and Done for Dale. Both sides have talented forwards but are prone to conceding goals.”

A massive thank you to Jonny for doing this interview. You can find his Twitter at @bluejonnyvimto.

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