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Stockdale's Post-Match Reaction - Scunthorpe United

20 February 2022


Stockdale's Post-Match Reaction - Scunthorpe United

20 February 2022

Manager Robbie Stockdale on Dale’s 2-1 win over Scunthorpe United…

Rochdale scored two second-half goals to come from behind to secure the points, having gone behind early in the first half. 

“I’m really pleased,” said the Gaffer.

“It was a typical cliche of a game of two halves. We were way off it in the first half and I’ll take responsibility for that.

“I changed a couple of things but our system - and this is nothing against our players at all - didn’t quite do what I expected it would do against what I thought they’d play, so I’ll take that one. 

“We made a tactical change at half-time with Alex Newby coming on and we looked a much better team.

“I think on the overall balance of play, even although we were poor in the first half, there wasn’t an awful lot in it - one set-piece goal, and I thought we were really, really good in the second half. 

“We were the worst version of ourselves in the first half but the best version of ourselves in the second half, so we need to continue that [second half performance]. 

“It - how we start games - is something that we talk about all the time. There were honest words said at half-time and after the game, so hopefully we can go on from this and build some momentum.”

Reflecting on the tactical half-time change, Stockdale commented: “I wanted to change it in terms of how we pressed higher up the pitch. I got it wrong in the first half, so in terms of that, we wanted to have a bit more creativity on there as well. 

“Playing the second half shape meant that we could play either side of their number six. I know everyone goes on about two centre forwards, but in my opinion we actually had three forwards on the pitch in the second half and managed to get a little bit more support to Tahvon. That was our feeling.

“It doesn’t take away that we didn’t pass the ball very well in the first half - it doesn’t matter about shapes or tactics if that’s the case - but I do think when you’re in a moment of difficulty, you, as a player, and I’ve done the same, go into a game almost thinking that you have something to lose.

“You play a little bit scared and a little bit anxious, and we saw last week and today in that it took us to go two goals down against Harrogate and then a goal down today for the shackles to come off a bit and actually play. So, the challenge for me and the challenge for the players is to start games like that and put teams on the back foot, because when we do, we look really good.”

Rochdale equalised six minutes into the second half through Liam Kelly, before Max Taylor won it for Dale six minutes from time to complete the comeback. 

“I thought we got the momentum really quick in the second half. We had so many passages of play that I really enjoyed. 

“We could have scored a couple more and we didn’t really look under any pressure at all.

“There were a couple of free-kicks near the end, but I can’t remember Jay [Lynch] having a save to make in the second half, so that’s pleasing. 

“The challenge is to do it again on Tuesday.”

Watch the Gaffer’s post-match interview in full on iFollow Dale. 


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