Rochdale boss Hill to change his ways

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matthew Hay­ton

ROCHDALE manager Keith Hill ad­mit­ted he may have been plac­ing too much pres­sure on his play­ers fol­low­ing a hard fought win over Ch­ester­field.

Ian Hen­der­son proved the sec­ond-half match win­ner, con­demn­ing the vis­i­tors to their fourth straight loss.

And with his side back to win­ning ways, Hill be­lieves the ex­pec­ta­tion may have got to his young side.

“Ch­ester­field have been go­ing through a dif­fi­cult run of re­sults, as we have, so it was al­ways go­ing to be a battle” said Hill.

“The game was not for the con­nois­seur but at this time of the sea­son it is all about re­sults. It's about try­ing to re-es­tab­lish con­fi­dence and self-be­lief.

“I think we've been try­ing to put too much pres­sure on the play­ers to try and achieve the dream, which is get­ting to the play-offs.

“But re­ally when I look at it and an­a­lyse what's go­ing on in this league fi­nan­cially, we'd need a bene­fac­tor to be putting in £2m a year at least to­wards the play­ing bud­get for us to main­tain any sort of chal­lenge through­out the course of any sea­son in League One.”

The home side cre­ated the first chance on 14 min­utes when Tom Kennedy crossed for Peter Vin­centi who headed over the bar.

The vis­i­tors Ollie Banks fired at Josh Lil­lis on 55 min­utes be­fore Dale for­ward Joe Bun­ney burst

through and saw his ef­fort saved by Tommy Lee five min­utes later.

The break­through ar­rived on 65 min­utes when Hen­der­son met Michael Rose’s vi­cious free kick and flicked the ball past Lee from close range.

The vis­i­tors al­most snatched a point at the death as sub­sti­tute Caolan Lav­ery saw his fierce drive tipped over the bar by Lil­lis to leave Ch­ester­field manager Paul Cook lament­ing his side’s lack of cut­ting edge.

“First half we looked the bet­ter side and I thought we could go on to win. But we’re just not pen­e­trat­ing in that box at the minute” said Cook.

“What­ever we of­fer at the minute doesn’t seem to be enough. The mar­gins in foot­ball are so small. There’s noth­ing in that game.

“The play­ers have done ever so well for me and this foot­ball club and now is the time to show char­ac­ter.

“What we mustn’t do now is chop and change. As a manager I must learn from my mis­takes in the past and chop­ping and chang­ing won’t get us any­where.

“The play­ers, staff and sup­port­ers all need to step up the plate.

“The lads are de­jected and it does hurt them. It’s im­por­tant our mood stays good. Now is the time we need the sup­port­ers.”

STAR MAN JACK O’CONN

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