Henderson Dale’s Talisman at Fleetwood as Barnsley Test Nears

Ian Henderson became the third different man to score a brace for Rochdale at the weekend and is now the leading scorer for Keith Hill’s side this term heading into the midweek visit of Barnsley to Spotland.

The veteran frontman crucially scored deep into added time at the end of the 90 minutes to rescue a 2-2 draw for Dale away at Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

It was the second of two levellers scored by Henderson on the day, the forward having cancelled out Paddy Madden’s first half opener with his second successful penalty in as many matches just after half-time.

The Dale skipper fired in from close range in the fifth minute of time added on after Ched Evans had restored Joey Barton’s side’s lead.

Henderson joins Brad Inman and Ollie Rathbone as those who have netted braces for Dale this term, twice converting against Burton Albion and Grimsby Town respectively.

The 33-year-old will now have other goalscoring exploits in sight, however, his double over the Cod Army having wrote him deeper into Dale’s record books.

Heading into Tuesday night’s game against Barnsley, Henderson is now Dale’s joint third top goalscorer of time, alongside Steve Whitehall on 92, behind only Reg Jenkins and Albert Whitehall.

The visiting Tykes occupy the same third position in the League One standings having made a bright start to the campaign, following their relegation from the Championship last term, and will arguably pose Dale’s toughest test so far this season.

It could offer a similar challenge to that which Peterborough United provided in the last home game, although Hill’s men will not want a repeat of the 4-1 scoreline in the visitors’ favour from that match.

Hill himself will also be going up against his former side, having managed Barnsley for around 18 months in between his two spells at Spotland.

Daniel Stendel’s men stalled somewhat last time out with a goalless draw against AFC Wimbledon at home, but his side are still yet to concede a goal in their three League One outings this term and have a respectable seven points on the board.

Dale, on the other hand, have scored and conceded in all three of their league games.

That could point to a closer kind of game than the end-to-end ones they have endured already this season, the visitors considered the favourites at 6/4 per Oddschecker.

The hosts are priced at 2/1 while the draw is available at 5/2.

A victory is certainly not beyond Dale in this one, however a draw would be a decent enough result against a strong Barnsley team.

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