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Hill: Fully Deserved

11 November 2013

Manager Keith Hill spoke to Dale Player following Saturday’s FA Cup win over Torquay United at Plainmoor…

“It was fully deserved - I don’t think anyone can question that,” Hill said. “We did a lot of preparation, we did analysis of Torquay’s win over Bury last week and we set up in a very attacking manner. We took the game to Torquay and the only disappointment was not having the advantage at half time. It gave Torquay a bit of a respite and an opportunity to re-group. The first 10/15 minutes of the second half were quite even, but I don’ t think we looked in any real danger and as a consequence of our pressure we ended up getting our first goal and then the second.

“We want the ball, we want everyone to be comfortable in possession and to have possession with penetration, and I think we got that today. We had good opportunities in the first half. Don’t forget, we’ve come away from home, we’ve travelled a distance, and we’ve got it right. We’re a good side when we get it like that.”

As expected, Hill made changes for the fixture - Gary Dicker, Jamie Allen, Matty Done and Graham Cummins, who was ineligible for the game, made way for Ashley Eastham, Peter Vincenti, Andrew Tutte and Scott Hogan.

Hill says mixing things up is important.

“I think we can become too see through. Stubborn managers stick with one game plan, but we’ve got to have more than one and we’ve worked on that.

“I think what has been obvious over the last couple of weeks when we’ve played opposition like Northampton, Dagenham and AFC Wimbledon is that they know what we do and they know how we do it. We changed it a bit today and we changed personnel and that’s where the players have got to trust me as manager. It’s about a squad, it’s about a manager not being stubborn in his pursuit of winning football matches because that’s all we’re really judged by.”

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