We’re not a League One side, says Hill

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jon Wal­dron

KEITH Hill led his side into the play-off places with a thump­ing vic­tory at strug­gling Colch­ester and then sur­pris­ingly chal­lenged Rochdale to be more like their op­po­si­tion.

Hill is en­vi­ous of Colch­ester’s con­sis­tent ap­pear­ance in League One and de­spite the big win thinks Rochdale can learn a thing or two.

Hill said:“We’re not a League One foot­ball club – Colch­ester are and they’ve been in this di­vi­sion for seven sea­son, so they’re es­tab­lished.

“I think at times, there’s too much pres­sure heaped on us.

“There was an ex­pectancy to come here and win, which is what we wanted to do but I don’t think the foot­ball club at this mo­ment in time is in League One.

“But I’m re­ally pleased with the play­ers and there was no con­cern with me in terms of them per­form­ing.

“It was a dis­ap­point­ing Novem­ber but we’re not dis­ap­pointed with where we are and the stand­ing that we have.”

This re­sult fur­ther em­pha­sised the cur­rent con­trast­ing for­tunes of th­ese two clubs.

While Rochdale are en­joy­ing life back in League One and are push­ing for a sec­ond suc­ces­sive pro­mo­tion, Colch­ester have now suf­fered five straight de­feats and are five points adrift.

This was a crush­ing home de­feat for the U’s, who have shipped ten goals in their last two league games.

Colch­ester boss Tony Humes said:“I think you have to ques­tion the play­ers' de­sire.

"If you look at the man­ner of the first three goals there are play­ers free be­cause peo­ple haven’t stuck to their job and haven’t taken their re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“It’s far too easy so I’m ques­tion­ing their de­sire, their at­ti­tude to hard work and whether they know their jobs.

“We were in the game un­til the first goal. “How many times have we said that over re­cent weeks?

"That first goal goes in and we dip and that comes down to character, at­ti­tude and in­di­vid­ual re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Rochdale went ahead in the 26th minute through Matthew Lund. And Dale dou­bled their lead three min­utes later through Peter Vin­centi.

For­mer U’s player Ian Hen­der­son headed onto the cross­bar be­fore Rochdale went 3-0 up.

Colch­ester de­fender Kas­pars Gorkss tripped Stephen Daw­son and Hen­der­son con­verted from the spot.

Gavin Massey scored from 25 yards less than five min­utes after com­ing on.

But Rochdale re­stored their three-goal ad­van­tage six min­utes later through Jack O’Con­nell, be­fore the im­pres­sive Hen­der­son hit the wood­work again late on.

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