HILL’S HAPPY TO END ‘CRI­SIS’

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

ROCHDALE boss Keith Hill took huge sat­is­fac­tion in calm­ing the bay­ing crowds with a wellde­served win against League One pace­set­ters Bur­ton.

The hosts went into the game on the back of a 6-1 thump­ing at Hill's for­mer team Barns­ley a week ear­lier.

But this time around they showed class and de­ter­mi­na­tion in se­cur­ing a re­sult, bounc­ing back from suc­ces­sive de­feats as a goal from Cal­lum Camps and an Ian Hen­der­son penalty meant Lu­cas Akins’ re­ply was a mere con­so­la­tion.

Hill said: “I thought it was a very good per­for­mance for two thirds of the game.

“I'm re­ally pleased be­cause I think there was a real over­re­ac­tion af­ter the Barns­ley re­sult. I had to re­as­sure the play­ers that there was no cri­sis at the club, it was just one re­sult, one hor­ren­dous re­sult.

“When I look at it in the cold light of day, the League One sta­tus that we’ve got and our his­tory and po­ten­tial fu­ture of what I am try­ing to build at the club, I thought it was bit naughty try­ing to cre­ate that drama and that cri­sis when there wasn’t one.

“We’ve se­cured a great re­sult here and that gets us back on track.”

The home side took the lead af­ter just eight min­utes when mid­fielder Camps cracked home his se­cond goal of the sea­son, a su­perb strike from 25 yards.

Akins saw a shot blocked as the Brew­ers sought a swift re­sponse, but the hosts were well in con­trol and struck a se­cond goal in the 24th minute.

This time it came from the penalty spot as Hen­der­son dusted him­self down af­ter be­ing pushed by John Mous­inho, and coolly slot­ted past Jon McLaugh­lin.

An­thony O’Con­nor headed home for Bur­ton, who thought they’d halved the deficit un­til they were de­nied by an as­sis­tant ref­eree’s off­side flag.

Rochdale main­tained their im­pres­sive mo­men­tum early in the se­cond pe­riod, with skip­per Jamie Allen crash­ing in a shot which McLaugh­lin par­ried on to the roof of the net.

At the other end, Damien McCrory saw a well-struck half-vol­ley beaten away by Josh Li­il­lis.

The Brew­ers grabbed them­selves a life­line af­ter 78 min­utes. Mous­inho’s long ball for­ward was met by Akins, who ex­pertly lifted his fifth goal of the sea­son up and over the ad­vanc­ing Lil­lis.

Tom Naylor came clos­est to grab­bing an un­likely point for Bur­ton, but a draw would have been a cruel out­come for gutsy Rochdale.

Brew­ers boss Nigel Clough said:“This goes to show once again that there are no gimmes in this divi­sion.

“Rochdale prob­a­bly de­served to win the game over­all.We pushed on for the fi­nal ten or 15 min­utes, but whether the ball just wouldn’t drop for us I’m not sure. It just wasn’t our day.

“We cer­tainly didn’t see the same team out there that had played so well against Peter­bor­ough in mid­week. “It’s dif­fi­cult to ex­plain re­ally. “In the first half we just didn’t see the move­ment that our play­ers usu­ally pro­duce.”

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