Grant Holt has told Dale PlayerHD that he’s “enjoying” his time back at the club.
The forward, who was introduced at half-time during Saturday’s League 1 encounter against Sheffield United, turned a Michael Rose corner into the roof of the net, securing the points for Rochdale.
It was his third substitute appearance and his first goal since re-joining Dale earlier this month. He admits it’s good to be involved.
“It’s good to be back.
“As I said in my interview last week, I just want to play football and put a smile on my face. It has been a long old road to recovery since my knee injury and I just want to enjoy football.
“I think everyone can see when I’m out there that I’m enjoying myself at the moment.
“It has been difficult, I haven’t had much game time for the last few months and now it’s ticking along nicely. I’m getting fitter and fitter.”
His goal celebrations marked the return of the chicken dance, which was a fans’ favourite during his first spell at the club.
“I said to my friends that I’d do it again, so they’ll be happy with that,” laughed Holt.
“I’m sure I’ll get a few phone messages. It was good to be out there - I’m enjoying it at the moment.”
The result saw Rochdale record back-to-back wins following the victory over Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night, and extended their unbeaten run to four after the draws with Crewe Alexandra and Bradford.
Holt is pleased with the points return and performances over the last couple of weeks.
“We’ve played well over the last two weeks. I believe we didn’t get the rub of the green at Bradford – I thought we should have won the game.
“And the lads have looked sharp. It has been tough – we’ve had back to back Tuesday/ Saturday games but I thought we did very well [today – Saturday].
“It was a fantastic first half because we weathered the storm and in the second half we took the game to them. We got the goals at the right time.
“They’re a very good side, Sheffield United. They’ve got very good players so you know they’re going to have a spell in the game. Thankfully they didn’t take their chances and in the second half we did.
“I think that was a turning point. The goals came at a great time for us and that seemed to kill Sheffield United off a little bit.
“There’s a fantastic bunch of lads in that dressing room, all pulling together for each other, and it’s a group thing.
“We’ve got a lot of games coming up, beginning on Tuesday, and we’ve got to keep going.”
The full interview is on Dale PlayerHD.