Manager Keith Hill is full of praise for Dale’s under 18 side following their performance in Tuesday night’s FA Youth Cup match against Notts County.
The Gaffer, joined by his backroom staff, watched the game from the stands at Meadow Lane.
Despite falling to a narrow 2-1, the lads put in an excellent performance, and Hill is full of praise for the players.
“It’s important that I take these games in,” Hill told Dale PlayerHD.
“I want to see if they can do things in the same way, or are compatible with what we want the players to do.
“I think it was a narrow loss, but again, if you look at our Youth Team, then there were three key players missing from the starting line-up – Johny Diba, Andrew Hollins and Harry Pratt.
“I think they players who represented Rochdale on the night were magnificent. I was really pleased and proud of the way represented Rochdale and the way that we tried to do things.
“It was unfortunate that we got knocked out but I think on another day with the three key players we might just have got through.”
He added: “It’s a case of the players kicking on and being professional in everything they try to do in and around the football club.
“That’s to not only give themselves the best chance of being professional football players, but also to be professional in their home life and in their next career choice, if they don’t quite make it as a football player.
“We want to create good, young adults, who have got good values to implement in society.”
The full interview is on Dale PlayerHD.