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Hill: It's Time To Kick On

19 December 2013

Manager Keith Hill says “it’s time to kick on” as his side get ready to face Southend United at Roots Hall on Friday evening.

Dale head into the game following last weekend’s home defeat to Fleetwood Town and Hill is disappointed to have conceded another debatable penalty.

“I still feel really angry because we shouldn’t be sat here blaming referees for the outcome of games and we shouldn't be sat here debating what has been another wrong decision which has gone against us.

“Referee are only human and they will get things wrong, but the ramifications are with the Football Club, me as a Manager and the players. 

“But as I’ve previously said, we shouldn’t be sat here blaming referees for outcomes of games and I’m not because at 1-1 we should never lose that game. It wasn’t brilliant on Saturday, I fully understand that, but we can’t always be at our best.

“And when we’re not at our best we shouldn’t be turning into losers – we should be getting something out of the game. And what I mean by that is a draw.”

He continued: “We have good recovery strategies – there’s no point in me sulking. I’ve got to take what I can out of the defeat, what I can out of the performance and look at coming up with a solution to some of the problems that we’ve got with respect to playing Southend United on Friday night.

“I feel as though we’re in really good shape but now it’s time to kick on. We have an opportunity and we’ve got to make the most of that.

“We (Rochdale and Southend United) mirror each other with respect to the points that we have on the board and the number of wins, draws and losses, so it’s a great fixture for us to get back on track. I was looking at having 40 points at the 23 game mark and we’re still capable of doing that, but it means that we have to win two and draw one of the next three games.”

The full interview is available on Dale Player.

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