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Not Good Enough - Bentley

26 March 2023


Not Good Enough - Bentley

26 March 2023

Jim Bentley says Dale simply weren’t good enough in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Crawley Town.

Two first-half goals for the hosts condemned Dale to defeat, as Crawley extended the gap between the two sides to ten points.

The Dale boss admits things are looking bleak in relation to EFL survival.

“I’m responsible for the players,” said Bentley.

“I’ve stuck by them. Since the turn of the year, there have been some real strong performances, we haven’t always got what we’ve deserved.

“But we’ve come up short today. We haven’t been good enough, with or without the ball. It was a big, big game. Will I take responsibility? Yes. I’ll apologise to the fans. I deserved all the criticism because they are my players, but the players have got to be accountable as well.

“It’s not what we’ve been. We didn’t deserve anything today. It’s very disappointing. We’re not throwing the towel in but we’re in a terrible position.

“It’s looking bleak, but there are always mad moments in football. It’s the loneliest place in the world being a manager, certainly when you’re bottom of the league. We’ve squoze every ounce out of the group that we can do, and we’ll continue to do that. I certainly won’t throw the towel in.”

Bentley reserved praise for the 366 Dale supporters who made the journey to the Broadfield Stadium.

“The club has had a lot of doom and gloom over the last few years but I can only speak positively about the fans. I’m open to criticism because I’m in charge of the group and I take that.

“I spoke to someone yesterday who was leaving at half seven this morning, spending his hard-earned money, and we’ve let them down today. The fans have travelled in great numbers, they’ve got behind us, but we haven’t served up enough.

“We’ve let them down and I’m sorry about that, but we’ve got to make sure we stick together and do keep going.”

Watch Bentley’s full post-match interview below via our official YouTube channel.

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