The Opposition View - Rochdale
Having given themselves a mountain to climb by conceding three goals in the opening fifteen minutes, the Blues were finally beaten 3-2 at Spotland yesterday. Here are some views on the game from Rochdale manager Keith Hill and and a selection of their fans.
In his post match interview, Hill said he was delighted with Dale's stunning start to the game and felt that despite Wycombe's comeback, his side were worthy winners.
"We started absolutely superbly, then the momentum swings because on two occasions our players were a little bit negligent in possession. And once the momentum swings away from you, it's very difficult to wrestle it back," he said.
"That's the situation we found ourselves in - we found ourselves in a comfortable position with a three goal advantage, so did we deserve to win the game? Of course we did."
Commenting on a string of fine saves from Wycombe keeper Matt Ingram, Hill said: "It (the scoreline) could have been anything."
"We've done more than enough to win the game comfortably, I thought at times we were absolutely superb."
"We weren't bad defensively today we just gave the ball away in two vulnerable areas of possession and that's what disappoints me."
"We shouldn't have left the door slightly ajar for the opposition. We gave Wycombe a heartbeat. They had no pulse and we gave them a bit of a heartbeat, and then they started getting warm and started coming back to life, and then their second goal gave them a lot of encouragement."
"But we weren't found wanting in our responsibilities towards the end of the game and I thought we deserved the victory."
The Dale fans came up trumps, with possibly the most balanced and fair comments we've seen so far this season. Mind you, that's always a bit easier when you've won!
The following extracts are taken from RochdaleAFC.com and Football Forums.
'That was a very nervous end for us after hammering in 3 early beauties! We took our foot off the gas way too much. Wycombe looked a good side, though I'm not sure whether their 2nd goal was intentional or was meant to be a cross!.. They were very fortunate not to be down to at least 10 men, not once but twice the last man made unfair challenges and the ref bottled both, giving two yellows!'
'While no team should ever fear drawing a game after going three up at home, Wycombe are a decent outfit on that display and the three points earned could turn out to be key further down the line.'
'Never in doubt. Three class players we've got in Dicker, Henderson and Hogan. We've a class side. Up the Dale.'
'Great match, and I love how we were set up today. Hogan, Henderson, and Done can be our Hazard/Oscar/Mata. A fantastic performance from all 3 of them. The trouble with today's formation is that it isn't as good defensively, and that really showed at times against a good Wycombe side.'
'When Dicker is fully match fit, we'll win games like that much more easily. And even then, I don't think we were ever really under threat.'
'The first 20 minutes ranks up there with some of the best football I have seen Dale ever play. And the cause of the first Wycombe goal was a result of our players getting a bit too cocky and showing our opponents a 'lack of respect'. All in all, a promising performance from a very talented and exciting side. Our problems were self-inflicted and can be easily remedied.'
'Their keeper made so many great saves. Fantastic game.'
'The passing and movement from Dale in the first half was some of the best football I have ever seen us play. Wycombe were a quality side and they will do well this season. Rose's shot was simply out of this world. If that isn't goal of the season then we are going to see something very very special.'
'We let them back in the game, but after their second goal, they huffed and puffed and created nowt. Also in the first ten minutes of the second half, their keeper made two cracking saves that kept 'em in the game. Fair result in the end.'
'At times today we were simply unplayable, and against a good side. Their goal just before the break gave them a confidence and a belief that they could get something from the game and they almost did. It could have been 7-6 by the final whistle, quality performance by the lads today.'
'Very honest interview with Ainsworth. Holds his hands up that his side were ripped to pieces early on. Bit of fine tuning needed, but what a performance. We were on absolute fire at times today, and it was incredible that we only scored three goals. Every goal (including theirs) was top class.'
Next Game: Wycombe v Burton - Sat 5th Oct - 3.00pm
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