Clough scores on Rochdale home debut
Wednesday 5th September 2018 @ 15:23 by Mark Phillip

Former Audenshaw School pupil Zach Clough scored on his home debut for Rochdale on Tuesday.

The striker, who has joined the club on a season-long loan from Nottingham Forest, helped Dale secure a 2-1 victory over local rivals Bury in the Checkatrade Trophy at Spotland.

Clough, 23, set Dale on their way in the 17th minute, before Matty Gillam added a second minutes later. Bury reduced the deficit from the penalty spot with 20 minutes remaining, but they couldn’t muster an equaliser and Dale held out for their first three points in the competition.

In many respects the signing of Clough is considered a massive coup for Dale, as the former Bolton Wanderers favourite made a £3 million move to the City ground a year and a half ago. He established himself in the first team under former manager Gary Brazil, but was soon out of favour once Aitor Karanka took the managerial vacancy last season.

Karanka made it clear to Clough that he would not be part of his plans, and so a loan move to another club was the best course of action.

Sceptics will argue that Clough, who has Championship pedigree, should be playing at a higher level than League One, while others will reason that the loan move could reinvigorate a promising career.

Following his move last week, Clough said he’s aiming to score some goals in Dale’s quest to move up the table: “I’m used to the drama now” he said. ” This is the third window I’ve moved somewhere on deadline day, so I’m used to it and I was expecting something to happen because a lot of things happen for me at the last minute,” said the forward.

“It was an easy decision for me to come here. I wanted to go and prove myself again in League One.

“I spoke to the manager, who seemed really good, and I’ve also heard a lot of good things about him from other managers, so I can’t wait to work for him and hopefully improve as a player.

“I’ve played at this level and although I’m still quite young, hopefully I can bring a bit of experience.

“My aim is to get myself back on the scoresheet, kick on and hopefully get this club up the league and fighting for promotion, so hopefully I can excite the fans and score some goals.”

Picture and Quotes: Rochdale AFC