Manager Brian Barry-Murphy is looking forward to Tuesday night’s League One fixture away at Accrington Stanley…
“It’s a great game for us – we can’t wait,” said BBM.
“In my time at the club, it has always been a great derby. I have huge respect for the management team there. We’ll go to Accrington with a great intensity and a great intent to represent our supporters.”
Stanley are one of 12 teams, along with Dale, fighting to avoid relegation. Heading into the match, just three points separate the two sides, and a Rochdale win would take them out of the bottom four.
“It a huge incentive. Trying not to be fixated with the table or results is one thing, but the players will be aware of the rewards.
“We’re under no illusion of hard it will be, though. Accrington are a really good team and they have a great manager. We have huge respect for them but we’re confident that we can give them enough problems to make it a very competitive game.”
Barry-Murphy’s side go into the game on the back of a narrow defeat to Sunderland and he admits there are plenty of positives to take from the performances against the Black Cats.
“I’ve only every had one thought process when you lose a game, and that’s how you lose it. Saturday felt like the right way to lose.
“Nothing changes from my point of view. We’ve been speaking for weeks about how performances are critical and not the result, so just because the result doesn’t go your way there’s no point in me complaining to the players or asking for more.
“There were elements in the game where we can do better, but that was the same in the previous game, so we’ll try to make the players better at those elements consistently whether we win, lose or draw. I just thought there were a lot of positives to take out of the game, and that’s the main focus for us.”
And BBM is hoping that Dale fans will turn out in their numbers to back the lads.
“I hope it’s a great game for our supporters to get to. It was originally a Saturday, so I hope the change in the day doesn’t affect them. I just hope we can take as many supporters as we can. We’ve taken some great crowds to local games around here over the years, and it will make a big difference after what was a great but tough day on Saturday. It’ll give them a big lift if we can bring as many supporters as possible.”
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