BUNNEY IS BUOY­ANT, WHILE HURST’S BLOOD BOILS OVER

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Chris Robertshaw

THIS year has been one of trans­for­ma­tion for Joe Bunney but the newly-con­verted full-back is con­fi­dent Rochdale are only go­ing one way – up.

Dale made it ten wins on the bounce at home as early strikes from Ian Hen­der­son and Steven Davies set them up for suc­cess against strug­gling Shrews­bury.

Bunney, a livewire throug has out, has earned rave re­views af­ter mak­ing the un­likely switch from a striker to full-back, but the 23-year-old re­vealed he was only too happy to lis­ten to boss Keith Hill’s wis­dom.

think I strug­gled when I was up front re­ceiv­ing the ball with my back to goal,” he said.

“But I feel like my back-up play from be­hind the ball is good and I’m en­joy­ing pro­vid­ing goals well as try­ing to score them. I’ve been here for four years now and the club just keeps pro­gress­ing and pro­gress­ing.

“It’s a snow­ball ef­fect, we’re all buy­ing into the gaffer’s philoso “I

phy and it’s get­ting us to where we are now.

“If we pick up our away form I’m sure we’ll be chal­leng­ing at the end of the sea­son.

“I’m happy to play wher­ever; I al­ways give it my all. I played well against Fleet­wood and then Bolton and I’m tak­ing it in my stride now.”

The Shrews nearly took a shock early lead, but Con­rad Lo­gan made a fine stop from Shaun Whal­ley while one-on-choose one. Dis­as­ter struck at the other end mo­ments later as Mat Sadler’s at­tempted pass from the back re­bounded off Davies, and the de­flec­tion re­leased Hen­der­son to sup­ply a clin­i­cal fin­ish.

But the sec­ond ar­rived in con­tro­ver­sial cir­cum­stances, as Shrews keeper Jayson Leutwiler ap­peared to have the ball in his grasp only for Hen­der­son to prise the ball out and set up Davies for a tap-in.

Fum­ing Shrews boss Paul Hurst, who also claimed Davies was off­side, said:” I have to say it’s ab­so­lute in­com­pe­tence – it’s not even close to be­ing on­side.

“They say ‘it’s al­right’. I don’t know if they re­alise that it’s peo­ples’ liveli­hoods at stake.

“You get the an­swers back that ‘I’ll ex­plain’ there’s noth­ing to ex­plain!

“There are three rea­sons why it could be not given and they to ig­nore them.” Dale re­mained in con­trol for much of the match and Ivan Toney’s ef­fort five min­utes from time was too lit­tle, too late for the away side. “Ar­guably within that first five min­utes, ev­ery­thing we spoke about- strengths, weak­nesses – they all came to the fore,” added Hurst. “To say I am dis­ap­pointed would be an un­der­state­ment.”

PIC­TURES: Mark Do­herty/ProS­ports

BAT­TLE AT THE TOP: Iron’s Harry Tof­folo and Bolton man Sammy Ameobi tus­sle for the ball

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