Match winner Steven Davies spoke to iFollow in the aftermath of Dale’s dramatic victory over Doncaster Rovers at the Crown Oil Arena…
Rochdale were 1-0 down heading into the dying embers of stoppage time at the end of the second half, but after Mark Kitching had levelled for Keith Hill’s side with a stunning volley in the 92nd minute, Davies, who had seen a penalty saved in earlier in the game, secured the three points with just seconds of the match remaining, sparking wonderful celebrations.
“As a footballer, you’ve always got to believe,” said Davies as he reflected on the end to the game.
“Once that ball drops for Kitch and he strikes it and it goes in, we know there’s still a couple of minutes left and you’ve got to give everything.
“Thankfully the chance has fallen to me and I’ve managed to redeem myself after having the penalty saved in the first half.
“It’s a nice feeling [to have scored the winner], but I’m there to score goals. I’m obviously very disappointed that I didn’t score the penalty but it doesn’t define who I am, and if we get another penalty on Saturday then I’ll put my hand up and go for it. The Gaffer isn’t one who’d have a go at me for not scoring the penalty, but I feel like getting that goal and win was deserved for him.
“You go into that dressing and every single one of us is in it together. There were great celebrations at the end but it’s back down to hard-work now as we look forward to Saturday.”
Watch the full interview on iFollow.