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Keith Hill's Post-Match Reaction: Crewe Alex

17 February 2016

Manager Keith Hill spoke to Dale PlayerHD following Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw with Crewe Alexandra at Spotland.

“It’s a valuable point,” said Hill.

“I’m really pleased with a lot but I think the players have got to manage that situation far better being 2-0 up.

“It was still wide open and I certainly haven’t coached that, that’s one thing for sure. Sometimes these things, once you get caught in the moment, it’s very difficult to change the course of the momentum.

“It’s up to players to try and change that course. I’ve seen Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho not being able to change the course of games or the momentum, and it won’t be the first time or the last time.

“It was a difficult game. We know that Crewe are very good on the counter-attack and they’re in a decent run of games, so it was difficult for us.

“I thought we started the game magnificently and I was expecting us to cement that with the victory but we didn’t.

“I’m pleased with the clean sheet in the second half and I’m pleased that we picked up a point.”

He continued: “There has to be a function and defensive responsibility from every player out on the pitch and I think that’s probably where we got undone as the first half wore on.

“I was really happy with the majority of the defensive work which occurred on Saturday but it’s getting the balance right.

“My concern is that I’m not getting the impact that I want, and that isn’t any individual. 

“I need players to be able to change the course of the game or the momentum of the game, especially in the second half.

“We had nothing to offer even though I made the substitutions. The players on the pitch have got to grab something from somewhere – inspiration to change and become real winners.

“And again in the second half, we did enough but it didn’t look as though we were going to grab the game by the scruff of the neck.

“You’re looking for brave people. You’re looking for brave players to change the course of the game in your favour. 

“We started excellently well and I thought Nathaniel had scored [when his effort hit the side netting] and Joe Bunney has a great chance - I was expecting us to score more. I thought we would have gone with a little bit more energy in the second half.

“It's not their fault, but for whatever reason we’re not getting the desired effect with respect to substitutes going on and changing the game in our favour. 

“We just don’t want OK. I want more than OK.”

The full interview is on Dale PlayerHD. 

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