Hill’s fury af­ter Dale throw in the towel

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Stephen Thirkill

AN­GRY Rochdale boss Keith Hill says his side must elim­i­nate costly in­di­vid­ual er­rors if they are to main­tain their pro­mo­tion push.

Dale were beaten by strug­gling Brad­ford City fol­low­ing a sec­ond-half strike from De­vante Cole and an Oliver Lan­cashire own goal.

Rochdale had fought back from a goal down in the first half, be­fore even­tu­ally slump­ing to their third de­feat in five games.

Hill said:“We can­not con­tinue to make these mis­takes and be pro­duc­tive in this di­vi­sion.

“When you make a mis­take, the first thing you need to do when you go back on the pitch is to not make another mis­take.

“We have con­ceded eight goals in three games now and I have not seen a spec­tac­u­lar goal go in against us.

“We are mak­ing too many mis­takes and it is for the play­ers to sort out those mis­takes and I have con­fi­dence in them.

“There was not a lot be­tween the two sides and we now need to get back to do­ing what we we are best at.”

Brad­ford took the lead when Lee Evans poked home Tony McMa­hon’s de­flected free-kick from close range on 34 min­utes.

Dale lev­elled seven min­utes later when Peter Vin­centi scored his sixth of the sea­son from five yards.

Josh Lil­lis saved well from Cole on 51 min­utes and Jimmy McNulty on 56 min­utes as Brad­ford start- ed strongly af­ter the break.

But there was noth­ing Lil­lis could do to stop Cole tap­ping home from the goal-line af­ter the keeper had ini­tially blocked su­perbly to pre­vent a Joe Raf­ferty own goal.

Ram­pant City dou­bled their lead two min­utes later when Lan­cashire headed Evans’ cross into his own net.

Matthew Lund and An­drew both had shots saved by Ben Wil­liams late on as Rochdale looked for a route back into the game.

Wil­liams then pro­duced the save of the match in in­jury­time to deny Lund once again as the clock wound down. The vic­tory ended a run of two straight defeats for the Ban­tams and left as­sis­tant man­ager Steve Parkin de­lighted.

“We showed good belief when we went be­hind and, once we got back level, we were con­fi­dent we could win the sec­ond half,” he said.

“Rochdale are a good team and we knew it was go­ing to be tough.

“We worked hard and I thought Rochdale strug­gled to live with us in the sec­ond half.

“The sec­ond half dis­play is right up there with the best halves of football we have played this sea­son. We have been through a rough spell and it was im­por­tant that we bounced back.”

STAR MAN DE­VAN

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