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Stendel: "It was an important experience."

Gaffer's thoughts after Dale victory

27 January 2019

Daniel Stendel believes the 2-1 victory over Rochdale showed that his players can win matches in a variety of ways.

Visitors, Rochdale took the lead early in the second half but the Reds came from behind to win, to extend their unbeaten run to eight games and move up to 3rd in the Sky Bet League One table.

The Reds' Head Coach admitted that his side weren't on top form by any stretch of the imagination but was pleased that his team grafted out a victory.

“It was not our best game," Stendel told us, post-match.

"But it's an important win and the three points were the most important thing. Our mentality was good but we lacked a bit of concentration at times.

"We did well to turn the game around. Normally we take the lead and win, but today was a different way to win. We have not won many games when we go behind, so it is an important experience."

Match Reports

Dale Report

26 January 2019

Keith Hill's away side matched the Reds for large spells of the game and whilst the match was hardly a classic for the football purists, Stendel insisted that it can't always be pretty, and was satisfied that his players dug out three points in what he described as a 'dirty' victory.

Stendel said: “It was a fight, even in the last seconds when they nearly scored from a corner. But we were very happy after the final whistle. Sometimes we need dirty victories and this was one of those victories.

"Our goal is to be in the top two positions after 46 games and it is an important win to get us there. I am happy with where we are but we have 18 games to get higher up the table.”

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