Writer: Site Staff
Date:Tuesday February 11 2014
Manager Keith Hill has hailed the players for coping with the conditions during the Wimbledon game and playing the right way to pick up all three points.
Rochdale won the game at Kingsmeadow thanks to three goals from Scott Hogan, and having already showered him with praise, Hill turned his attention to the match when speaking to the Official Site.
'It was a difficult task to come down here and manage the game correctly under the conditions. The pitches aren't great at this time of year, although I do believe that this pitch was a lot better than a lot, so I'm pleased with the way that we managed the game.'
Hill says with the rain pouring over the weeks, the game was never going to be a 'great spectacle' but he felt we withstood their threats well and nullified them at set pieces, which had been highlighted as we prepared for the game.
The gaffer goes on to say that really he feels we should've been ahead within the first 45 minutes although he does accept had we taken that chance it probably would've been against the run of play at the time, but as the game continued, especially second half, we got on top of things and moved the ball about better, and ultimately got our just rewards.
'Arguably it could have been more, but it was tremendous from Scotty Hogan.'
Following the win Rochdale find themselves still in fourth place in the league but only one point outside of the automatic promotion places and we do of course have a game in hand.
The aim for Hill now is to simply build on that and keep taking each match as it comes to continue the success we have had so far this season and to obviously continue developing as a team.
With 17 games left there is certainly points to be won and an automatic place as long as we stay consistent isn't out of bounds, but equally we must maintain our focus as there are plenty of games left to blow what we have achieved so far.
Hill adds though that we are under no pressure whatsoever at the moment, as he feels the pressure should be on those teams with money and those tagged as favourites, because as far as he's concerned simply being in this position at this stage of the campaign is 'success in itself.'
Date:Tuesday February 11 2014
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