Assistant Manager Chris Beech says Dale won’t be taking anything for granted as they get set to take on Shrewsbury Town at Greenhous Meadow on Tuesday evening.
Rochdale head into the game on a four game unbeaten run, including back-to-back wins.
Speaking on Monday morning, he told Dale PlayerHD: “It’ll be tough but it’ll be a good game.
“We have to make sure that we prepare correctly today, get down to Shrewsbury and then give a really good account of ourselves.
“We try to put our game plan on each time. We’ve gone a little bit more intricate in terms of planning for the opposition recently and I think it’s helping us. We’re looking at what the opposition is doing, we’re looking at who’s available and we’re looking at what we want to do.
“It [Dale’s last few results] has been brilliant but we can’t take anything for granted. If there’s one thing this season has taught us then it’s that.
“We’ve just got to concentrate on the next game in front of us, which is Shrewsbury.
“It’s a good stadium, it’s a good pitch, so the players will enjoy that. We need to make our away record stronger and we need to look after our own business. We’re going against some good players and we’ve got to make sure that everybody recovers from Saturday and that they can give 100-percent energy towards beating Shrewsbury.”
After a inconsistent run of form, Rochdale appear to have a renewed sense of confidence, which has been reflected in recent results.
Beech offers his thoughts on why he believes the side has kicked on.
“It’s probably down to doing something that this football club generally doesn’t do.
“It’s very difficult to be excellent and exciting all the time. It’s like trying to be on top form whether you’re a singer, or just your general self as a human being. You’ve sometimes go to just prod yourself and think what’s going on here.
“I think Grant Holt has made that difference in terms of the supporters’ interest in the football club. The players have been really committed since we’ve taken over and they’ve done really well but there was a little bit of a plateau in terms of what was actually going on.
“Since signing Grant and Niall [Canavan], those two players have given the rest of the squad a little bit of a lift.
“It’s hard to get hold of and recruit someone who has done ever so well previously for this football club because generally they’ve gone on to become very wealthy footballers and we can’t afford their wages, so to get Grant back has been excellent news for everybody.”
The full interview is on Dale PlayerHD.