Ryan Delaney hopes Rochdale can take the positives from Tuesday night’s performance in the Carabao Cup into Saturday’s League One fixture against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena.
“I think we really got going in the second half and we created a lot of chances,” said Delaney.
“Maybe on another night another one would have hit the back of the net. Hopefully we can get going like that from the start of the game on Saturday.
“You’ve got to see the positives and there were a lot of positives from tonight to take into Saturday, so that’s the main thing for us and hopefully we can push on and get a win.”
Delaney opened his account for the season in Tuesday night’s tie against Boro, halving the deficit for Dale. He came close to adding a second shortly but saw his effort cleared off the line.
Although pleased to get on the scoresheet, the defender was quick to point out that his goal meant nothing with Rochdale having been beaten.
“I almost had a second goal but almost isn’t good enough.
“It’s nice to score but you want to get a win or a draw. It doesn’t make a difference if you lose - that’s the way I see it.”
Stephen Dooley, who Delaney knows from their time at Cork City, made his Dale debut on Tuesday night after recovering from a pre-season injury. Delaney was delighted to see him involved in the action.
“The lads who came on were fresh and they put their [Middlesbrough’s] back four under a lot of pressure and stretched the pitch.
“Dools is a great lad and I’m looking forward to him getting kick started and getting going. Hopefully he can give the crowd and everyone at the club something to get excited about.”
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