The Youth Team's Max Sutton and Anisio Jesus both said it was good to move on from the losses at the start of the season, following Rochdale's 4-0 win over Stockport County on Saturday.
Goals from Paul Kyffin, Bassit Mandey and a double from Jadel Yaduat helped Dale on their way to the emphatic victory over their Greater Manchester rivals, their first league victory of the season.
Both young lads were pleased with the result and praised their team's performance.
“It was good,” said Sutton.
“First 20 minutes, we warmed into it, and we just kept the ball well, played well when we needed to and got the goals that we needed.”
“Once we got the goals, all we needed to do was control the game,” added Jesus.
Whilst Jesus did not get on the scoresheet, he managed to get an assist and had a significant impact on the game.
Jesus said he was delighted with his involvement and that he is ready for anything that his team or manager throw at him. “Yes, I'm pleased with myself, despite me not getting a goal but I got an assist so that’s good,” he said.
“I don’t mind where I play, I’m a winger, I can play on the right or on the left and cut inside,” Jesus added.
Another positive for Dale was the clean sheet and Sutton praised his fellow defenders for their hard work.
“It’s all we can ask for of the back four. We say at the start of every game if we can keep a clean sheet, we can work from that. It's a about then managing the game at the end and keeping them running and that’s what we want every week,” said Sutton.
The 4-0 win was Dale’s first league win in the EFL Youth Alliance and will be a massive confidence boost for the young lads going forward.
Sutton spoke on this and said it is time to move on from the early setbacks.
“It’s good to move on from the start of the season and keep building confidence. We want to keep those performances going and we want to play like this every game and not just against Stockport.”