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Roberts delighted with three points at Spotland

28 December 2014

Skipper opened the scoring in the first half

Captain Mark Roberts was delighted with the way his Fleetwood Town team responded with a win away at Rochdale this afternoon.

The skipper got on the score sheet early on to give Town the advantage in Greater Manchester, before Josh Morris doubled the lead to earn all three points.

It was the first victory since the 15th November for Graham Alexander’s side, and one that was fully deserved against an in-form Dale outfit.

Roberts said: “There’s a big satisfaction in the dressing room as we’ve missed that winning feeling. A lot of our performances recently have probably merited wins, but until you get those three points you carry on searching, so we’re delighted with the result and the manner of the performance.

“It’s a really nice feeling to score, and this ground is becoming a favourite of mine as I scored here last year too.”

Roberts stated that Town could have had even more goals on another day, but was happy with the three points, and felt Stephen Dobbie played a big part.

“Dobbs came in today and played a different role just behind the strikers which gave us a massive attacking incentive. Everybody played their part in a really good win though.

“We could have had a hatful, especially in that first half, as we seemed to be causing them all sorts of problems.

“When you’re a couple to the good you just want to hit them on the break and maybe get that third, fourth and fifth goal, but we wanted to make sure we shut up shop first and it was important to keep that clean sheet.

Roberts also paid testament to goalkeeper Chris Maxwell who produced a number of fine saves to keep the Cod Army in the game.

“We have been defending really well as a team, but have conceded the odd goal here and there, however I thought Maxy was superb today and pulled off three or four great saves.

“Rochdale are a quality outfit and there’s been a few games this year where they’ve scored threes and fours, so we knew they had that capability and movement about them. Maxy saw the danger though and that’s why he’s such a good goalkeeper.”

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