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A Huge Result - Ollie Rathbone

21 October 2019

Ollie Rathbone scored his first league goal of the season to help Dale on their way to a 3-1 victory away at Bolton.

His second half strike was followed up by a first Dale goal for Fabio Tavares to make sure of all three points.

Rathbone was delighted to get off the mark in Sky Bet League One and help Dale secure back-to-back wins in the league for the first time this season.

He said: “It’s a huge result. Their [Bolton’s] position in the table doesn’t reflect their current team. They’ve got a lot of players who are very experienced in this league and some good young players with a very experienced manager.

“We just kept going because we know we always grow into games and we know we’re fit enough to compete right until the very end.

“It’s huge testament to the fitness staff who work us hard and I think the hard work we put in comes through in games.

Rathbone also spoke about the importance of goals coming from all over the pitch.

“I should score more goals there’s no doubt about it.

“I get into good positions but Campsy’s a superb goal scorer as well from midfield and with someone like Hendo up front, we’re always going to score goals.

“I still don’t know how that shot I had at Wimbledon didn’t go in. I don’t even know how it was possible! I was scared it’d happened again, but we got that little bit more luck today than we did down there.

On Fabio Tavares, Rathbone said: “He’s a lovely young lad, his feet are firmly on the floor. 

“He and all the other young lads work hard every day. They still put the goals out before training, they’re all really humble boys and Tav deserves everything he gets and he’s going to have a great career if he keeps working hard.

“Keith Hill is held in the highest regard by everyone at this football club for what he did; today was my 100th league appearance, I probably made about 85 of them under Keith Hill so I’ve got a lot of gratitude towards him.

“We had a terrible September but the manager said after the Accrington game it’s about building momentum now. It’s one of the most powerful things in sport so we’re really optimistic about the next few games.

“During September we were riddled with injuries, and we got on with our job the best we could. We didn’t pick up as many points as we wanted to, but we just carried on and now those players are coming back were looking a much stronger outfit.”

Watch the full interview with Dale’s number 14 HERE.


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