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A Team Performance Full Of Courage, Passion & Fighting Spirit - Keith Hill

14 April 2017

Manager Keith Hill's post-match reaction...

Manager Keith Hill wanted a response from his players following the disappointment at Shrewsbury and he got it on Thursday night as his side claimed three points with a 1-0 win over Bury at Gigg Lane. 

Callum Camps’ free-kick in the dying second of the first half ensured victory for Rochdale. 

Speaking after the game Hill commented: “I demanded a performance. I can’t and I don’t wait – I put my trust in players and give players opportunities, but I’ve got to look after the remainder of this season and next season. It has been a hard week and a harsh week, but when I didn’t get a committed performance against Shrewsbury, I had to make changes. 

“These games are important to me, to the fans, to the Board of Directors and 99.9-percent of the squad, and I’ve made some decisions this week that will affect my future in a positive manner.

“I selected a squad and side to play against Bury that I thought reflected our chances of winning the game. I went back to the Chesterfield system when we when won 3-1 and we spectacularly went 3-0 up.”

And Hill has praised his players for their performance in the victory. 

“In the second half, they [Bury] came out of the traps and wanted to push bodies forward, and I thought my two centre-halves were immense tonight. 

“Not only that, I thought some of the passages of play to get on the counter-attack were absolutely superb.

“It was a team performance – it wasn’t an individual performance. It was full of courage, passion, aggression and a fighting spirit, and I think that gets missed in football. It’s all about technique and phases of play, but ultimately it isn’t about ability, it’s about how big your heart is and how many hearts you’ve got out on the pitch.”

Watch the full interview on Dale PlayerHD. 

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