Run could play on mind: Hill

Rochdale Observer - - TRAVEL -

KEITH Hill said Rochdale’s win­less start to the sea­son was pos­si­bly play­ing on some play­ers’ minds – but in­sisted unity was the key to kick­start­ing the cam­paign.

“It prob­a­bly does weigh heav­ily on the play­ers, prob­a­bly more on them than it does on me,” he said fol­low­ing Satur­day’s 3-0 loss against Black­burn. “Play­ers have got to be care­ful, they have got to stay united and when you are los­ing matches it is very dif­fi­cult to be united. But there has to be a unity in what we are try­ing to achieve. If we don’t con­tinue our unity then you’re in real trou­ble.

“We were in the same po­si­tion this time last year and there is no guar­an­tee of any­thing at Rochdale other than we try our very best and we’ll con­tinue to do that. But it’s dif­fi­cult be­ing a player con­fi­dence-wise and prob­a­bly fit­ness-wise for one or two.”

Hill is hav­ing to con­tend with ill­ness, in­juries and sus­pen­sions, but re­fused to fall back on them as ex­cuses.

“There’s many a man­ager sat in pubs now with­out a job say­ing ‘if only them play­ers were fit, I didn’t have that red card, if only!’ The fact of the mat­ter is you are judged on the matches and we were in­fe­rior to what I con­sider to be the best team in the league,” he said. “I’m not putting any pres­sure on Tony Mow­bray, but when you look at the play­ers they’ve got and they are bring­ing Danny Gra­ham off the bench, who cost them £2.5 mil­lion, it’s a to­tally dif­fer­ent foot­ball club and they all turned up. That’s not an ex­cuse, I think we should have done bet­ter but we didn’t.

“We man­aged to get one or two play­ers back on the pitch but now it’s about get­ting back up to speed quickly. But we are miss­ing play­ers, like Ian Hen­der­son he is in­te­gral to the way we play and press and it seems a lot more dif­fi­cult when we don’t have play­ers avail­able to press higher up the pitch.”

Ed­die Gar­vey

Joe Bun­ney was back in the start­ing line up for Dale

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