Abil­ity in pos­ses­sion made Ad­shead ideal

Rochdale Observer - - TRAVEL -

TEENAGER Dan Ad­shead started the FA Cup third round tie against Doncaster on Satur­day and im­pressed once again on his sixth ap­pear­ance for the first team.

Boss Keith Hill was keen for his side to keep hold of the ball for as long as pos­si­ble against Rovers and had no hes­i­ta­tion in se­lect­ing Ad­shead for his abil­i­ties in pos­ses­sion.

“He’s just an ex­cel­lent tal­ent,” said Hill. “I don’t mind putting my trust in young play­ers.

“I’m not stupid, and re­gard­less of the sit­u­a­tion that we were in, I take cup com­pe­ti­tions se­ri­ously. It was a de­ci­sion well made, and he didn’t let me

‘He was brave in go­ing to get the ball. Six­teen? It doesn’t mat­ter to me’

down. He was ex­cel­lent in the first-half in keeping the ball. He got caught once or twice, but, wow, he was brave in go­ing to get the ball. Six­teen? It doesn’t mat­ter to me - I’ve got no fear.

“When we’re talk­ing about ex­pe­ri­ence – it’s not age ex­pe­ri­ence, it’s knowl­edge be­ing put into prac­tice and he’s got that knowl­edge.

“We looked at the way we got beat the last time we were here and we needed to be more com­pet­i­tive in the cen­tre of the pitch. We needed legs in there and we had legs in there and brains as well.

“In­tel­li­gence is a big as­pect in foot­ball and they can’t hurt us when we’ve got the ball and in the first half we had a lot of the ball.

“I was re­ally pleased with that and that’s why I had no fear of playng Dan in there. Dan loves the ball and the ball loves Dan.

“In terms of team se­lec­tion, it doesn’t mat­ter who you pick, they have just got to re­flect a

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