Work still to do going forwards
DALE may have scored three goals on Saturday, but Keith Hill insists there is still work to be done on their attacking and said they would have to improve for the midweek trip to Blackpool.
“I’m happy with the three points and with certain aspects of the performance – the way we started the game, the energy, the chances we created,” he said. “Everything went for us, which is brilliant, we got the three points and that’s all important – but there is still a lot of work to be done. It was 3-0, it should have been 4-0 with the penalty miss and Brad Inman probably should have had a hattrick.
“So I won’t have a go at the team defensively, but offensively, with the chances we created, we should be scoring more goals.
“We will have to be better against Blackpool.”
And ahead of last night’s clash, Hill heaped praise on Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer, who he felt was sacked far too early by Blackburn Rovers.
“Gary is a great friend of mine and he is an excellent manager,” said Hill.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for him and his dad Ian, who was assistant manager at Plymouth when I played down there.
“In my opinion, Gary has had unsung management success. I think he was brilliant at Blackburn given that he was still able to retain a charge towards the play-off places despite the amount of money he had to take off the budget.
“He was sacked far too early and should never have been sacked.
“When he got his opportunity at Blackpool, I knew he would be successful and he has done a terrific job there. He got them promoted last season and I think they’ll go from strength to strength with him. Blackpool are lucky to have Gary as a manager.”
Joe Rafferty was among Dale’s goalscorers