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Keith Hill's Pre Match Interview - Fleetwood Town

15 January 2016

Manager Keith Hill believes the squad is “in a good place” ahead of Saturday’s League One fixture against Fleetwood Town.

After positive displays against Scunthorpe United, Walsall and Chesterfield in recent weeks, Hill was in an upbeat mood as he looked ahead to the match at Spotland.

“There’s no point in spitting your dummy out," said Hill as he reflected on the final score against the Spireites.

"We’re a club in progress and we are progressing - that’s what you’ve got to look at. You've got to look at it and realise how far you’ve come and not be complacent, but also not be disappointed.

“I think we’re in a good place and we’re developing. We’re developing our identity as League One football club and that has got to continue.

“It’s important that we learn from defeat and take it into the next game. We concluded on Monday/ Tuesday about what we thought of Saturday’s game and we’ve worked well this week on the training pitch with a plan to progress and to keep establishing ourselves in this league.”

The Cod Army head to Spotland after a good start to 2016. They recorded a win over Bury in the league before keeping themselves in contention for a trip to Wembley after a 1-1 draw with Barnsley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Final first leg.

Hill wants his players to be competitive against Saturday’s opponents.

“I’m looking for a positive, smile on your face attitude. Let’s have that determination in the vision of the player and the supporter. 

“We should be competitive with every team in this league and that’s what I expect as a minimum. If we are, then I can go to bed on a Saturday night saying ‘well they gave me everything. We got it slightly wrong today but we’ll recover tomorrow and fight again the day after’.”

Callum Camps missed last weekend’s game against Chesterfield and Hill says he has been back on the training pitch this week after recovering from illness.

“Callum has looked well on the training pitch and I think he’s in good form. I think he’s definitely maturing - there has been a lot of parenting on the training pitch, from myself, the staff and the senior players, but we believe in Callum and the players do. He’s certainly proving his worth at this moment in time.”

The full interview is on Dale PlayerHD. 

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