Light at end of tunnel for Dale
ROCHDALE boss Keith Hill is seeing light at the end of the tunnel with players returning from illness and injury.
Dale’s start to the season has been severely hindered by key players being unavailable for selection.
It has meant Hill’s preparation and planning for games has suffered and the club’s campaign has taken some time to really ignite.
But in Saturday’s 3-0 win against Gillingham, their second successive home win in League One, there were signs things are coming together for Hill.
“We are getting players “Steven Davies did an seeing the light with reduced to ten men on the down to ten men. We did a fit again now which is excellent job in the first respect to the players stroke of half time. lot of work on the size of always encouraging and half and Calvin came on we’re getting back and They didn’t make the the opposition, certainly then players will earn the and got some much there is a lot of work going game comfortable until with the side that started, right to play instead of it needed minutes. on to make us better with Matt Done’s strike in time though Gillingham gradually being a case of ‘he has to “It’s better for me to the players that we’ve got added on. got smaller with substitutions play because he’s all I’ve have the selection options and I see it coming. “We want intelligence and the sending got’,” said Hill. I had at the weekend and “I hope it comes, but I with energy, especially in off. We were aware it had
“It was probably the going into the remaining still believe there is quite a the second half when they to be an aggressive game, strongest starting XI I’ve fixtures of the first half of lot of turbulence in the air were down to ten men a regain game played in been able to field and we the season leading up to and we have got to try to and everyone is expecting the opponent’s half of the have Calvin Andrew getting January and then we’ll see drive through that, get our us to go on and score pitch. somewhere near back where we are. seatbelts on and prepare seven,” said Hill. “It wasn’t a game for in shape – he’s not one “It’s encouraging from for the hard miles and I “I was happy with the getting the ball through hundred per cent match my point of view that Callum think the platers have got three points, it was much the two central defenders fit, so we have to be careful Camps has come to appreciate that.” needed but I felt performances and midfield, we had to with him. I tried to get back in and played two Dale were two goals up had been leading get at the opposition in him to start but he was a games and is making an inside half an hour to the three points. their half of the pitch bit reluctant. With the way impact. against the Gills – who “What was encouraging quickly to negate their we wanted to play it was “As a manager you are parted company wth boss was the fact we were 2-0 strengths and I thought important that we had a only ever gauged on Ady Pennock on Monday up and creating chances we did that well leading wide striker. results, but we are now – and facing a side even before they went up to the two-goal lead.”
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●●Richard Taylor in action for Littleborough during their victory against Wigton at Rakewood at the weekend. See page 49 for match report