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Must Do Better In Key Moments - Bentley

8 January 2023


Must Do Better In Key Moments - Bentley

8 January 2023

Jim Bentley says Dale have to do better in key moments in order to start picking up wins.

His side gained a second successive point, in a 1-1 draw with Newport County at the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday.

The gaffer was pleased with the way his side started but rued the conceding of a goal straight after half-time.

“I thought it was an eventful game,” said Bentley.

“I think both sides went after each other at different stages of the game and both wanted to try and win.

“I thought we were excellent from the start, I thought we got on the front foot and we had an opportunity where Bally burst through and just seemed to lose his footing at the wrong time.

“Danny Lloyd got in but didn’t catch his shot as well as he would have wanted - it was two routine saves for the ‘keeper.

“They came back into it and asked a couple of questions of us and we had to defend our box at times, and Rich [O’Donnell] has made a couple of saves.

“We’ve asked questions of them and Dev [Rodney] has scored a good goal and that’s what he’s capable of.

“He scored a similar one at Doncaster coming off the left and onto his powerful right foot, and you’re thinking, ‘yeah, great - it’s a good start and you’re happy with that’ but you want to get your foot on the gas and make it two and we had opportunities to do that.

“The big one obviously falls to Liam Kelly where it’s a good bit of play and it looks like an open goal. Liam is probably our most creative player and he put it wide, so that’s the inconsistencies of where we are at the minute.

“Where we could give ourselves a cushion and really lift everyone’s spirits and build more momentum, we go into half-time 1-0 up and we speak about areas that are doing well.

“One thing we did speak about was discipline, silly fouls, and from 30 seconds in, when you’re 1-0 up you shouldn’t be giving the away side an opportunity after 20 seconds to load the ball in your box because that’s their strength. As a team, we’ve shot ourselves in the foot in that one moment. 

“There are loads of positives to be taken. It’s not all doom and gloom, it’s not all panic.

“We’re not in a healthy position and there has to be concern, but there can’t be panic at this present moment. There are 22 games left to play.

“We’ve got to do better in the key moments. We’ve got to be more robust, defend our box better, make better decision and make sure we don’t give teams opportunities to gain momentum.

“If we can do that it gives us a foundation to go up the other end and create opportunities to score goals and win games.

“We’ve asked questions of Newport today, but it wasn’t to be. We need three points, but we’ve got a point, and we’ll pick the bones out of it and go again on Tuesday.”


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