Manager Keith Hill has been reflecting on Rochdale’s September exploits, as well as looking ahead to Saturday’s League One fixture, in his latest Dale PlayerHD interview…
“It has been a difficult month. I don’t think we’ve picked up the points we would have wanted but it has been an education.
“The league is working itself out, but when you’re not quite at your best, which I don’t think we have been, you’ve got to try and pick up as many points as you can.
“I look at the league and there have been good sides who haven’t built on what they did in August and what we’ve done is maintained rather than being electric and it’s good because you can’t always be at your best.
“We’ve won 50-percent of our games and that’s encouraging. We haven’t always been at our best, but we’ve certainly worked hard and we’ve got a fair reflection of the performances with respect to points – I think we’re just about right.”
Saturday’s home match against Bradford City is the first of seven exciting fixtures this month for Dale, with trips to Bury and Sheffield United to come, as well as a derby match against Oldham Athletic at Spotland.
“They’re all big games. It’s exciting, they’re a pleasure to be involved in and I’m looking forward to them all.
“And I’ve got a lot of respect for Bradford, the team that they’ve got on display and obviously Phil [Parkinson, Bradford City Manager]. They’re a very good football club, they’re a big football club in League One and I fully expect them and the Manager to be very successful. He has done a lot in the game and I wish him all the best for continued success.
“I think what they’ve got at Bradford is a continuity and trust, and I think they’ve got intelligence with those who are actually running the football club. They see that with the squad of players that they’ve got and the management that they’ve got in place, that they will turn what has been an ok start to the season into a very good start to the season.”
The full interview in on Dale PlayerHD.