Hill not sur­prised by su­per Dale start

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Natalia Brad­ford

GOALS in ei­ther half for Cal­lum Camps and Reuben Noble-Lazarus handed Rochdale an open­ing-week­end vic­tory for the first time in two sea­sons.

And, play­ing against a team fan­cied for pro­mo­tion, Rochdale man­ager Keith Hill was full of praise for the way his team ex­e­cuted his in­struc­tions.

“I just don’t think they (Peterborough) re­alised what they were go­ing to bump into,” he said.

“We played like that in cer­tain games in pre­sea­son, but we’ve been train­ing like that and I was pretty re­laxed be­cause I’ve got used to the fact that it is a 46-game sea­son, no mat­ter what hap­pens in the first game of the sea­son.

“Last sea­son it wasn’t great. This sea­son, it’s started su­perbly, last sea­son it fin­ished ex­cep­tion­ally.

“I’m re­ally pleased with the per­for­mance and I’m re­ally pleased with the lads.We’ve done a lot of work with them psy­cho­log­i­cally and it’s show­ing in the de­ci­sions on the pitch.”

The hosts started brightly, and were fu­ri­ous in the 11th minute as the ref­eree de­clined to point to the penalty spot af­ter Peter Vin­centi’s cross ap­peared to strike the hand of Kgosi Ntlhe.

Much fan­cied Peterborough failed to heed the ear­lier warn­ings.

Cal­lum Camps was per­fectly po­si­tioned on the six-yard line, as Hen­der­son’s shot de­flected off debu­tant Alex Davey to the midfielder who poked home in the 18th minute.

De­spite their lead, Dale rode their luck at times. Mar­cus Mad­di­son’s left wing cross was sliced over his own cross­bar by Jim McNulty, much to the re­lief of the home fans.

The only sur­prise of the af­ter­noon was that it took un­til the 69th minute for the sec­ond goal to come.

Sub­sti­tute Noble-Lazarus had been on the pitch for just two min­utes be­fore his left-footed shot nes­tled into the far cor­ner.

Calvin An­drew failed to ex­tend the hosts’ lead late on, blaz­ing over from the edge of the area and Peterborough boss Dave Robert­son failed to hide his frus­tra­tion with the re­sult.

“We’ve spo­ken to the play­ers and we’ve told them that we need to con­tinue to im­prove and get bet­ter af­ter ev­ery game,” he said.

“As long as we do that, we main­tain our fo­cus and the play­ers are brave enough in terms of their move­ment to want to get on the ball and keep want­ing to get on it and play.

“I thought Jack Col­li­son was ex­cel­lent when he came on. I think he touched the ball more times than the other two mid­field­ers in the 15 min­utes that he was on. That gives you an in­di­ca­tion and an idea of how we want to play and that’s what we’re go­ing to do.”

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