Cool heads key to turn­around

Rochdale Observer - - TRAVEL -

KEITH Hill in­sisted it was time for every­one to hold their nerve fol­low­ing Rochdale’s de­feat by League One favourites Black­burn Rovers.

Satur­day’s 3-0 de­feat at the hands of a slick Rovers side pro­longed Dale’s win­less start to the sea­son.

Hill’s men were six games into the cam­paign ahead of last night’s match against Don­caster Rovers at the Crown Oil Arena, with three points from three draws to their name so far.

It has been a tough open­ing to the sea­son with in­juries, ill­ness, sus­pen­sions and player de­par­tures all tak­ing their toll on the squad.

But Hill said now was the time for every­one at the club to keep their cool – in­clud­ing him­self.

“Black­burn were very clin­i­cal on the mis­takes that we made. That’s where I am prob­a­bly a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent from Tony (Mow­bray), I have got to try to see the wood within the trees be­cause I have got to try to de­velop these play­ers to the sort of stan­dard the op­po­si­tion are op­er­at­ing at, not just in­di­vid­u­ally, but as a team.

“When we are at our best, we do.

“But as we’ve seen this sum­mer, three of the play­ers who were play­ing for us last sea­son are now play­ing Cham­pi­onship foot­ball, and that con­tin­ual cy­cle is in­evitable and every­one has to un­der­stand that, me in­cluded.

“If we don’t un­der­stand that and if I don’t keep my cool I think it could be un­or­gan­ised chaos that erupts at the club. We’ve seen it be­fore when the club was rel­e­gated and that was a com­bi­na­tion of peo­ple not hold­ing their nerve.

“With re­spect to my­self, am I wor­ried? I’m al­ways wor­ried, ev­ery day of the week!”

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