Date: 16th September 2013 at 8:55pm
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Alan Knill has said our performance against Rochdale showed massive improvements and a reasonable response following our thumping 4-1 loss against Fleetwood.

Knill had demanded that the team be more competitive and not repeat the performance we saw against Fleetwood, and although we lost 1-0, he was far more pleased with how the team responded – especially as on reflection it wouldn’t have been harsh on Rochdale had we shared the points with them.

Speaking to the Official Site the manager explained.

‘It was better than last week and we’ve worked hard at being more competitive, which is what we were, but we lacked that bit of quality when we needed it.’

Knill was pleased with how we approached the game, defended and attacked it was just that lack of a clinical edge that cost us a point in the end, and some would argue all three points possibly as it was an Ian Henderson error that handed them the winner ultimately.

‘We just need to score, simple as that. We need to be more clinical in front of goal. If we score first, it makes the game very different.’

Knill said he went in at half time very happy with how the game stood, and he felt at that stage it had 0-0 written all over it, but one ball given away gave them the goal and that’s his only real disappointment from the game. Even then though, he had to admit that when Aaron Downes went for the header he thought it was going to be a nailed on goal, but typical of our luck at the moment it went straight to the keeper.

So back to the training pitch and the hope that a good few sessions for the strikers gives them that confidence to get us that openly goal and lift everybody.

We’ve a week to prepare for Cheltenham who are struggling by their own standards this season, but it won’t be an easy game and we’ll definitely have to perform better than we have done for a while if we want to take all three points from the game.