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Eyre credits half time reset for win at Rochdale

2 October 2022

Rovers assistant manager Steve Eyre credited a half time reset with sparking the win at Rochdale.

Goals from Kieran Agard and George Miller helped Rovers to a 2-1 triumph at the Crown Oil Arena.

After a competitive opening 45 minutes, Rovers edged themselves ahead after the break, with Eyre revealing that a reminder of the game plan at the break put them on the right track.

Eyre on the manner of the victory:

“I thought it was a really hard working team performance.

“The obvious thing going into the game was that Rochdale are bottom of the Football League. What was less obvious was why and we had to do a lot of research into their weaknesses.

“Our manager did that superbly through the week. We worked on a lot of stuff and we did it through analysis, meetings and in training. We credit the manager for that.

“And then the lads carried it out superbly. We could have been 2-0 up after five minutes and 4-1 up at half time.

“It’s a great win for us because we do think Rochdale will improve. Jim Bentley is a really good, experienced manager and a lad I’ve known since he was a teenager as an apprentice at Manchester City. Nick Chadwick is a really good coach too.

“I expect them to improve so to get them today and win was really good for us.”

On missing early chances:

“There was no problem starting the game and imposing ourselves on it. We’re away from home and we respect the opposition. They kicked into gear and realised they’d had more than a lifeline, recognising they could have been 2-0 down.

“You can galvanise your team around that and I think that is what Rochdale did with the relief. They grew and shared the contest with us.

“I think we deservedly took the lead and they deservedly equalised.

“But some good words from the manager at half time, revisiting the original game plan and then some caring words to a couple of the lads to calm things down, we would go on to score the winner.”

On George Miller’s winner:

“Genuinely, it’s a move that we work on in training - the blindside run, front foot pass.

“Kyle Knoyle is now playing ever so well in both halves of the pitch. He looks after left wingers but he’s also a threat going forward.

“And I think George Miller is one of the best in the league at keeping going through adversity. He keeps running. The fact he could have scored two goals in the opening five minutes, it’s a measure of the man that he didn’t let it bother him and he ended up getting the winner.

“I had a feeling he would.”

On finding consistency in performances:

“We’re not there yet, at this moment in time. It’s a bit of a cliche but three points is all it is.

“We’re straight onto Hartlepool almost immediately.

“The three defeats didn’t concern us. It was three defeats in 12 days - that’s not a crisis, it’s a bad 12 days.

“Three good victories in the next 12 days, we’re not getting carried away with it. It’s one at a time.

“We’re clearly building something but I think with the talent at our disposal, it’s clear the best is in front of this team and we’ve got a lot to look forward to.”

On Joseph Olowu’s injury:

“It’s not great at all. Until he’s been fully checked over and examined by medical experts, I wouldn’t like to guess what it is.

“But he’s suffering eye socket and cheekbone swelling.

“We won this game for the football club, but especially for him.”

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