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A Great Feeling - Ian Henderson

20 August 2018

Ian Henderson has praised the “unbelievable spirit” of the players, after coming away from Fleetwood with a point on Saturday.

Hendo’s brace earned a result for Rochdale and personally saw him move up to joint third in the club’s all-time goal scorer chart.

“It’s an honour to be recognised as the joint third top goal scorer in Rochdale’s history, with 92 goals scored and there’s many more to come,” said Henderson.

“Thank you to the players, manager, board of directors and to the fans for their continued support.”

Having scored from the spot earlier in the game, Dale’s Captain fantastic struck home deep in stoppage to secure a draw against the Cod Army.

“There was an unbelievable spirit from the boys to keep going right to the death, as they say. To get the equaliser was reward for how we tried to play football and it was a great feeling. It was like time stood still in the box for me - I knew if I got a good connection it would be a goal.

“When the board went up, I was saying to the lads ‘there’s still five minutes, keep on going’. We went direct into Calvin [Andrew] and Alby [Aaron Wilbraham], but it ended up being two of the smallest players on the pitch combining for the goal.

“I don’t know if Doney [Matty Done] meant to pass the ball to me, but fortunately enough it came to me in a good amount of space in the box and the rest of it history, as they say.”

Henderson was lucky to still be on the pitch when he scored the equaliser, having been barged over the metal advertising hoardings in the 68th minute. But thankfully for Dale, although he was left with a “war wound”, he got back up and carried on.

“I don’t know what the guy was thinking, to be honest. He ended up pushing me into the corner of advertising boards and it could have been a lot more serious than it was. I’ve got a good war wound on my back, but that’s football.”

Fixtures are coming thick and fast for Keith Hill’s side, with Barnsley the visitors to the Crown Oil Arena on Tuesday night.

“We’ve just got to play our own game and implement what the manager and the staff want us to do, as we try and get our first three home points of the season.”

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