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Keith Hill Reflects On Dale's Carabao Cup Win Over Mansfield Town

9 August 2017

Manager Keith Hill has praised the performance of his players following Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup victory over Mansfield Town at the One Call Stadium.

On a night where torrential rain made conditions difficult, his side put in a display against an opposition tipped to secure promotion to League One this season that was worthy of progressing to the next round of the competition.

Hill told iFollow: “It was a winning performance. I’m relatively happy with that we played – our intensity and the speed at which we played.

“Mansfield are a threat from set-plays and they’re very effective from those situations but we did reasonably well, and Josh saves the penalty as well.

“I thought, at times, we were quite outstanding in the way that we tried to control the game and the way that we limited the opposition.

“I watched the Bolton v Leeds game at the weekend and I thought let’s set up like Leeds do, because we’ve done it before in the past. When I watched us on Saturday against Portsmouth there was something missing - I know what it is, but I don’t want to reveal it.

“Watching Leeds reminded me of what we’re good at away from home – I think we’ve got a similar style and a similar sort of presence to the way that Leeds play and the way that they penetrate, and I think we showed that tonight.

“Matty Done and Ian Henderson are a marriage made in heaven.”

Hill had been critical of the individual defensive mistakes that cost his side points at Fratton Park on Saturday, but was full of praise for his defence after Tuesday night's display. 

“I said to them, listen, I’m preparing you for the danger and you’ve got to deal with that danger. You’re a back four, so deal with the opposition. Wherever you want to hold the line, you hold the line, but you need to take responsibility for it. And I thought they were excellent tonight.”

Watch the full interview on iFollow.


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