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A Really Proud Moment - Lillis On Breaking Dale's Goalkeeper Appearance Record

10 December 2018

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Josh Lillis 278th appearance for Rochdale in Saturday's game at AFC Wimbledon saw him become Dale's all-time record appearance holder for a goalkeeper.

The previous record, held by Neil Edwards, had stood since 2004, and Lillis was delighted to have broken it.

“It’s a really proud moment,” said Lillis.

“You don’t tend to see it at clubs. Neil Edwards had held the record for a while, so it shows that it doesn’t tend to happen.

“I’ve played the majority of my football at Rochdale. The fans and everyone around the club has been absolutely fantastic.

“We live in the vicinity, we’ve settled up here and it’s been fantastic.”

Lillis made two important stops in the second-half of Dale’s 1-1 draw at Kingsmeadow on Saturday, and although disappointed not to get the win, he says it is a valuable point.

“With the contrast from first-half to the second-half, we’re probably disappointed.

“I thought first-half we were very good. We had a lot of possession after the first ten minutes.

“In the second-half we were pretty poor compared to the first-half, so we are disappointed to go in with a draw, but we didn’t lose, so we’ve got to take the positives out of that.

“Once the dust settles we’ll see it as a decent point, especially if we can capitalise on it next weekend at home to Plymouth Argyle.”

Lillis is also holds the club record for most clean sheets, grabbing his 86th in the 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley in November.

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