The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Si­mon Smedley

ROCHDALE ran Hull close on Tues­day night and man­ager Keith Hill cred­ited that out­ing with lay­ing the foun­da­tions for a com­pre­hen­sive win over Barns­ley.

The ex-Tykes boss guided Rochdale to a thor­oughly-de­served vic­tory as Calvin An­drew, Peter Vin­centi and Ian Hen­der­son scored.

The visi­tors didn’t pro­duce a shot on un­til the 71st minute and Hill pointed to a 1-0 mid­week de­feat to Cham­pi­onship op­po­nents in the Cap­i­tal One Cup as the per­fect prepa­ra­tion.

“That was both a sick and slick per­for­mance,” beamed Hill. “Tues­day night’s per- for­mance at Hull in the League Cup was ex­cel­lent and it gave us all plenty of en­cour­age­ment. The lads clearly learned so much from that and turned it on here.

“We just needed to be a lit­tle more pre­cise, and in the end ev­ery­thing came to­gether nicely.

“Don’t for­get any man­ager is only ever three games away from get­ting the sack, so you have to be on your toes all the time.

“We’re try­ing to build that bit of sta­bil­ity and con­ti­nu­ity here, and I think you can see that in how the play­ers are play­ing at the mo­ment.”

Rochdale went in front af­ter eight min­utes when ex­pe­ri­enced front-man An­drew drilled home clin­i­cally from 20 yards – his sec­ond goal of the sea­son.The lead was dou­bled nine min­utes be­fore the break when Vin­centi planted home a sim­ple header from a poorly-de­fended Donal McDer­mott cor­ner-kick.

The Tykes’ best ef­fort came when Cardiff loa­nee Kadeem Harris curled a strike inches wide in what was his first start for the club.

It was 3-0 af­ter 63 min­utes. This time skip­per Jamie Allen played Hen­der­son in and he clipped a cute ef­fort over goal­keeper Adam Davies and into the far cor­ner.

The Tykes’ best chance of a con­so­la­tion goal came from Ben Pear­son, who saw a well-hit 20-yard strike su­perbly palmed round the post by Josh Lil­lis. De­spite run­ning Ever­ton so close in the Cap­i­tal One Cup on Wed­nes­day, Barns­ley had been well and truly sec­ond best here.

Man­ager Lee John­son said: “You can have all the ex­cuses in the world, but we just didn’t do enough. Can I write this one off? I don’t think so be­cause there were two or three play­ers who were way off the pace and I’ll be speak­ing to those in­volved.

“I just thought we lacked what we’ve nor­mally got. There wasn’t enough energy but you can’t use Wed­nes­day night as an ex­cuse.

“Am I wor­ried? No. I’m just a bit dis­ap­pointed in a few play­ers for dif­fer­ing rea­sons.”


MOTT Rochda


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