Rochdale kept their second successive clean sheet on Saturday with a goalless draw at Southend United and defender Niall Canavan was pleased to come away with a well-earned point.
“I thought we were a lot more solid than we have been,” Canavan told iFollow.
“We’ve cut out some of the mistakes that were being made.
“Southend really piled on the pressure when we went down to ten men but I thought the boys did really well and stuck to the game plan.
“Roots Hall is always a difficult place to come – they make it quite intense – and we always knew they were going to be difficult to play against with the quality they’ve got in the forward areas, but the boys dealt with it. Unfortunately, we couldn’t quite nick a goal to get a win.”
Canavan was also full of praise for goalkeeper Brendan Moore, who saved a first-half penalty from Simon Cox.
“He was unfortunate with injuries in pre-season but he’s been brilliant for us since he came in.
“It was a top save from the penalty, and maybe that gave us that bit of impetus to stick it through in the second half.”
Blackburn Rovers, who were relegated from the Championship last season, are the visitors to the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday and Canavan is looking forward to the test.
“It’s another great game for us. The league is filling up with teams that have dropped out of the Premier League and the Championship. It’s good to test ourselves against higher profile players.”
You can watch the full interview on iFollow.