Boss is en­joy­ing his en­ter­tain­ers

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KEITH Hill is en­joy­ing the way Rochdale are play­ing their foot­ball again – and in­sists the en­ter­tain­ment fac­tor is an im­por­tant one.

Dale twice came from be­hind to draw 2-2 against Black­pool on Satur­day and main­tain their mid-ta­ble po­si­tion in League One.

Hill was happy in the main with his side’s show­ing at Bloom­field Road, where a Ryan De­laney strike and a late Calvin An­drew header earned a share of the spoils.

“The way we played is re­ally im­por­tant, it’s got to be en­ter­tain­ing,” said Hill.

“We do want to win foot­ball matches but we have got to win the way I want us to play and I’m pretty pleased with that. Look­ing at it from a man­ager’s per­spec­tive and a sup­port­ers’ per­spec­tive – the way that I want to play the game – I am rea­son­ably happy.

“I think the draw was a fair re­sult. I thought we were bril­liant in the first half and the score­line was the only dis­ap­point­ment from the first half – the mini mis­takes we made for both goals. But we re­sponded well

“We were very clean in our re­gains and it was a very com­pet­i­tive match for us, some great tack­les and an en­ter­tain­ing game.

“The one thing I want our sup­port­ers to do and the one thing I want to do is en­joy watch­ing our team and I’ve started to again.

“I can’t just pick a side be­cause the op­po­nents are big­ger than us, phys­i­cal with re­spect to height and size. So I have got to get back to what I like about my team and the way that I like to play foot­ball, and I think in the last two games we have. So I was pretty pleased with as­pects of the game and the courage to go and get an equaliser.”

Hill was pleased with De­laney’s fine fin­ish – but said it was go­ing to be a tough cam­paign for his de­vel­op­ment con­sid­er­ing the amount of in­ter­na­tional call ups he’s likely to re­ceive.

“It’s go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult sea­son for us with Ryan be­cause he keeps get­ting called up for in­ter­na­tional fix­tures – he went away af­ter this game – and that’s the dis­ap­point­ment, we are never go­ing to get any con­ti­nu­ity with Ryan, which is a shame,” he said.

“He had an out­stand­ing half sea­son for us and I ex­pected him to kick on this sea­son but his game time for us keeps get­ting dis­rupted.

“Ryan’s goal was well de­served, but to go in 2-1 at half time was re­ally dis­ap­point­ing and we said to the play­ers that to have to score three goals to win this game away from home was a bit of an in­sult to the way we were play­ing, so cut out the mini mis­takes.

“We got the de­served equaliser for the whole of the game – I thought sec­ond half Black­pool were a bit bet­ter than us and a few of our play­ers who played on Tues­day (in the goal­less draw against Bris­tol Rovers) and haven’t played a lot of games looked a lit­tle bit jaded.

“So we made the changes and it was a great equaliser from Calvin An­drew. It was a per­fect end to the game for us – if we can’t win the game then we cer­tainly don’t want to lose it.

“We don’t want to get into that sit­u­a­tion where we are los­ing, los­ing, los­ing.”

New Zealand All Blacks’ leg­end Zin­zan Brooke took a train­ing session for Rochdale RUFC’s un­der 14s this week. See page 42

Vin­cent Cole

Dale man­ager Keith Hill

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