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Keith Hill's Post-Match Reaction - Gillingham

20 April 2016

Manager Keith Hill spoke to Dale PlayerHD following Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Gillingham…


Dale had to settle for a point, despite a dominant second half performance, which was deserving of a victory.

The sides were evenly matched in the first half and were only split in injury time, when Callum Camps curled home to put Rochdale ahead at the break.

Dale dominated the second half and had a number of chances to score a second, but they were hit against the run of play when John Egan equalised with a header in the final fifteen minutes.

Hill commented: “I thought we were really good – I really enjoyed the 25 minute spell in the second half. And I thought our goal was a superb goal. It’s a great goal, but we never put them to bed. 

“But I’m really pleased with performance and the way the players tried to manage the game. Unfortunately we got done at a second phase of a set-play, but I think we kept their really lively players at bay for most of the game.

“It’s disappointing but we’ve told the players in the changing rooms not to go flat because of this result because the performance was good. We’ve got three games to play, which is nine points to play for, and our form is very good. I was pleased our attacking intent, but today we just haven’t finished Gillingham off.”

He continued: “We’ve got a talented squad and we’re shooting for the moon. Like I said, I’m not disappointed because I thought it was a very good performance, and all but for not putting the game to bed, I’m reasonably happy as a manager.

“We’re chasing a dream and we’re still chasing. Not an awful lot has changed for me after this game. We’ve got three games left and I’ve been pleased with the points that we’ve got over the last 10 or 15 games. If we continue that form and the points per game then we’ll be somewhere close.

“I’ve been really pleased with the commitment from the players because they’re not freezing and that’s what I like about it. The creativity is still there and they don’t look anxious on the pitch, so I’m pleased with that.”

The full interview is on Dale PlayerHD.


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