Of sup­port through dark­est hours

Middleton Guardian - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

to try to turn them back into fo­cus­ing on the game it­self rather than the one or two neg­a­tive re­ac­tions be­cause you don’t want it to be toxic at home, and it wasn’t toxic.

“The fans are not happy and I un­der­stand them not be­ing happy but it can get a lot worse. I’ve had it my­self, when I was at Blackburn I was booed off the pitch per­son­ally on my own when we were go­ing for pro­mo­tion and we lost three or four on the bounce.

“You have got to build your char­ac­ter, your grit, your de­sire to prove peo­ple wrong, in­stead of go­ing with the flow you have got to change di­rec­tion, change the men­tal­ity of the peo­ple crit­i­cis­ing you. And the only way of do­ing that is be­ing brave and then brave per­for­mances hope­fully turn into good re­sults.”

Ahead of Tues­day’s Check­a­trade Tro­phy clash against Manch­ester City unde 23s, Hill said there was a lot of tired­ness among his squad.

“There’s a lot of men­tal tired­ness, fa­tigue,” he said.

“But it’s a great game on Tues­day and I’m look­ing for­ward to it.

“They are a mag­i­cal team to watch, even at un­der 21 and un­der 23 level.

“They are amaz­ing and it’s go­ing to be bril­liant to take them on. I have a re­stric­tion in that I have to pick four play­ers who meet cer­tain cri­te­ria.

“If I could do, with the amount of games we’ve played re­cently, I’d try to change of all eleven, but I can’t do that and meet the cri­te­ria. I want to win this game.”

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