Manager Keith Hill spoke to Dale PlayerHD ahead of Saturday’s League One encounter v Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.
He told Dale PlayerHD: “We always have a good week in preparation, there’s no question about that. It’s enjoyable, it’s demanding and it’s productive as well.
“There’s processes that we have to go through every week in preparation for whoever we play at the weekend and that started straight after the game against Wigan, so as we would expect, the preparation has gone really well.”
Dale had no midweek fixture this week and Hill believes that has been beneficial for the likes of Callum Camps and Ian Henderson who are continuing towards getting back to full fitness after injury.
“You’ve got to be careful with players when they’re out injured because sometimes a week/ two weeks can take at least 7-10 days to get back on the training pitch and then maybe two games, so I’ll have to be playing players or part playing players to re-introduce them and we’re keen to press home the three point situations.”
Rochdale head into the game at the Keepmoat Stadium after four draws and a defeat in their last five league games and Hill says remaining patient is key.
“I think we’ve all got to remind ourselves what we actually are and what our identity is and how we’re trying to do things.
"I’m sensing a little bit of unhappiness and I don’t know where it has come from because although we don’t want to look back on history and compare, I think at times we have to do when we get to these moments.
"We've been very, very, very competitive over the last two seasons and we’re just finding a little bit of inconsistency. It’s up to us to remedy that with continuity and getting somewhere close to the performance levels that we had last season with the players that we’ve got. If we do that and we show patience, then we’ll be fine.”
The full interview is on Dale PlayerHD.