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Hill: It Won’t Deter Us

2 January 2014

Manager Keith Hill spoke to Dale Player following the New Year’s Day defeat at Scunthorpe United.

Hill wouldn't be drawn on refereeing decisions, which saw Dale reduced to ten men and pick up five yellow cards.

He commented: “For me, I’m taking about what was a very good performance up until the 70 minutes mark. We hadn’t done an awful lot wrong and I thought the first half was very even.

“The conditions were difficult but I thought we played them well and we knew in the second half that we could get the ball down.

“I’d rather talk about the goalkeeper and the two outstanding saves that he’s made. He is an outstanding ‘keeper, as we know, but arguably it’s a game that has gone against us with regards to two outstanding saves and maybe the conditions a little bit.”

He continued: “Scunthorpe are an excellent side. I wouldn’t have argued if we had 11 men on the pitch and got beat 1-0 because I think it could have gone either way it was that close between the teams over the course of 70 minutes. But we’ve had a player sent off, we’ve had five bookings and a red card, which is very unlike us. 

“It’s a little bit unfortunate but it won’t deter us and it won’t distract us from what is a great fixture at the weekend and the lads deserve the rewards of the Leeds game. I’m relatively at ease with brushing this one under the carpet as we did the last time we played Scunthorpe before we played in the FA Cup and I’m looking forward to the match.”

The full interview is on Dale Player.

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