Con­fi­dence-shot play­ers in des­per­ate need

Middleton Guardian - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

KEITH Hill said his half time show of sup­port for the Rochdale play­ers was born out of an em­pa­thy with his squad.

Some sup­port­ers booed their team off at the break against Bur­ton, with Dale trailling 2-0. Hill said he had been in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions as a player and in­sisted the thing they need most right now is sup­port.

“It’s dif­fi­cult as a player when you are on that pitch and you are suf­fer­ing for con­fi­dence. It’s the eas­i­est thing in the world to be a loser, you can get up and ac­cept your fate,” he said.

“I have a driv­ing in­stinct to turn things that are bad into pos­i­tives and what I don’t ap­pre­ci­ate – but they have a right to do – is boo play­ers who are try­ing, young play­ers who are try­ing to do every­thing and hav­ing an un­be­liev­able ex­pe­ri­ence at this club. I wanted the play­ers to be ap­plauded, I wanted the play­ers to be sup­ported and it’s the hard­est thing to do in the dark­est hour.

“But they needed that sup­port and that’s why I re­acted. I wasn’t re­act­ing to any­one who might have had an axe to grind with me, I’m okay with that, I have broad shoul­ders, bring it on, sticks and stones. I was brought us right school, not old school, right school, where I pro­tect peo­ple.

“I have to pro­tect those play­ers and it’s im­por­tant that the in­fra­struc­ture of the club, the fan­base – and there were still some singing at the end on be­half of the team that they love the club – it’s im­por­tant that they sup­port this group of play­ers. I’m brought up the right school. I’ll come out and I’ll try to be as brave as I can.

“I was part of a team beaten 8-2 here against Shrews­bury, I was a sub­sti­tute, thank God!

“You have got to re­spond and some­times the play­ers don’t re­act in the right man­ner so I had

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