Manager Keith Hill says his side were superb in the draw with Oldham Athletic at the Crown Oil Arena on Tuesday night.
Dale dominated the game, seeing a penalty saved and a goal disallowed, and Hill gave full credit to his players for their performance.
“We were superb, simple as,” said Hill.
“I was really pleased with the desire, the determination, the commitment, the energy and the performance.
“The players aren’t stupid. They knew before the game that if Oldham were to beat us it would have distanced the gap, but it’s still not irretrievable.
“In fact I’m happy, because most leaders in a flying formation tuck in just behind the lead bird, and that’s where we are.
“It’s very difficult for the players to play Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday because of the stress levels more than physically. Mental stress puts you under physical strain.
“I’m really pleased with the courage the players have shown. I thought it was a courageous performance tonight, because of the ramifications if we were to have lost this game. I don’t think we looked like losing this game.”
Joe Rafferty had a first-half penalty saved by Johnny Placide, and Hill gave his full support to the full-back.
“It’s up to the players. Joe Rafferty takes them in training. I put my full trust in any player to take a penalty, but sometimes they don’t score them.”
Dale return to the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday, when they take on Bradford City.
“I’m looking forward to it. I think Simon [Grayson – Bradford City manager] has a season ticket here he’s been here that much recently!
“I like Simon. I think he’s done a marvellous job wherever he’s been, and it looks like he’s turning the tide there now.
“It’s going to be a good game and hopefully our players will turn up with a similar sort of performance.”
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