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Manager Keith Hill Happy With The Squad Ahead Of Burton Albion Fixture

11 September 2015

Manager Keith Hill admits that he has been pleased with the week as Dale prepare to face Burton Albion on Saturday.

Hill has an almost full squad to choose from for the trip to the Pirelli Stadium, with Rhys Bennett the only injury concern.

He told Dale PlayerHD: “We’re now into the second month of the season. We’ve had two away games on the trot, with Burton Albion tomorrow (Saturday).

“The training tempo has been very good and I feel as though we’ve got a good enough squad to take us through until January, then I'll see where we are then with the players that we’ve got.

“Matty Lund has come back from injury and he’ll be back in the squad for Saturday. It looks like Rhys Bennett will be out of the squad because he pulled up with a tight hamstring [on Wednesday v Manchester United] so we’ve got to make sure that we get him back on the training pitch.

"Nathaniel Mendez-Laing is making great strides – he’s looking sharper and sharper, so I’m really happy going into the games that we’ve got.”

League One newcomers, the Brewers, who won promotion last season after being crowned champions of League Two, have adapted to life in the division well, and currently sit fifth in the table, just a point above Dale.

In his pre-match interview, Hill spoke highly of what Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink has achieved. 

“There’s a winning mentality and there’s a winning organisation there. The players believe in the manager and the manager believes in the players. He has recruited one or two players that have made them stronger - they’ve done exceptionally well and has so has the manager. 

“The manager has got the best win percent ratio in the whole of the English leagues – they’ve conceded the least amount of goals and won the most amount of games.

“They’re in a good place and I think Burton have evolved over a period of time. There has been no quick fix and there has been steady progress.

“I think they’ve started the season well because they’ve got a really, really strong foundation at the football club and throughout the team.”

The full interview is on Dale PlayerHD. 

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