Light at end of tun­nel for Dale

Rochdale Observer - - SPORT -

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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Barry Hobson

●●Richard Tay­lor in ac­tion for Lit­tle­bor­ough dur­ing their vic­tory against Wigton at Rake­wood at the week­end. See page 49 for match re­port

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