Assistant Manager Chris has been reflecting on a positive month for Rochdale, as Dale get ready to head into the final eight games of the season.
Five wins from seven games in March saw Rochdale mount a charge towards the play-off places and now sit seventh in the table, a point behind sixth placed Chesterfield having played a game less.
Speaking ahead of the Good Friday trip to fellow promotion hopefuls, Preston North End, Beech told Dale Player: “March was a great month of football for Rochdale Football Club.
“The players applied themselves to each and every game, besides one of them which got away from us, which was Oldham away. Every other performance was excellent and we got some vital three points, which was really good news for the club.”
He continued: “[Challenging for a play-off place] is far better than trying to win to stay in the league. Pressure changes everything, but there’s absolutely no pressure on us at all in the position that we’re in, so we’ll enjoy it.
“We’ll look to give the best account of ourselves as we possibly can and the players both individually and collectively will work as hard as they can to achieve, with support from everybody that’s involved at the club. We’ll look to continue the momentum that’ve created in March as we step into April.
“There are just 31 days of the season left, so enjoy every day and enjoy every game because you’ll blink and it’ll be over.”
Rochdale head to Deepdale on Friday afternoon to play a Preston North End side who are currently second in the league table.
Beech knows that the Dale players will have to be at their best, but says they’re looking forward to the game.
“We’re playing Preston North End, who have an unbelievable history and a really good squad. They have two players for every position, who they pay very well to be in the position that they’re in.
“They’ve got a Manager [Simon Grayson] who has been promoted many times from this league and me and Keith have a lot of respect for him, his players and his staff because we always felt that they’d be in this position, even when they went on that losing run just after Christmas.
“They’ve done really well and if they do get promoted, then we’ll have nothing but support for them in terms of congratulating them, however, on Friday there’s three points available and we’ll be going to Deepdale to enjoy ourselves on a great pitch, against great opposition. We want to go and get the three points.”
The full interview is available to view on Dale Player.