Hill’s fury after Dale throw in the towel
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.”
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