Barry Roche column: Plenty of positives in Rochdale defeat

Jamie Devitt looks to regain possession. Picture: Mike Williamson
Jamie Devitt looks to regain possession. Picture: Mike Williamson
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Going to hig h-flying Rochdale on Saturday was never going to be an easy task but in my opinion we were the better side for large periods of the game.

They had a lot of the ball in the opening half hour without really causing us that many problems.

We did probably score against the run of play, not that it really matters to us.

What matters is conceding a goal so soon after taking the lead.

We should have shut up shop for five to 10 minutes and not given Rochdale a way back into the game so soon.

After the break it felt more like we were the team playing at home with our opponents relying more on counter attacking football.

They caused us little to no problems and were more than a touch fortunate with their winning goal.

Andy Parrish got a good foot in to clear the ball only for it to hit their lad’s leg (Ian Henderson) as he was swinging for a shot and ricochet into the back of the net.

But unfortunately when you are a bit down on your luck these things go against you.

The pleasing thing was a very good performance against one of the league’s top sides.

If we perform like that in our remaining games then we won’t go far wrong.