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Hill Pleased With Dale's Start To The Season Ahead Of Millwall Trip

25 September 2015

Manager Keith Hill continues to be encouraged with Dale’s start to the season following last week’s win over Scunthorpe United at Spotland.

The win currently sees Rochdale sitting fifth in League One on 14 points and Hill is pleased with what has been achieved so far.

“It’s a points industry and at this moment in time after eight games we’ve got enough points so I’m pleased with the start,” Hill told Dale Player. 

“I’m pleased with the squad of players that we’ve got and the balance of the squad, with respect to experience and young players. 

“The dynamics of the squad are good but I think it can be improved and I do believe that we need the younger element of the squad maturing mentally and physically better than they are doing – that’s the question that I pose to those young players. It’s not a five or ten game career, it should be a 400/500/600 game career and I’m asking them along with the senior players to start accepting their responsibility of being a senior player now - that’s what separates the younger players from maybe becoming Championship or Premier League players.”

Saturday’s trip to Millwall is the first encounter between the two sides for 50 years, however, Manager Keith Hill has been remembering his trips to the Old Den as a Blackburn Rovers player.

“As a player, the Old Den was intimidating, wow. 

“I played there a couple of times [for Blackburn Rovers] and I was a substitute. You can imagine warming up at the Old Den where the crowd are on top of you - it was a real task.

“I don’t think anybody wanted to be sub down at the Old Den. When the Manager said go and warm up, it was a case of - are you sure you want me to go and warm up? I’m ready to go on now if you need me,” laughed Hill.

“It was a great place to go and play your football if you were a brave player and you loved that type of environment where the supporters were going to get on at you. Going to places like West Ham and Leeds were all similar. 

“But there’s no intimidation in these new stadiums because the distance between the pitch and the supporters is huge now – the only intimidation is the team, but it's good game and the New Den is a super stadium.”

He added: “It’s going to be difficult game - they’re a good side. They’ve recently come down from the Championship and they’re finding their feet now - there’s a little bit of inconsistency to the league at this moment in time, but it’ll probably be after 10/12 games when we see a stability to the league.”

The full interview is on Dale PlayerHD.

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