Manager Keith Hill spoke to Dale Player following his side’s 2-1 win over Scunthorpe United at Spotland.
After a lack lustre first half, Dale opened the scoring through an excellent Joe Bunney strike in the 67th minute, before the Iron equalised nine minutes later. Peter Vincenti secured all three points five minutes from time.
Hill commented: “We fell into the trap a little bit like we did last week - patience doesn’t mean slow.
“We watched [Scunthorpe’s win over Coventry] and we knew that we had to learn from the Burton game, but it looked as though we hadn’t. We played very slow in the first half, predictably slow, and they got bodies behind the ball and they started brightly on the counter attack.
“It was obvious that they were trying to pull our pants down and steal the game from us but that’s the tactic. Who’s in control? When we’ve got the ball are we in control? During the majority of the first 25 minutes, I think Scunthorpe were in control with the tactics that they employed. They allowed us to have the ball deep and we became too slow but I needed us to be slower in the final third.
“It was a bit weird and the whole first half didn’t sound right to me. It didn’t feel right and I thought that we were looking at a 1-0 defeat – I thought the game had it written all over.
“They are tactics that we’re going to have to get used to. We’re going to have to be patient because I think we’re being given a large amount of respect.
“We got the break-through goal and we looked comfortable, we looked as though we settled and I was pretty comfortable.”
The full post-match interview is available to view on Dale PlayerHD.