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We Deserved The Victory - Ian Henderson

7 February 2018

Ian Henderson on Dale’s Emirates FA Cup progression…

“We were disappointed not to have won away at Millwall, to be honest,” said the Dale skipper.

“If it wasn’t for that late equaliser against us, then we would have been through to the next round without the need of a replay.

“We know that we’re going to give any team that comes to the Crown Oil Arena a good run for their money, and I thought we deserved the victory tonight to go through to the next round.”

Hendo’s goal eight minutes into the second half sealed Dale’s place in the fifth round of the competition for the first time since 2003, but he didn’t want any of the credit, instead praising the team performance.

“It’s not about me, it’s about the team as a whole and the we played. I thought we battled incredibly hard on a difficult surface against a very strong, powerful team in Millwall.

“We competed well for the first and second balls, and when the opportunity arose to play football then we did, and I thought the goal was a good footballing goal.”

And he explained what he remembers about the passage of play.

“I remember picking up the ball and playing it out wide. The manager said at half-time that we weren’t getting enough numbers in the box, so I thought to myself ‘I’m going to make a dart to the near post and get as far as I can’ when I saw Calvin on the ball.

“In training, we’ve got a real good synergy and I knew he was going to put the ball where he put it, so I darted there and fortunately enough his pass was accurate and the rest is history, as they say.”

 

 


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