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Gaffer On Colchester United Point

28 August 2021


Gaffer On Colchester United Point

28 August 2021

Manager Robbie Stockdale reflects on Rochdale's 1-1 draw with Colchester United at the Crown Oil Arena.

After the U's went ahead through an own goal in the first half, Jimmy Keohane opened his account for the season to draw Dale level shortly after the hour mark. 

“I’ve got mixed emotions with it [the game/ result],” said the Gaffer.

“I’m pleased we finished the week unbeaten in terms of the three games we had in six days. I thought the first half was ok. We came off the pace of the game after the first 10/15 minutes which was maybe the schedule we’ve had and the players playing senior football for the first time. In terms of three games in such a short period of time, they won’t have been exposed to that before. 

“I said at half-time that it was a bit boring - it was a bit boring to watch. I didn’t think we played with enough tempo or enough pace and we didn’t get the ball in behind them enough. We tried to address that at half-time and I thought we were better in the second half, in terms of that aspect - we played more balls in behind, we got more attempts in the final third and we got more crosses in, so they [the players] took that on board.

“I’d say it was probably a fair result.”

Stockdale continued: “The second half was quicker - there was more tempo to the attack and when we play like that, we’ll be very difficult to handle. First half, Colchester obviously came with a plan and they got the goal. They sat off us and made it two banks of four and then the two forwards dropping in as well, and we struggled to really break them down.

“But, again, the second half was better, although I think we’ve got to take in account the amount of travelling and the games we’ve played. We’re still trying to find an identity in what we want to do, so to come away from the week unbeaten. If we had drawn at Northampton and won tonight, everybody would have been really pleased with us.”

The Gaffer added: “Max is a very young defender who has been excellent for us. It [the own goal] is just an unfortunate circumstance in the game but I think sometimes as well, it’s not the goal you concede, it’s the type of goal you concede. It would have been easy for us to buckle and go under, but we didn’t and we showed good character. I was relatively pleased in the second half, although I think we did look a little bit jaded.

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