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Keith Hill's Post-Match Reaction - Colchester United

20 December 2015

Manager Keith Hill spoke to Dale PlayerHD after yesterday’s 3-1 win over Colchester United at Spotland…

“The players have been battered and bruised this week and we’ve come up with a winning formula,” said Hill.

“It wasn’t pretty at times but the end result is that we broke a psychological barrier which is 30 points from 22 games.” 

Rochdale came from behind to secure the points after the U’s had opened the scoring.

Ian Henderson netted from the penalty spot, before Donal McDermott and Olly Lancashire added their name to the score-sheet.

“It’s a good penalty,” said Hill.

“And I’m really happy that we got the penalty. I’m not too sure about the decision to award it but there was definitely a challenge in there so I think the right decision was given for the wrong offence, if you like.

“Again, I sympathise with the opposition Manager because the psychology of the game was in favour of them and it just got us off our heels mentally. We made mistakes but we got a lucky bounce this week.”

Lancashire’s goal was his second in as many games and Hill is pleased for the centre-half.

“He’s committed and he’s committed towards scoring. It’s a long run back if you’re a centre-half and I’d rather make a two-yard run like Olly has been doing recently – scoring a goal and being able to walk back.
“I’m really pleased. I don’t mind where the goals come from as long as they come.”

It was a game where Dale made no substitutions and as Hill explains that was important for him.

“I didn’t want to make any substitutions. We’ve got a lot of injuries. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing has got a recurring injury, which is a disappointment, and we’ve got a lot of players that we need to get back into the fold.

“But again, I don’t think we’ll get too many back for the next game.”

The full interview is on Dale PlayerHD. 

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