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Hill Pre-Match: York City

11 March 2013

Manger Keith Hill reflects on Saturday's

A busy fixture period for Rochdale continues this week as Keith Hill’s side make the trip to face York City at Bootham Crescent on Tuesday evening.

Dale head into the encounter looking for back to back wins following Saturday’s 4-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers. 

Hill has spoken to Dale Player ahead of the fixture.

“That’s the type of physical performance that I expect from any team,” said Hill as he reflected on the weekend’s victory. 

“We might not always be better than the opposition man for man or on paper, but we’ve got to perform to those physical capabilities and standards. The players have shown me that they can do it and I know they’re a talented bunch. We’ve managed to produce a really good performance, but not only that, we created a lot more chances than we scored as well. We hit the post and hit the cross bar three times and that was really encouraging because we put to bed a very good side.”

He continued: “The players have got to embrace the hard work and the endeavour and we’ll get results which will breed confidence and belief - belief from the supporters and the players, belief from the players and each other, and in what I’m doing as well. That will breed fear within the opposition when we start going on a run of positive results and winning football matches. You can really build up a head of steam. 

“We’ve got ten games left now. I said to the players before Saturday’s game that we had an 11 game season, that this was the cut-off point, and this is where we start our season. We’ve done a lot of hard talking, a lot of training without producing performances and results and hopefully it’s a get go.”

Tuesday night’s match marks the first home game in charge for Nigel Worthington who was appointed as York City Manager last week and Hill is aware that Dale will need to be on top of their game: “We’re playing against opposition who have just got a new manager and they’ll be looking to impress. They’re a good footballing side but we’ve got to match York in every aspect and I hope that our talent on paper, and the talent we’ve got with respect to our pool of players, produces a performance.”

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