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Gaffer On Salford City Draw

16 March 2022


Gaffer On Salford City Draw

16 March 2022

Manager Robbie Stockdale gave us his thoughts on Dale’s 1-1 draw with Salford City at the Crown Oil Arena…

James Ball’s first half goal was cancelled out by Matty Lund’s second half header.

“It was a very competitive game. They’ve got some big threats at at the top of the pitch, and I thought in the main, we dealt with that very well,” said the Gaffer.

“You’re talking about a player that they took from a Championship club and [Brandon] Asante is a really top player for this level, so we dealt with that pretty well.

“But we’re disappointed that it was a set-piece goal that we conceded and we miss the best chance in the whole game to win it. I’ve just looked at it back and - James [Ball] himself will say he should score but - it takes a horrendous bobble when you need that bit of luck and a true bounce, and unfortunately that’s where we are with our surface at the minute.

“It was a great move, the best move of the game from both teams. We opened them up and it’s how I want us to play. Unfortunately it’ll go on one of those bloopers for misses but it took a horrendous bobble and now we come away with another point.”

He continued: “We tried something a little bit different tonight in terms of personnel and that alters the way tactics work, so we tried Corey [O’Keeffe] a little bit higher up the pitch to use his pace and his energy. 

“We looked at what Salford do and we felt that they’d go man to man on us because they had done that in previous games, but they didn’t really do that and they kept their back four in tact and then game became where we could maybe - if you want to talk tactical - get a number 10 in the positions which is why I made the change and put Conor in there. 

“Nothing against Corey - I’ll take that on the chin, because when that happened and we went back to type, we did create loads of chances.

“Going back to Bally and the goal - the press at the top end of their pitch was good on that occasion. We didn’t get it right all the time but he has gone through and scored a really good goal. He’s more disappointed that he didn’t score the second one, more so than being happy that he scored the first.”

Stockdale added: "[Jay] Lynchy has played very well in goal and the back three defended ever so well.

“I played big Jim tonight because I knew the pressure of [Matt] Smith was going to be vital. All [the players] come away with ticks in the boxes because it was a real battling, honest, sometimes it wasn’t pretty but sometimes it was, performance. And but for one bobble, we’d be sat here really pleased that we’ve won 2-1.”

Watch the full interview on the club’s YouTube channel. 


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