Josh Falkingham delighted as Harrogate Town deal with disappointment the right way to win 4-1 at Rochdale

Josh Falkingham praised Harrogate Town's coolness, character and positivity to come from 1-0 down and beat Rochdale 4-1.

Dale took a seventh-minute lead against the run of play through James Bell, knowing victory a home win would move them above Harrogate at the bottom of League Two.

But the Sulphurites held their nerve and came out winners.

"It was a tough start," acknowledged Falkingham. "Their goal was against the run of play. We kept calm, we kept cool, knowing we'd started the game quite well.

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PRESSURE ON: Harrogate Town captain Josh FalkinghamPRESSURE ON: Harrogate Town captain Josh Falkingham
PRESSURE ON: Harrogate Town captain Josh Falkingham

"We are going to suffer disappointments and throughout this season if we're totally honest we haven't properly dealt with those moments. You've got to take a deep breath – we were playing well.

"Lads could quite easily have gone under. We were at this stadium last season and threw a 3-1 lead away (to draw 3-3)."

The previous weekend’s FA Cup exit at Hartlepool United added to the pressure.

"It's constantly on your mind,” admitted Falkingham, “all week you're playing it through knowing you're going into a really big game.”

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The victory, which featured two goals and an assist for Luke Armstrong, put a five-point gap between Harrogate and the relegation zone.

"We have been really positive in the camp," insisted Falkingham. "It's been difficult but you have to be positive.

"We've been on a run of performances where we feel results could have been stronger but on Saturday we definitely backed up the performance with a result.

"Our record away from home is nowhere near good enough and the pressure was on."