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Keith Hill's Pre-Match Quotes - Swindon Town

17 October 2016

Rochdale are in League One action on Tuesday night, with Swindon Town’s County Ground the destination.


It's the first of two away games in four days for Dale, with Coventry City the opposition on Saturday. The Robins and the Sky Blues currently sit at the bottom end of the Sky Bet League One table, but with Rochdale having risen from bottom to fourth in the league is just a month, Manager Keith Hill says he won't be taking league position into account. He's expecting two difficult encounters. 

"League position means nothing," Hill told Dale PlayerHD.

"For me, it’s not an indicator of the capabilities of the side. Both Swindon and Coventry are capable and they represent an idealistic way of playing football - that's the way that it’s taught and coached on your qualifying certificates. They’ve both got very good players and the games are going to be difficult obstacles to overcome.

"But we’re in good form, it’s as simple as that. League positions can change at any one given run of form or sequences of results but I’m pleased with what we’re doing, and I was pleased with what we were doing without getting the three points in the first seven games of the season. We’re getting three points now and there’s a steely confidence to the players without it being arrogant."

Dale head into the game having won six straight league games and seven in all competitions. Rochdale's longest winning league run was set in the 1969-70 season, with the side having won eight consecutive league matches. 

Hill says that's not something he's thinking about at this moment in time. 

"I just know what we’re doing at this present time. Maybe from a nostalgic point of view, in ten, 15 or 20 years’ time, this run of football games might get brought up, but we’re only as good as our last result and our last result was an exceptional result and performance against Bury.

"We’ve still got a lot of games to play this season and we’ve got to keep our feet firmly on the ground because the league that we’re in represents big, big challenges for us as a football club. We’re still facing those challenges regardless of the run that we’re on."

The full interview is on Dale PlayerHD





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