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Stephen Dooley Glad To Be Up To Speed

22 October 2018

Stephen Dooley says he is glad to be up to speed with his teammates after appearing in his third consecutive game at the weekend.

Dale picked up a 2-0 win at Bradford City thanks to a pair of penalties from Ian Henderson, the second of which was won by Dooley, who was delighted with the win.

“We’ve played quite well in the last couple of weeks but the results just haven’t been there,” said Dooley.

“The boys have been brilliant, it’s just we haven’t quite had the rub of the green. I think today, Bradford missed a few chances when we were up 1-0, so we had a bit of luck today and managed to get the 2-0 win.

“We know where we’re at in the league but we just go into each game and try to win. We want to beat the teams in and around us but we also want to get up nearer the top, so we take each game a time.”

After picking up a couple of injuries during his first few months at the club, the Northern Irishman says he is happy to be involved in recent games.

“It was a tough start and I couldn’t get going, but finally I’ve got up to speed with the boys and managed to get a couple of games.

It’s brilliant playing at places like this, it’s a phenonmal stadium and Bradford are a massive club, so it’s great to get the win and I’m happy to be involved.

“We’ve got an absolutely ridiculous squad, it’s hard to even get on the bench in this team!

“It is what it is, you try hard in training and if you get picked you have to go on and give 100%. If not, you just have to keep going.”

Dooley turned 27 on Friday and says a start and a win wasn’t a bad way to celebrate.

“I wanted a goal as well, but I’ll take an assist off the penalty! I probably should have gone for it myself.

“I tried to go round the ‘keeper and he got a touch on me. It was the 94th minute of the game and I was pretty tired, so I was happy to get the penalty and let Ian Henderson tuck it away!”

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