We’re not a League One side, says Hill
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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