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Gaffer's Thoughts On Sutton United

22 October 2021

Robbie Stockdale says he is looking for a level of consistency in his side’s play.

Dale welcome Sutton United to the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday, off the back of two away draws.

Now the gaffer wants his side to put in consistent performances that will turn those draws into wins.

“To come through the other side of two tough away games with two draws is okay,” said Stockdale.

“We’ll take that, especially with the momentum we had going into the games. Now I’m looking for a level of consistency in our play that gets us the three points rather than one.

“The clean sheet and second-half performance on Tuesday was night was really positive for us. We need to build on that and try to get a bit of momentum at home. If we can manage to get a win on Saturday, then that will be a really good week for us.

“The games before those draws, we played poorly in two of them, certainly deserved to lose here against Crawley Town, but we could have easily nicked results in the other games, so it’s been close.

“We need to start better. I’ve been really pleased with our reaction to going behind at Swindon and our reaction to not playing very well in the first half at Salford. I’m hoping that first goal, if it doesn’t go our way, doesn’t shake us as much as it has done previously.

“We want to be positive, try to dictate the play with the ball. I’m quite firm on my data in terms of the physical stats that we need to hit and there’s no excuses not to run hard, but sometimes when that confidence is low you feel a bit restricted in everything that you do.

“We want to take the shackles off a little bit and have a really good go. The crowd will get behind that without a shadow of a doubt and hopefully that will see us through.”

Sutton were beaten by Swindon on Tuesday night but had won their previous five games in all competitions, a run which had seen them reach the playoff spots in their first season in the Football League.

“You’ve got to be impressed [with their start]. They were on a really good run before they met a good Swindon team in the week.

“We’ve done our homework on them, it’s a quick turnaround, so we’ll pick a team that we think can win the game. Make no bones about it, it’s going to be tough.

“There are going to be moments in the game when we’ll have to dig in, which is every game. If we can get that clean sheet, with the forward players that we’ve got, hopefully we can get a positive result.

“There are a couple of bumps and bruises from Tuesday night. The players that missed that game will miss out again. We’ve had the game Tuesday night, off on Wednesday, training Thursday and Friday, then we’ll see who’s available.”

Watch the full interview with Stockdale HERE.

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