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Keith Hill's Pre-Match Thoughts - Oldham Athletic

21 April 2017

Manager Keith Hill spoke to Dale PlayerHD ahead of Saturday’s local derby v Oldham Athletic at the Park...

After securing six points from six over Easter, Rochdale go into the match just three points outside the play-off places, and with two fixtures left to play, Hill is taking it one game at time. 

"It’s a one game at a time opportunity and that’s what we’ve created,” said Hill.

“As a manager, all you’re looking for is good form, good performances and good results, and the last two games have yielded six points off the back of very good performances, so I’m pleased going into the next game.

“Games are running out and we’re very close to getting to the end of the 46 game season, but as I’ve always said, there’s where we should be judged.”

Dale face an Oldham Athletic side who are much improved since the return of John Sheridan. 

The Latics were bottom of League One when Sheridan was appointed for a third time in January but he’s steered them up to 17th in the table, with their survival all but mathematically confirmed.

Hill is full of praise for his counterpart. 

“John Sheridan, like myself, expects his players to reflect him. 

“He is very competitive and if he was still playing now he’d be a player that I’d want to recruit. I think he was a marvellous player and I love his character. I love the way he wants his team to commit and he’s a winner. 

“Like I said, if he was still playing then I’d be trying to recruit him, but he’d probably be outside of my pay structure,” smiled the Gaffer.

He continued: “I think it’s brilliant that he’s so honest in the way he manages. I see managers who are afraid to show their character on the touchline and they are guarded in interviews, but John wears his heart on his sleeve. 

“He demands such high standards from his players and it’s no surprise since he’s come back to Oldham that the fortunes of the football club have turned around again. I think he’s been there three times now and every time he has been very successful. 

“I like his winning mentality and that’s what he wants from his players. That’s what I want from my players and think we’re both of the same making – we demand it from our teams and we’re not afraid to show those demands to the public.”

Watch the full interview on Dale PlayerHD. 

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