Dale keeper Taberner earns praise

12 November 2009 10:21
Rochdale boss Keith Hill had praise for debutant teenage goalkeeper Danny Taberner despite Tuesday night's FA Cup exit at home to Luton Town at Spotland.The 16-year-old youth team player replaced the injured Kenny Arthur for the televised first round replay in which Dale went down 2-0 at Spotland. [LNB]But Hill said: "I'm really enthused by his distribution. He brought a little bit of maturity to his performance. [LNB]"It was sink or swim and he definitely swam," Hill told BBC Radio Manchester. [LNB]"He didn't let himself down at all. [LNB]"Hopefully, it'll give him a lot of self belief. He didn't have that much to do. What he did he did tremendously." [LNB]At just 16 years and 147 days, Taberner eclipsed Stephen Bywater by 66 days as the youngest keeper to play for Dale. [LNB]But Zac Hughes, who played against Exeter City in September 1987 aged 16 years and 105 days, remains the youngest to ever play for the club. [LNB]Luton's two goals both came after the break, from veteran Kevin Gallen, who struck twice in 14 minutes to settle the tie. [LNB]Dale had been three down inside half an hour in Saturday's first game at Kenilworth Road, only to fight back with three goals in the final half hour from Craig Dawson and Joe Thompson (2). [LNB]But, despite having chances, this time there was to be no comeback after the Hatters had struck. [LNB]And that left Luton to earn a second round trip to Rotherham, leaving Dale to concentrate on Saturday's home date with League Two promotion rivals Chesterfield (14 November, 1500 GMT).

Source: BBC_Sport