Mis­fir­ing Dons still pose threat

Rochdale Observer - - SPORT -

KEITH Hill in­sists his im­prov­ing Rochdale side will take noth­ing for granted to­day when they take on a Wim­ble­don side strug­gling for goals.

Though only two points sep­a­rate the sides in the League One ta­ble, Dale are a team with mo­men­tum hav­ing won back to back home games.

On Tues­day they be­came the first side to leave Bloom­field Road un­beaten in the last eight fixtures there hav­ing picked up a cred­itable goal­less draw, mak­ing it three con­sec­u­tive clean sheets.

Mean­while, the Dons have lost four of their last six matches, dur­ing which time they have scored only two goals. How­ever, Hill has seen first hand “We are get­ting key a group of play­ers that I Dale de­fender Jim that the goals tally tells play­ers back – Calvin have had to pick in­stead of McNulty echoed the man­ager’s only half the story. An­drew, Callum Camps – say­ing ‘well you’re not warn­ing against

“I know Wim­ble­don are and we are get­ting a lit­tle per­form­ing so you don’t tak­ing the Dons for strug­gling to score, but if bit of sta­bil­ity now. play.’” granted. you look at the stats they “For me as a man­ager, And on the back of the “Wim­ble­don is never are ac­tu­ally cre­at­ing a lot some­times you pick a per­for­mance at Bloom­field easy and they are un­der of op­por­tu­ni­ties. side and think ‘well, it all Road, Hill said he pres­sure at the minute,”

“We saw them against has to go right to­day for was look­ing for­ward to the he said. “They have not MK Dons at home and I us to get some­thing from week­end’s trip to Wim­ble­don. been play­ing very well thought they were ex­cel­lent, the game.’ and will feel they are a bar scor­ing goals,” he “When I am al­lowed to “We’ve mis­fired away bet­ter side than the league said. se­lect play­ers, then I think from home and have had ta­ble sug­gests.

“It is a key com­po­nent you can see how we play half a per­for­mance and “They are where they of win­ning matches but as will turn into re­sults. shot our­selves in the foot are and there will be a a man­ager you look at the “We had a pos­i­tive be­cause of stupid mis­takes, pres­sure on them in their stats, you look at the way re­sult at home at the but the Black­pool chang­ing room, just like you are play­ing and if week­end, and against game rep­re­sented the way the gaffer gave us a rocket you’re happy with that “You al­ways have an Bury in the Check­a­trade we do things a lot bet­ter.,” a few weeks ago at MK you just hope that those in­ten­tion as a man­ager to Tro­phy be­fore that, so he said. Dons, they will be un­der chances will get con­verted. build on a per­for­mance that’s three clean sheets “I’m look­ing for­ward to scru­tiny from their man­ager I hope it con­tin­ues like that but some­times on the bounce now so the trip to AFC Wim­ble­don, and from play­ers like that they don’t con­vert you have a dilemma as a I’m pleased look­ing for­ward. es­pe­cially af­ter the Raul Robin­son from those chances!” man­ager when you are type of per­for­mance, within their own dress­ing

Hill was pleased with fac­ing op­po­nents and you “It has been dif­fi­cult, I com­mit­ment and courage room. He’s been there, his play­ers’ dis­play in haven’t got key play­ers to must ad­mit, be­cause I we put in on Tues­day seen it, done it. They will Tues­day’s tightly con­tested se­lect. have been se­lect­ing from night.” be look­ing to re­spond.”

Pub­lished by MEN Me­dia, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Av­enue, Chad­der­ton, OL9 8EF. Printed by Mir­ror Colour Prin­ters (Old­ham) Ltd, Hollinwood Av­enue, Chad­der­ton, Old­ham OL9 8EB draw against the Seasiders and is hop­ing it’s a dis­play his side can build on.

“In terms of an away per­for­mance it was an up­ward curve for us,” he said.

‘Black­pool rep­re­sented the way we do things a lot bet­ter’

Ai­dan Glee­son snr

●●Both May­field’s NCL and NWML sides are in play-off ac­tion to­day. See page 56 for pre­view and re­port on the A team’s win against Chorley

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