Manager Keith Hill reflects on Saturday's defeat at Vale Park...
"It’s difficult because there’s nothing wrong with that performance and again I take encouragement from the performance," Hill told Dale Player.
"There were a lot of similarities between this performance, the Preston performance and the performance against Yeovil, we just didn’t take our chances or convert our opportunities today. We had more than enough opportunities which were borne out of good possession and it’s unfortunate that we didn’t have that cutting edge today.
"We created enough opportunities to have won the game but you’ve got to give credit to the opposition because they stuck to it and they stuck in there. I think they’re a very good side, I think they’ve got very good players and we were punished on what was a second phase goal. We’ve defended the cross quite well with a good header but Michael Brown has landed on it, he’s hit the ball into the ground and it has ended up in the goal, so you’ve got to give Port Vale credit, they’ve stuck to task.
"It is probably difficult being a Port Vale supporter witnessing us keeping so much of the ball and for a big percentage of that game the supporters and the opposition were very, very frustrated, but they’ll come out tonight feeling warm with respect to the result and the performance will get forgotten. It’s a performance, in my estimation, that warranted more points [for Rochdale].”
The full interview is available to view on Dale Player.