Matty Lund says he’s pleased to have opened his account for the season on Saturday, in Dale’s win over Fleetwood Town.
The midfielder headed home from a corner in the 13th minute to give Brian Barry-Murphy’s side a 1-0 advantage.
“It was a great delivery from Doney and I just had to help it on,” said Lund.
“It was nice to finally get a goal and get up and running. Set-pieces at both ends of the pitch is something that we’ve been working on and I think it showed. It’s somewhere I think we can get goals from, and, for me, I like the ball coming into the box. There is nothing worse than defending it, so I understand that.
“Everyone has got to chip in with the goals - I think that’s key for us this season. I put pressure on myself to score goals. I’ve finally got a goal, but I want to score more.”
After Lund put Rochdale ahead, the Cod Army netted a late equaliser, but Fabio Tavares struck beyond Alex Cairns in the 90th minute to secure three points.
“We deserved the three points. They [Fleetwood] will probably say that we had a lot of possession but that’s the way we go about things and every time we won the ball we looked threatening. That’s the way we play – I think our game plan was good and we capitalised on that at the end, and I thought we thoroughly deserved the three points.”
Dale have won many plaudits for their performances so far this season and Lund believes the weekend’s result was just rewards.
“Apart from the Swindon game, where we knew weren’t at it and we weren’t our usual self from pre-season, the performances since then have shown that we are a good side in this league. Teams will understand that in the next few months and realise that we can play some good football and create good chances.
“It [Saturday’s result] has been coming. People will say that we haven’t scored in a couple of games, so it’s nice to have scored some goals.
“We created a lot of chances, and that’s something we have been doing. We just need to start taking those chances, especially away from home. We created a lot against Ipswich but it just didn’t seem to fall for us right. If we got the first goal against Ipswich it would have been a completely different game. I can say that now, but it’s true – you’ve got to take your chances in this league.”
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