Re­venge is served up cold by Clarke

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Cham­bers

JOHN Sheri­dan paid trib­ute to his de­pend­able cap­tain Peter Clarke, af­ter his equaliser con­firmed Old­ham’s sta­tus in League One for an­other sea­son.

Clarke was on the re­ceiv­ing end of an offthe-ball el­bow in the cor­re­spond­ing fix­ture at Spot­land, which landed Calvin An­drew a nine-match ban.

And he got re­venge by nod­ding home a Jamie Stott cross to level an early ef­fort from Cal­lum Camps.

Sheri­dan claimed that Rochdale play­ers were in Clarke’s ear dur­ing the game, be­fore the 35-year-old pro­duced the per­fect on-field re­tort.

“One or two play­ers were try­ing to wind Clarkey up and I saw Ian Hen­der­son try­ing to do that,” said Sheri­dan, who has lifted the club from bot­tom of the ta­ble af­ter com­ing in back in Jan­uary.

“I’m chuffed to bits he scored the goal and you could see he was chuffed as well. He has had a great sea­son and has played ev­ery game.

“It’s a great ef­fort from him and he knows how to look af­ter him­self.

“It’s great to se­cure our sta­tus and to get over the line with a game spare.

“A lot of re­spect should go to the play­ers. We were in a very dif­fi­cult po­si­tion, but they have re­sponded well in the way they have gone about things. The first half was prob­a­bly the worst we have played since I have come back, but we re­sponded in the sec­ond half.”

Rochdale could have been out of sight by half-time.

The ex­cel­lent Nathaniel Men­dezLaing twisted his way past teenage de­fender Stott be­fore cut­ting the ball back into the path of Camps, who lifted the ball into the roof of the net from eight yards.

Ian Hen­der­son went close with a lovely chipped ef­fort that drifted nar­rowly wide, af­ter Ous­mane Fane had botched a shoot­ing chance at the other end.

Old­ham upped their game in the sec­ond half and Stott shaped in a free-kick to the dan­ger area that Clarke met with his head from close-range.

“I’m re­ally pleased we are still in with an op­por­tu­nity of fin­ish­ing in the top six – who would have thought it?” said Rochdale man­ager Keith Hill, whose side are two points adrift of a play-off spot.

“We go into the last game against Bradford full of con­fi­dence and com­mit­ment and to see if we can get the job done.

“We’ll go all out to cre­ate some­thing spe­cial which hasn’t been achieved be­fore at this club. This is an ex­cit­ing po­si­tion to be in.”


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