Manager Keith Hill spoke to Dale Player following Saturday’s defeat to Dagenham and Redbridge at Spotland.
“I sense a little bit of disappointment,” said Hill. “Yeah, without a question we’re disappointed to lose, but let’s have a reality check. We are going to lose games, there’s no question about that. I can’t spend two or three million pounds on budgets, but I’ve got honest players and we lost honestly today.
“We should have made more of our opportunities in the first half. We also can’t allow the opposition to grow into the game and use very defensive tactics. We knew they were going to set up to counter attack and they’re very good at counter attacking.”
He continued: “We really looked an opportunity in the eye today and have probably thrown it away. We didn’t manage the game in the second half particularly well, but come on, we need a sense of reality. That’s the problem with expectation - we probably roll into games with a lot of expectation from supporters.
“We’ve been beaten by an organised side who can hurt you on a counter attack and they probably could have hurt us even more when we went 1-0 down. The first goal was always key and we had opportunities to get the first goal, so it could have been a different day.
“This season is not over - we’ve still got 18 games left. We deal with disappointment, everyone has got to, but whatever you do don’t turn into a victim. I’m really calling on the supporters not turn into victims. Trust these players because they’re honest. The game today wasn’t great, but we’ll win games, don’t worry about that.”
The full interview is on Dale Player.