Manager Keith Hill has been reflecting on Tuesday night’s dramatic comeback at the Proact Stadium, as well as looking ahead to Saturday’s FA Cup with Budweiser fourth round tie v Sheffield Wednesday in his latest Dale Player interview.
In an exclusive interview, he told the club’s official website: "The players need a pat on the back, but listen, the pat on the back has got to be after the end of May. You get nothing except positive paper talk at this moment in time due to the form and position that we’re in. The lads are in good spirit, they’re cracking on looking forward to this weekend and they want to hopefully make what is a unique opportunity into a winning opportunity.”
He continued: “We’ve won three FA Cup games to get to this point where we’re now playing against a very, very good Sheffield Wednesday team.
“They’re in great form, they’re unbeaten in seven and the Manager has come in and done exceptionally well. He [Stuart Gray] knows the players, he’s changed one or two things around slightly and the players have responded well.
“We have to be at our very best to be able to compete with them and I’m hoping that the players respond to the occasion. We’re planning and we’re strategising. We’re hoping that the players will respond in the same manner that they did against Leeds and hopefully we can have that little bit of FA Cup magic on our side.”
Around 8,000 supporters are expected to attend the tie, and Hill is looking forward to another fantastic atmosphere at Spotland.
“The players won’t hide in fear - it will generate an energy on the pitch. It’s magnificent and the players are really looking forward to it.”
The full interview is available on Dale Player.