Young shot-stopper on a rewarding loan experience

Albion goalkeeper Robert Sanchez is eager to force his way back into the Rochdale team after a recent knee injury, and has learned plenty of lessons from his time at the Crown Oil Arena so far.

By James Hilsum • 08 November 2019

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Robert Sanchez in action for Rochdale.

The Spaniard has made 15 appearances for the League One side at the time of writing, which includes the memorable Carabao Cup tie against Manchester United, and Sanchez feels his overall game has improved greatly since making the loan move.

He said, “I had this little injury in my knee a couple of weeks ago, and now I’m looking forward to playing for the team again.

“I’ve had a lot of game time, and played with some very experienced players, which has only helped me to improve. We have been playing well in the league and the cup game against Man United was an unbelievable match for me, and it was by far the biggest game in my career.

“For a League One side to face a team like that, you need everyone to be on their game, and we all put in a great performance.

“I would’ve liked to have done a bit better with the penalties, but to face a team like that and do as well as we did, was brilliant.”

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Brian Barry-Murphy

Sanchez also praised the influence of Dale manager Brian Barry-Murphy, and says that his strong man-management skills are helping to get the best out of everyone in the squad.

“The manager has really helped me. Brian is a great manager that’s been very supportive, and that’s the case when we have a bad game," he continued. 

“He doesn’t scrutinise anyone in particular if they have a bad game. He’s been a player himself and supports everyone. His style of play in terms of playing from the back also suits me, and I’m enjoying my football.

“Now my focus is on training as hard as possible to get back into the team, and start playing again.”

The shot-stopper also spoke about the strong goalkeepers’ union in place at the Greater Manchester club, and commented on the support from fellow keeper Jay Lynch and goalkeeping coach Steve Collis.

“Jay who’s been playing at the moment, is a great character to have and has always been brilliant with me whenever I’ve been playing.

“I love to train with him, and Steve and the goalkeeper coach too. It all feels like home for me and now I want to keep improving and get as much game time as possible at the club.”

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