The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

FAIR play to Rochdale. Af­ter a bruis­ing, be­wil­der­ing 45 min­utes in which they were out­played and over­run, it would have been easy to fold.

But Keith Hill’s men stuck to their task, dredged up some con­fi­dence and should feel right­fully ag­grieved to have shipped a sec­ond goal.

Nev­er­the­less, this was a bit­ter re­al­ity check for the men from Spot­land. Wi­gan, still fat on parachute money, were a faster, big­ger, bet­ter side. Or­gan­i­sa­tion, spirit and phi­los­o­phy can over­come many things but not the class of play­ers like Yanic Wild­schut and Michael Ja­cobs. This was a bru­tal illustration of the class gulf in League One.

As Hill ad­mit­ted, his side aren’t at war with clubs like Wi­gan. Af­ter an­other de­feat, their bat­tle looks in­creas­ingly like it will be fought amongst the mud and weeds of the di­vi­sion. But for a Wi­gan side now un­beaten in ten league games, any­thing but a re­turn to the Cham­pi­onship will be a fail­ure.

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