Rochdale’s unbeaten opening to the season came to an end on Tuesday night, when they were beaten 2-1 by title favourites Sunderland, at Spotland.
Aiden McGeady gave Sunderland the lead against the run of play before Callum Camps levelled five minutes later. The Dale dominated large spells of the second half, bringing out the best of ‘keeper Jon McLaughlin. However, Charlie Wyke finished well in the 58th minute to see Sunderland earn back-to-back wins.
Brian Barry Murphy’s side played very well, outplaying a side with a wage budget probably 10x the size. On another day, with better finishing, they could’ve easily won the game. Let’s pinpoint a couple of positives from the game, for Rochdale fans…
Callum Camps have started the season like a house on fire. A lot of pressure was put on Ian Henderson last season to score their goals, with Camps chipping in, it gives Rochdale a different attacking threat. Camps was brilliant on Tuesday night and took his goal very well. The Northern Irishman has two assists and three assists in just five games this season, which will please Murphy.
The young manager has his side playing attractive, impressive football. Rochdale didn’t just kick Sunderland off the park last night, they outplayed them and opened up their defence a number of times. The Sunderland keeper was excellent, without him and a few better finishes, Rochdale could’ve easily scored three or four last night. If The Dale is mixing it with Sunderland, they’ll win a lot of games this season.
If Rochdale keeps the spine of their team fit, I think they’ll finish in the top six, certainly dark horses.