Re­peat Pom­pey ap­proach: Hill

Middleton Guardian - - SPORT -

ROCHDALE will put the dis­ap­point­ment of their FA Cup sec­ond round exit be­hind them when they re­turn to League One ac­tion with a trip to AFC Wim­ble­don on Satur­day.

Dale faced neigh­bours Old­ham Ath­letic at the Crown Oil Arena in the sec­ond round of the Check­a­trade Tro­phy last night (Wed­nes­day) fol­low­ing their un­for­tu­nate 1-0 de­feat against League One lead­ers Portsmouth at the week­end.

An­dre Green’s wickedly de­flected goal in the 90th minute made for a painful fi­nale to a sec­ond half bossed by the home side.

And while Keith Hill was less than im­pressed with ref­eree Seb Stock­bridge’s dis­play, the Dale boss said his side’s per­for­mance against Pom­pey should be a tem­plate go­ing for­ward – re­gard­less of the play­ers he se­lects for the clash against the Dons.

“The se­lec­tion will be in con­trast to Sun­day, but the per­for­mance lev­els and at­ti­tude have to re­flect the rea­sons why I am se­lect­ing them and the game­plan,” he said.

“Those play­ers should want to make an im­pact on the fu­ture of this club but also on their own fu­tures as well.

“I am look­ing for that re­spon­si­bil­ity from play- ers. I get it from Luke Math­e­son, I get it from Dan Ad­shead. But I need it from the other play­ers. Ar­guably, three strikes and your out of the side? Some of my play­ers are on six, seven, eight strikes and it only leaves one per­son vul­ner­a­ble – and that’s me.

Hill wants to see the kind of ap­pli­ca­tion his play­ers pro­duced against Portsmouth rather than the kind of poor show­ing at Ox­ford in last week’s 4-2 loss.

“The two full­backs played against Ac­cring­ton and we were very mind­ful of the Portsmouth game, but with re­spect to the Ox­ford game the sys­tem shouldn’t have al­tered our at­ti­tude and our per­for- mance lev­els,” he said.

“This is where play­ers have got to start ac­cept­ing more re­spon­si­bil­ity. It’s a squad game.

“Sun­day’s was my pre­ferred line-up. Cal­lum Camps is ill but we went with a cer­tain game­plan and I felt in the first half we nul­li­fied them to a cer­tain de­gree – there were too many turnovers and we looked a lit­tle bit ten­ta­tive but I thought in the sec­ond half we worked it out well, cre­ated op­por­tun­ties and I don’t think Portsmouth cre­ated too many op­por­tu­ni­ties in the sec­ond half so I was rel­a­tively pleased that we were in con­trol to a de­gree.

“But when you look at the op­pos­ing team you are never quite com­fort­able, and nor should you be, you should be aware, con­cen­trat­ing and fo­cus­ing.

“Un­for­tu­nately we con­ceded a very cruel de­flected goal, but we can’t take any­thing away from our per­for­mance and we have to lead into Wed­nes­day’s game against Old­ham and Satur­day’s league game at Wim­ble­don with that type of at­ti­tude to­wards our ap­pli­ca­tion.

“If we ap­ply our­selves in the man­ner we did against Portsmouth I think we’ve got a very good side.

“We’re not hope­ful, we plan. I don’t live my life in hope, in fact the word is banned from my house (un­less some­body comes in who is called Hope!). I don’t be­lieve in it at all. We plan to be suc­cess­ful and this is go­ing to be the fifth sea­son in League One and we want to re­tain that go­ing into the sixth.

“I cer­tainly don’t want to be a League Two man­ager, that’s for sure, so we have to plan to make sure that we have the right ap­pli­ca­tion from the play­ers we have fit and avail­able.

“We got that on Sun­day and that’s why we were very close to an ex­cel­lent Portsmouth side who are ex­tremely func­tional but also have the skill level to get pro­moted from this league.”

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