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Key points: Dempsey's pre-Northampton presser

22 March 2018

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Midfielder Kyle Dempsey faced the media on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s key match against Northampton Town.

Dempsey - who played a huge part in setting up Paddy Madden’s goal at Rochdale - was in an upbeat mood ahead of the Saturday’s game at Highbury.

Here are the key talking points from his press conference….

On the result and performance at Rochdale…

“We just needed that win. You can see from the games we’ve drawn we probably should have won, we’ve had chances to win the games and on Tuesday I feel we put those chances away.

““I feel that we just needed that win, we just needed those goals and it’s given the confidence back to this team.”

On keeping two consecutive clean sheets…

“Massive credit to the defence. They look like a solid unit, they’re not conceding goals.

“I think we’ve looked a lot more solid as a team, we’re looking more of a unit like we did last year, we’re not really conceding the goals like we were before the gaffer came in.”

On his role in the midfield…

“At the start of the season I was more defensive based and I wasn’t ever thinking about linking up the attack.

“When the new manager came in he said he doesn’t really want me thinking too much about the defensive side, he wants me creating things and producing for the attacking players.

“You saw on Tuesday night I got the ball and the first thing I thought was to drive at the defence. It forced the save and we got the goal.

“I feel I can be a lot more attack-minded. Personally I have been lacking assists and goals, I haven’t got any to my name so I feel like in this role its going to allow me to get a lot more assists. Hopefully, more goals will come from me.”

On Northampton…

“It’s another massive game, it’s a chance for us to pull other teams back into the relegation fight.

“All we can concentrate on is getting the three points, its all we can think about. I feel like every time we keep a clean sheet - with the attacking players we’ve got - I feel we are going to score a goal and we are going to win the game.

“They’re down there so it’s going to be a tough battle. I do think if we win our 50-50s we will come out on top but I do feel it’s going to be a tough battle.”

On aiming to get a first home win since October…

“I feel that if they have watched the games since the new gaffer has been in charge they can see we are creating a lot chances and we really should have won those games.

“I feel like if we can get the win on Saturday which I do think we will then it will be massive for the fans and massive for us a team.”

On facing former team-mate Chris Long…

“It will be nice to see Longy again but he’s just treated as the opposition on Saturday, not as a mate. If I have a chance I’ll go right through him!”

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