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We’re Looking Forward To A Positive Week - Jim Bentley

11 October 2022

Manager Jim Bentley is “looking forward to a positive week” as Dale look to build on the weekend’s win over Newport County, heading into Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two fixture against Barrow AFC.

Rochdale have now won three out of their last four fixtures in all competitions and the gaffer wants to keep that momentum going. 

“It’s important that we come away [from games] with no regrets, and there’s no regrets today [Saturday]. One or two individuals might have regrets from certain bits of their play or not getting a second or third goal, but overall we’ve had no regrets now. 

“It’s a similar interview to the one I did after Colchester where we then went home the following week and were hoping to get our home campaign up and running and make it [the Crown Oil Arena] a fortress, and it’s important that we try all we can to do that. 

“We need a positive week again. This is one win [Newport County victory], it gets us off the bottom of the league, pulls a few teams into range now so we’ve got to go home and make sure we do all we can to win that game [against Barrow]. That’s what we want to do. We want to build momentum and confidence and an identity. 

“The fans were fantastic today, getting behind us in the sun and singing, and they clapped us off and rightly so. And that’s what we need at home as well. We want to be right for the fans, and we want the fans to get behind the team. Then suddenly you get that atmosphere bubbling and that momentum and confidence going moving forward, and if we can do all that and continue to turn and perform, certainly like without the ball like we did today, we’ll get better and better and we’ll win more games and we’ll get further away from the bottom of the league where we all want to be so we can start looking upwards instead of downwards, and hopefully that’s the case.

“It’s easier said than done but we’re looking forward to a positive week and we’ll go flat out on Saturday to try and win the game.”

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