Must be pretty daunting for him, and I bet he's going through a rollercoaster of emotions, switching from a family club to the Premier League club. Interesting piece showing the young lad turning up at Wolves, going through the official business end stuff, meet and greet, signing and fitness tests.
Dale's quick passing and movement, has been effective and slicker in recent games all over the pitch. I think it's starting to pay off.
Judging by today's game, we seem to be getting the balance of keeping possession attune with, dangerous forward momentum. Ryan's at his best, Dooley the engine room and the link to putting the opposition under pressure. So glad to see him back.
No lone wolf. The players worked for the full 90 as a team. Strong down the right hand side. Players getting into space. Matherson on an overlapping run, racing down the wing on the right side. Today a few time's he was looking out for Wilbraham. What a great quick thinker and nice deliverer of the ball. We are so fortunate to have his quality at the moment.
Nice to go into the Newcastle game showing some decent form and confidence.
I'm feeling disappointed with a 3rd loss on the bounce. Ipswich was very strong disciplined side with good passing skills and concentration. With our budget and small(physically too) squad were always going to have to fight and get that bit of luck, to beat teams these championship material teams.
This said it was a great first half by Dale, playing at tempo, we very close to getting something out of the game, Matheson was like lightening down the wing however Done missed chances again. Nice to see Pyke back, I do rate him but doesnt seem to do enough, he disappeared later in the game may be fatigue. Very entertaining half though
2nd half it was different story again. Wish we could play great for at 3/4 of the game. And also have players to come on that change a game instead of making it worse. Unfortunately with each substition the quality of play deteriorates.
Onto the next. The heads haven't dropped yet and they are still trying and playing for BBM..we need to play some sh1t teams and get our mojo back.
Noticeable is the goal celebrations, I wonder if the camarade is better this year. I'm not reading too much into it, but there doesn't seem as much punching the air.... all pile ons..corner flag jiggles..for Dale goals
Turned out a well-earned result the beers are tasting sweeter this Saturday evening. Barry made some good changes in defence today by blooding the new signing.
Mcshane lacked a little pace but looked solid and dependable, safe and trustworthy. Early days, but he's going to be a crowd favourite if he can carry this through in the coming matches, and hopefully his coolness will rub off on his teammates.
Tons of experience to pass on, Mathesons an intelligent lad and it will be interesting to see the sensai and the trainee playing together, hopefully, he will learn lots from Mcshane.
Running out of position and making silly mistakes. We need Henderson back to his best to match his goal-fest of last season.
He may find his form, with quicker service, but needs the players to be spotting his runs as he does try to breach the defence, always looking for that through pass. But it seems, only the creativity of Morley, Rathbone or Matheson are the players, to possibly unlock a run through on goal.
Camps could help more. Great player on his day. Felt his demeanour appeared maybe a bit negative today. There were a few times he could have had a go at goal and didn't. Also passing it back instead of moving it forward putting pressure on their defence instead of finding a route through for Hendo.
It's not just Camps a few of the other players need to look up and read the game better and look round for more passing options. As we can do it on our day.
Although Hendo is Captain, I think Rathbone would deserve the responsibility in the future. He is a genuine Dale hero who deserves every penny of his wage, for the shift he puts in. Pissing Down or a Tuesday night borefest, he always turns up for a fight.
Game 1. Cannot get better than a win away from home with so much anticipation on how this seasons going to pan out.
With our new Manager learning on the job, it's going to be an interesting journey and hopefully a good one.
It's a welcome change he has a humble personality instead of an ego. Early doors but Brian's got the players playing for him. Some great passing and possession and a reflection of the hard work on the training ground.
It's a thin squad and injuries to any key player could break the momentum. However. Good times!! :-) Roll on the home game.
Anyone else purchases stuff when getting a bit giddy. I'll not get to more than half the games and purchased one for 20 years ...however, booked my season ticket Block E row G main stand. Daaaale...Littleborough's BBM Barmy Army. Hope the main stands warm, cuddly and vegan-free.