22nd June 2019, 11:51
Calland left with positive vibes despite Eagles defeat.
Hornets head coach Matt Calland was left with positive thoughts after Friday night’s clash with Sheffield despite his side being on the wrong side of a 46-24 scoreline.
Debutant Kyle Shelford put in a man of the match performance as Dan Abram, Brandon Wood and Callum Marriot got on the scoresheet at the Olympic Legacy park.
However, the Eagles pulled away in the second half but the visiting faithful were left with good vibes ahead of next weekend’s clash with local rivals Swinton.
“I’m very frustrated, I thought we played better than we have been playing,” Matt Calland told Rochdale Hornets.
“I thought that try before half time killed us, out game management was poor. We just needed to complete that set and we go in at half time in front.
“It’s definitely a step in the right direction and obviously disappointing to lose the game which I thought we could have won.”
Shelford who signed from Swinton Lions earlier in the week pulled on the red, white and blue for the first time and left the boss impressed along with the travelling fans.
“There were some really good performances, I was really impressed with Kyle Shelford on his debut I thought he was outstanding."
“Callum Marriot has played 80 minutes at prop and scored two tries and there’s a lot of positives to pick out of that game even though we were beat, it’s a good step forward.
“Our discipline was very poor, I think we conceded 12/13 penalties, we were running at about 60% ball control. If we can improve in those two area’s show the same effort and enthusiasm then we are definitely heading in the right direction.”
After a string of poor results as of recent, Calland paid tribute to the Hornets fans who travelled on Friday night and was pleased with their continued support as well as giving an injury update concerning Ben Moores.
“I’d like to pay tribute to the fans, obviously the last three of four games have been awful, the ones who came tonight it really means a lot to us and they really got behind us.
“He (Moores) pulled his calf in training, and had to drop out and didn’t want to risk it on this pitch and didn’t want to risk any long term injury.”
Rochdale are back in action at the Crown Oil Arena next Sunday as they take on local rivals Swinton Lions.