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Gaffer On Northampton Town Victory

27 February 2022


Gaffer On Northampton Town Victory

27 February 2022

Manager Robbie Stockdale on Dale's 1-0 win over Northampton Town...

“I’m very pleased,” said the Gaffer.

“I thought, against a team that are very high in the division, we deserved it [the victory]. 

“I thought we played well. I loved our control without the ball and I thought we had a lot of good moments trying to control the game when they had it, and we always looked a threat the other way. 

“Winning the game is obviously pleasing, but I thought the performance was good enough to win it as well.”

And Stockdale said he was pleased with the way his side started the game. 

“It’s not easy playing when you might be a little bit shot on confidence or you can hear criticism on the first pass that you don’t make. But the players started the game well and the fans got behind that. 

“It was important that we built on what turned out to be a really good point [against Port Vale] on Tuesday. I almost got into a position where I was apologising for drawing the game on Tuesday but now you win this one and suddenly has been a really good week for us.

“There has been a seven points return for us, and it just shows how important those points are when you’re not playing well.”

What pleased Boss most about the performance? 

“Obviously we made some changes. I remember when first got the job that I mentioned that it was going to take everybody to contribute. 

“We’ve got a hell of a fixture list coming up - we’ve still got loads of games in hand on teams around us, so it was just to freshen up and, to be honest, put a bit of experience in the team as well. 

“So Jimmy [Keohane] came back in and Matty Done did very well. They are players who have played here and know what it’s like to play here and embrace that, and I thought on the whole contributed to that. 

“At the end of the game, the fans are singing and are really behind the boys, and it really helped.”

And Stockdale was pleased to see Tahvon Campbell net his second goal for the club since arriving during the January transfer window. 

“It’s great for Tahv. Goal scorers need goals to build confidence but I also think that we got a little bit more support around him [today] and some good interchange of play. 

“We changed our formation a little bit - I know people will look at it and say it was the same but it wasn’t. We recognised where we could maybe get an advantage over Northampton so we played with wider forwards, and it worked because they had to change shape a couple of times in the game. That’s credit to the coaching staff for highlighting something. 

“But going back to Tahv, he’s going to be a really good player. He’s a good player now, but he’s going to get better and better the fitter he gets, working with us day in and day out. 

“Him and Luke will complement each other really well in terms of where they are on the pitch so really pleasing that he’s got himself a goal.”

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