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Lillis Pleased To Take Positives From The Proact

24 August 2015

Josh Lillis admits it was good to take some positive memories away from the Proact Stadium at the weekend after having an experience to forget there last year.

Lillis was side-lined for three months last August after sustaining an ankle injury during the second half of Dale’s League One fixture against Chesterfield.

On Saturday, Lillis pulled off a magnificent save to deny Sylvan Ebanks-Blake from close range on the stroke of half time and was solid throughout the entertaining goal-less draw.

“It was alright, that’s what I’m there to do,” laughed Josh as he reflected on that save.

“It’s always nice to make saves and especially when you get a clean sheet out of the game. I thought we fully deserved a point in the end, but maybe we could have nicked all three.

“I’d like to think that I’ve made other saves like that, but it’ll definitely go down as one I remember because last year this ground was a memory to forget after doing my ankle. It set me back quite a bit last season so it’s pleasing to come here and take some positives away.”

Rochdale are straight back in action this Tuesday night as they face Hull City in the second round of the Capital One Cup.

And Lillis is looking forward to the tie at the KC Stadium after a positive start to the season by Dale.

“There’s a good spirit within the squad but we’re not getting carried away. We’re going to do what we’ve always done and take every game as it comes. 

“It’s the first time in quite a few years that we’ve reached the second round of the competition, so we’ll take a good following of fans with us and it’s one where we can test ourselves against a really good team. 

“We’re going to relish it and go there and enjoy it.”

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