Anderson late show cheers up Cob­blers

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Michael Hale

ROCHDALE man­ager Keith Hill re­fused to sin­gle out any of his play­ers for crit­i­cism af­ter Paul Anderson’s 93rd-minute equaliser earned Northamp­ton a point.

Nathaniel Men­dezLaing’s long-range ef­fort seemed to have sealed the points for Dale, but Anderson cap­i­talised on some sloppy de­fend­ing to score late in the game.

How­ever, Dale boss Hill was not go­ing to start lam­bast­ing his play­ers de­spite ad­mit­ting the draw felt like a loss af­ter the game.

He said: “We had chances in the last 15 min­utes where we could have gone on and won it 2-0.

“When the op­po­si­tion goal­keeper has the ball in his hands it rep­re­sents a chance in the English game be­cause of the di­rect style of cer­tain teams. We had play­ers out of po­si­tion but I am not go­ing to point the fin­ger and I didn’t go into the dress­ing room rant­ing and rav­ing af­ter the game.

“The lads are very flat, very dis­ap­pointed. We haven’t been beaten but it feels like a de­feat when you con­cede in the last sec­onds of the game.”

Ian Hen­der­son and Marc Richards were both wide of the tar­get at ei­ther end as the first half ended with­out any clear chances.

Men­dez-Laing en­sured that would not be the case in the sec­ond as his curl­ing

ef­fort from the edge of the box found the top cor­ner.

Anderson’s low ef­fort re­bounded off the post be­fore the same player was de­nied by a bril­liant Con­rad Lo­gan save.

Hen­der­son fired over for the hosts and Anderson was some­how stopped again for Northamp­ton, this time by Har­ri­son McGa­hey.

But he was not go­ing to be de­nied for a fourth time as he latched onto a goal kick and chipped Lo­gan in the dy­ing mo­ments.

Cob­blers boss Justin Ed­in­burgh was full of praise for his man of the mo­ment as his side picked up a hard-fought point. He said: “I thought it was prob­a­bly what we de­served and I’m pleased for Paul be­cause I thought he was the cat­a­lyst for a lot of our good at­tack­ing play.

“He was un­lucky on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions but credit to the play­ers, they’ve gone right til the end and it was a well-earned and wellde­served point. We’ve cer­tainly been get­ting stronger on our trav­els.

“I thought we looked re­ally strong and tight in our shape with­out the ball. We were a bit loose with pos­ses­sion. There were a cou­ple of balls which we could’ve slipped through and maybe got a bet­ter re­sult.”


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