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The Opposition View - Rochdale

The Opposition View - Rochdale


In the wake of yesterday's 2-0 defeat to Rochdale which saw Wycombe fall to 21st, three points off the relegation zone, here are some views from Dale manager Keith Hill and some of their travelling supporters.

Hill was pleased with the result from a tough game. ''We're still having to contend with injuries and suspensions but I trust the squad we have. It's not all about dominating possession but it's about creating opportunities, taking your chances and taking points from games''.

''We weren't at our best in the first half but we've arguably had the best chance through Peter Vincenti. There's no surprise element to it (Wycombe's 14 corners), we're ready and we're switched on because they've had that many'' continued Hill.

''I suppose they got surprised by our corner for the second goal. I made a deliberate substitution on the corner (for the second goal), I suppose there can sometimes be a lack of concentration in those situations''.

''Wycombe came at us really early on and had a foothold in the game. There was a lot of huffing and puffing and a lot of encouragement for the opposition players to get at the referee with the momentum but the referee stood firm'' he said.

''We've won 2-0 away from home today. It's just another game gone, three points on the board again and we're looking forward to the next game''.


The Rochdale fans knew their win was because of clinical finishing, and were unimpressed with being moved from the Main Stand to the Dreams Stand so late in the day.

The following extracts are taken from the Rochdale Forum.

Studious Dale said: ''Good sign today was that we won without really playing that well. When we did manage to get the ball down and play we looked much better. Wycombe were poor, but their striker Styche(?) looked dangerous when he wasn't feigning injury and hit the post early on. Second half Allen scored a cracker near the start and from then on we were on top and comfortable''.

''I don't see how it was 'more cost effective' to have us in the main stand anyway. In the away stand there are no additional facilities like toilets or catering, you use the one in the corner of the main stand. And I doubt at 14:55 they called up extra stewards''.

macro said: ''I spoke to a steward about numbers he said Wycombe had got numbers from average away support this season''.

442 Dale said: ''The best decision they could have made was getting the decision right in the first place. By not doing so it meant they knew they'd have potential problems on the day. Why open yourself up to that?''

TVOS1907 said: ''Well whoever made that decision clearly knows nothing about the game. The average away following includes games like Torquay on a Tuesday and early season trips to Plymouth and Oxford when the season hadn't even got going properly. Fortunately they had the good sense to change our position at 2.45, but whoever made the decision in the first place has some questions to answer''.

OxDale said: ''Another great team performance, hard to single any one out. Wycombe were competitive until we scored. Allen couldn't find much space in the middle but when he did get a chink of light what a goal, another for the goal of the season list''.

''Both centre backs did well on a bouncy pitch with a swirling wind and direct opposition. Once we scored the game opened up and the second was just a matter of time, a bit scruffy in the end but it showed the determination of all''.

MoonyDale said: ''Glad to come away with three precious points after a damn hard workout against a very direct side. Tricky conditions and a dog of a surface, playing our usual fluent passing game was never going to be easy and so it proved. Even with the never ending count of corners they had it never looked like they would find the back of the net and when Allen slammed home the first with a rasping shot there was only going to be one winner''.

ColDale said: ''An absolute run of the mill, didn't get out of second gear victory that it's very easy for us to get complacent about. Away wins just seem to be so straight forward at the moment, and we could have had 4 or 5 if we'd gone for the kill. To go into the game without arguably our best defender, our best midfielder and our best striker just goes to show what sort of job Hilly is doing. The win was never in doubt''.

Sam Wright said: ''Just got back from Wycombe and I have to admit that they're a friendly club that does everything it can for the fans. They even let a lot of our younger fans get involved at half time and fans in the bar before the game were nice too... first half we were terrible and if they had scored when they hit the post that would have completely changed the game... Good luck for the rest of the season!''

Russell Sutherland said: ''Very friendly club, cheapish admission prices too, they were unlucky not to get anything from the game''.

YouTubeDale said: ''Goals change games and Allen scored a cracker today so that we could go on the front foot. This guy is pivotal in our success this season and I am hoping we can keep him. Vincenti also shone today both in defence and getting our second goal. A good overall TEAM performance yet again with Hendo not on his usual high standards''.


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Writer:Dale Jenkins
Date:Sunday March 23 2014
Time: 3:48PM

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