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Hill: 9th Home Victory

30 December 2013

Manager Keith Hill spoke to Dale Player following Sunday's 2-0 win over Bristol Rovers at Spotland.

The game marked the half way point in the season and Hill is pleased to have reached his target of 40 points from 23 games played.

He told Dale Player: "I thought the same side, barring Josh Lillis, deserved the opportunity to repeat the result [against Bristol Rovers]. It’s difficult to repeat the performance and the energy, but I thought both sides wrestled well and the first goal is always important. It can knock the energy out of the opposition and it can give you a little bit of extra energy.

"The first half was difficult and we obviously had to play without Olly [Lancashire] for ten minutes [who required stitches after an accidental clash of heads]. I feel as though we were justified in waiting on him and in making the decision rather than making a substitute, so I’m really pleased going into the second half of the season."

He continued: “It’s great that we’ve got our 9th home victory of the season and to win 12 games out of 23 is superb.

"We know how to win football matches, but we’ve also got to make sure that we know how not to lose football matches. That’s where I feel as though we should be a little better positioned with respect to points and maybe that’s the learning for the second half of the season, but I don’t know. I just know that we’ve had a really successful first half of the season and I hope that we won’t be involved in a relegation battle this season."

The full pre-match interview is available to view on Dale Player. 

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