Manager Keith Hill spoke to Dale PlayerHD following his side’s 2-1 win over league leaders Burton Albion at Spotland.
The result sees Dale return to winning ways after last weekend’s defeat at Barnsley. And the victory is Rochdale’s second win over top of the table opposition this month, following their 3-0 win over Walsall.
Hill commented: “To be honest, I don’t know what to make of this season as we’re progressing. I don’t know what to make of it going into next season because we’ve had a lot of inconsistencies.
“I believe the players on any given matchday are good enough to come up with a performance like they did against Walsall, Barnsley earlier on in the season, the first two games on the season and a performance like today. But, also, I think we can be beaten by any team in this league as well.
“The last time we got promoted I spent one season in League One and then went to Barnsley. This time, it’s my second season and it is difficult managing expectations of what you’ve previously done as a manager. It’s a difficult one to evaluate.
“From the week’s work and what I expect from my team, it has been evident on the training pitch and it was evident on the matchday.
"I’m really pleased that the players have performed like that, with what was a lot of courage to perform because there was a lot of anxiety during the week. It [results like last weekend’s defeat to Barnsley] can shell-shock you but there wasn’t an over-reaction. I had to mention to the players that there’s no crisis – don’t think there’s a crisis, don’t let people bring potentially a crisis to the football club, don’t believe all the hype, don’t believe all the media, the match reports, the reports about the football club, don’t create that modern day we want drama because there isn’t any. Let’s just focus on our work over 46 games and we’re more than good enough.
“I think we’ve proved that we’ve been good enough today but inconsistently good enough.”
Callum Camps opened the scoring at Spotland with a “tremendous strike” and Hill was full of praise for his midfielders.
“Yesterday we were doing a bit of setting up play and I think against Burton, because they’re so good at getting in slots and defending as units, if you have an extra touch or try an extra touch you’re going to get closed down and you’re going to have the ball taken off you.
“I was trying to encourage Callum to take less touches and make less passes but have more product with respect to goals and shooting and I think he probably should have scored a second one in the second half.
“It was a tremendous strike and we know he is capable of doing it.
“I pushed him [Callum] higher up the pitch today and I got a responsible display as well from Matty Lund who arguably today was a defensive midfield player.
“I don’t think we should dismiss David Syers’ unbelievable matchday knowledge. That’s self-taught – it’s not taught on the training pitch. His interpretation and reading of the game is magnificent in support of Ian Henderson. And Jamie Allen, I will play Jamie in any position on the football pitch because he represents me as a Manager and he would represent me as a Dad if I was his Father because I’m really proud of him.
He puts tremendous energy into every game on behalf of this football club, me and his team-mates.”
The full 10 minute interview is on Dale PlayerHD.
You can also watch almost three minutes of the interview on YouTube HERE.