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Chris Beech's Pre-Match Interview - Colchester United

6 May 2016

Rochdale make the long trip to Essex this weekend to face Colchester United in the final game of the 2015-16 campaign.

A victory on Sunday would see Dale secure their highest ever League 1 points tally, with the side currently just two points short of the 68 points target, which was set in the 2010-11 season.  

Assistant Manager Chris Beech is looking for the players to give everything they've got one last time.

“This team sits in a position where, if we can give everything we’ve got one more time and approach the Colchester game with a real intensity and energy, then we can amass a points value that will surpass any previous squads," Beech told Dale PlayerHD.

"We’ve had some unbelievable talents that have represented us and gone on to earn the club money, and this group are currently in a positive position to surpass all of the past.

“That’s something I’m going to talk to the players about because we do value our history but ultimately this team deserves support and plaudits. We’ve not quite got where we wanted to go in terms of getting to the play-offs, but to be associated with that tally would be a great end to the season.

“I think the supporters would appreciate those efforts and it would bode well for the summer.”

This week, Colchester, who have been relegated to League 2, announced the appointment of John McGreal as first-team coach following the departure of Kevin Keen.

And with the U’s having secured a point against Barnsley last weekend, Beech is taking nothing for granted. He’s expecting a difficult game.

“It’s not going to be easy because they’ve picked up and they’ve got a new manager. They’ve got some outstanding individual players and our players aware of that. It’s also Colchester’s last home game. 

“I don’t think their retained/ released list has been formulated so it might be the last chance saloon for some of their players to impress the new manager.

“But we’ve got to look after ourselves. We’ve got to go there, be professional and give everything we can for our supporters, for our club, and most importantly, for ourselves.

“I often talk about that three point feeling. 

“There’s a buzz amongst the corridors when you get into winning ways and I want that three point feeling to be celebrated on Sunday night.

“I also want it carried through into what will be a deserving rest for the players. But we won’t be resting until Monday morning.”

The full interview is on Dale PlayerHD

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