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Oldham Athletic: Hill's Post-Match Thoughts

30 November 2014

Manager Keith Hill spoke to Dale Player following Saturday's derby day defeat...

"I’m pleased with the atmosphere that was generated and I’m pleased with the performance for the large majority of it, but we’re making mistakes on the pitch. If you make mistakes like we have today then you’re going to get punished against a team like Oldham, who I thought were excellent today.

"I can’t complain about the end result when you look at the mistakes that we’ve made on the pitch. Equally so, the referees makes mistakes, but they’re not as culpable as I am and the players.

"We had the momentum in the second half, there’s no question about that, and we should have had a penalty. I’ve just looked at it again and it’s a 100-percent stone wall penalty. These are key decisions and mistakes that are going against us, not just from my players but from the officials as well, which we’ve had a run of recently. But it’s definitely a penalty for their second goal and after that it’s plain sailing for the opposition.

"We made changes to try and chase the game and we leave ourselves vulnerable again, and then there's an uncharacteristic type mistake from Jack O’Connell which leads to the third goal. We’re going through that at the minute, so we’ve got to look through a lot of things to see where we’re at, but we can’t hammer the players.

"I have to ask the players to show courage, continue to play like we are doing and encourage them not to make those types of mistakes. If I hammer them or nail them then they’ll continue to make more mistakes. At this time we’re really being tested but the players have come through a lot this season and I remain very positive because we’re in front of ourselves.

The full interview is available to view on Dale Player.

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