Rochdale will not be happy to see Ian Henderson
ROCHDALE are sick of the sight of Ian Henderson.
But the bad news for Dale is that Henderson is itching for more goals against them today, in his quest to eclipse his 11-goal total from last term.
The ex-Norwich City front-runner has scored in each of Colchester United’s last three games against Rochdale, effectively earning the U’s seven points in those three fixtures.
Henderson bagged late winners in last season’s league double over Dale, scoring in the 86th minute during the 2-1 win at Spotland, and the 87th minute in the 1-0 win over Dale.
The 27-year-old was on target again, in the 2-2 draw at Spotland in mid-October, so it might be worth a wager on him scoring again tomorrow!
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“The last two games against Rochdale, I have been kind of jammy and lucky,” admitted Henderson.
“I remember last season I bundled the ball over the line, while this season I scored a free-kick from distance which I still don’t know how it went in!
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“A couple of (Rochdale) players turned round to me in our last meeting, and said – ‘Christ, not you again!’
“I only played 30 or 35 minutes up there, because Mags (Magnus Okuonghae) unfortunately got sent off, so they only saw 30-odd minutes of me.
“But hopefully they’ll see a lot of more this weekend!
“I hope to carry that run (against Rochdale) into Saturday, especially as I haven’t scored for a few games now,” added Henderson.
The versatile Henderson, who can operate as a striker or on either flank, netted 10 goals in 37 league outings last term, and 11 in all competitions.
He is on course to beat that haul, having so far bagged eight goals in 33 games, although he hasn’t scored in his last seven appearances.
In fact, Henderson hasn’t found the back of the net in 2012 – his last goal was in the 6-1 home mauling at the hands of Stevenage on Boxing Day.
“I want to beat my goal tally from last season,” confirmed Henderson.
“I should be on target for that, and for a utility player that wouldn’t be a bad return.
“Competition to keep in the team is fierce. Whether I play on the right, left, up front, in the hole or in central midfield, I’m willing to do a job for my team.”
U’s boss John Ward looks set to make at least one change to the side that slithered to a 3-2 defeat at Yeovil last weekend.
Right-back Brian Wilson who, like Henderson, has started every game this season, has been feeling unwell all week and is unlikely to recover in time to face Rochdale.
John White could move from left-back to right-back, to deputise for Wilson, although veteran Karl Duguid is another option.
If White does get the nod, then either Ben Coker or Michael Rose will come in at left-back. Coker would probably be the favourite, although he did pick up a dead leg during Wednesday’s night’s 4-0 win at Concord Rangers in the Essex Senior Cup.