Dif­fi­cult start to 2017/18 cam­paign

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“Brad did bril­liantly and there have been nu­mer­ous times this sea­son al­ready that he has done that – he’s bril­liant at go­ing past play­ers, he’s so quick and I al­ways gam­ble on him,” said Done.

“I think the shot was go­ing wide so I had to make sure and we’ve got the three points.

“Brad will take all the plau­dits for the as­sist and I’ll take any­thing! It was go­ing across the face of goal so I wasn’t go­ing to take the risk of it go­ing wide.”

There­after, the game be­came a real bat­tle for Dale as Bris­tol picked up their game. But he be­lieves it was just the tonic for Hill’s men.

“It was a right bat­tle, but I think it was what we needed re­ally,” he said.

“The last three re­sults had seen us con­cede at set plays and those goals cost us points in all those games. We’d been lead­ing in the last two games and got pegged back, so to be lead­ing this game we had to make sure we went on to win. We didn’t do that against Northamp­ton on Tues­day so this was a good way to win. It will give us that bit of con­fi­dence – we know we are good enough to play and at some stages in the first half on Tues­day we were good, but we just blew up in the sec­ond half. So to win in the way we did was great in very tough con­di­tions. We came in and it felt a re­ally de­served win.

Next up it’s Ply­mouth away.

“They’re form has not been great and I’m sure they’ll want to turn that around but we needed that win,” added Done.

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