Cool heads key to turnaround
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!”