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Alex Rodman post Oldham Athletic

22 January 2017

Wingers thoughts after the win over Oldham

Town battled their way to a second consecutive 1-0 home win, as another Freddie Ladapo goal was enough to beat Oldham Athletic.

Ladapo struck mid-way through the second half to give Town the lead, after he had earlier had a goal controversially chalked off for offside.

Alex Rodman is another of Paul Hurst’s January signings who has impressed since coming into the side, and after another good performance the wide man spoke to the press.

“It was a great performance,” he said.

“After a fantastic win last week against Bradford – today was huge – it was a six pointer. You don’t like to put pressure on yourself before a match but we all knew how important today was.

“I think right from the off we were up for it, I think we were the better team and I think we thoroughly deserved the three points.

“We said at half time that we needed to keep going and keep pressuring and we came out and did that. We worked hard as a team to make sure we got another three points which is really valuable to us.”

Ladapo’s first ‘goal’ came after 31 minutes when he turned in Shaun Whalley’s cross, only for it to be disallowed after lengthy discussions between referee Mike Haywood and his assistant.

“Freddie said he was giving it for offside but to me it looked like Shaun was level with him. Shaun and Freddie are adamant that it wasn’t offside.

“You want those things to go for you and sometimes they don’t when you’re down there. But it didn’t stop us and we got the three points anyway.

Rodman praised Town’s Crystal Palace loanee who now has two goals in his last two games for Town.

“The big man is on fire and long may it continue – two winners in two weeks – we’ll take that and hopefully he can keep going.

“I was going to jump on his back but I thought I’d let him do his dance – he’s got this thing where he needs to do a little jig after scoring but I don’t mind as long as he keeps scoring and we keep winning.”

Rodman also paid homage to the rest of the dressing room and the management staff who have welcomed him into the dressing room – which he believes has been the catalyst for his own good form.

“It’s down to the gaffer and Doigy having the belief in me and the confidence to play me.

“The changing room’s been really welcoming – we’re all pulling in the same direction. I think there’s been a real sense of togetherness and team spirit which I think’s got us few the last few games.

“We’re fighting for each other and working hard for each other on the pitch and that’s why we’re turning in some good performances and getting the results we are.”

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