Assistant Manager Chris Beech has been looking ahead to Rochdale’s festive fixtures…
Dale have back-to-back home games over the Christmas period, starting with Saturday’s League One match against Colchester United at Spotland.
“Every game is an opportunity to pick up points,” Beech told Dale PlayerHD.
“We’ve got to take care of our own shop and we’ve got to be respectful of our opponent, which we will be.
“They’ve had a change of Manager. I think he [Caretaker Manager Wayne Brown] stated this week that he doesn’t want the job, which sometimes works brilliantly.
“He might want it more than everybody will ever know – it makes players relax, it can make his message stronger sometimes or less threatening and suddenly players are playing free spirited.
“Colchester score a lot of goals but they’ve also conceded a lot of goals. Jamie Jones will be coming back to Spotland, he did great for us last season and he’ll definitely want to play well.
“We’ll have to make sure that we’re on our front foot, doing what we do. We want to progress and we want to be hitting the 23 game mark in a stronger position than 27 points.
“If we get six points in two games, brilliant. If we get four, fantastic. If we don’t get any, it won’t be for the will or lack of trying. There are no guarantees of anything but all I can look to guarantee is that with good support from our supporters and with a good support from each other, we’re going to look to do our best to achieve that.
“It [Spotland] is a good place to be working and it’s a great place to try and gain three points.
“As we sit on 27 points, there are two games left to get to get to 23 games mark.
“Last season we were sitting around 31 points at 23 games, so we’ve got two home games left at 27 points.
“You can’t guarantee anything from the two games, and we might still be sat on 27 points on the half way mark, but we’re going to do everything we can to be in a better position on the points board.
“We’ll be playing against two good competitive teams but we’re going to have a real good go against them.”
Ahead of Saturday’s match, Beech has called on supporters to be the twelfth man. He says vocal support from the stands can never be underestimated.
“I know that our fans are superb and that our away support has been unbelievable, but whatever you do, just check yourselves a little bit and just think that we’re in League One and we’re competitive.
“Sometimes it’s difficult because there’s a lot of money and finances around us and we’re living with the Jones’.
“There might be a brand new Range Rover over there but we’re driving a decent car at the moment. We’ve got make sure that we’re upgrading it and upskilling it because we can’t just go out and buy the Range Rover.
“Definitely get behind us – the lads will be on the front foot. We got two good opportunities against two great opponents and we’re really looking forward to spending Christmas with you.
“We’re together and we are a family club. Hopefully we might have a bit of goodwill from a referee but we will definitely have some goodwill from our lads. We’re going to give it everything we’ve got.
“There’s no time off for a footballer at Christmas. If you’re in, you’re training and you’re playing, then we'll look to win.
“Our supporters have really got to support our players as our players support and represent our football club and our beliefs, our philosophies and our connections.”
The full interview is on Dale PlayerHD.