Work still to do go­ing for­wards

Rochdale Observer - - SPORT -

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.”

Richard Heath­cote

Joe Raf­ferty was among Dale’s goalscor­ers

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