Assistant Head Coach, Jamie McAllister, faced the press following the win over Rochdale. Here’s what he had to say…
“They're a good side who move the ball well. Their rotations are very good. It was a difficult game but the lads gave us a chance with another clean sheet and we know we've always got goals in the team. It is two terrific deliveries and two good goals. You've always got a good chance when you win the battle in both boxes and that's what we've been doing of late. That's down to the team collectively, defending well and being organised out of possession. They caused us problems but Burgey made a couple of good saves and Ollie Younger made a terrific clearance before half time. It was a difficult game but the boys managed it well after we went 2-0 up, I thought.”
“Dion and Luke of them have been excellent, first class. It was nice to see Dion getting on the end of things as we work on that a lot in training. And the big man has been brilliant up front. He's given us a platform to play off, he runs in behind and his touch is good. His all-round game is excellent, even his defending from set plays. It all comes from his work in training. He's full of confidence and the service in to him was good.”
"He was steady eddie for us. We've got total trust and belief in Ollie, he's been training really well and I thought it was a very accomplished debut. We just felt that we needed to change the shape a bit. He's shown that from day one of us coming in, that we can trust him. He's been first class in training. He's strong and powerful, good 1-v-1, and he just loves defending, he has a great attitude on that. Steady on the ball, too. We were looking forward to seeing him today, getting him in the side. There've been a few games where we've almost put him in, but we didn't just for different reasons. He handled it really well today. We're trying to build partnerships all over the pitch because it's such an important part of the game. Dion and Luke have been excellent. We knew it would help with Dion alongside him as well because he's been such a good communicator of late. You miss that when Bailey Wright or Granty don't play. Dion has stepped up and been excellent on that."