Manager Keith Hill has told iFollow that the performance in Tuesday night’s game at The Valley has given him hope that his side can turn a corner.
Dale find themselves in the relegation zone, but Hill, who made three changes to his starting eleven for the match against Charlton Athletic, has taken belief from the committed performance.
“You can ask me why some of the players aren’t in the squad – it’s because they’re not working hard enough. It’s as simple as that.
“If we’re going to go down, we’re going to go down fighting my way, with my players, who are committed to me, and too many players haven’t been. I don’t want to name names because it’s unfair, as all of those players have an open door back into my environment.
“We’ve also got Aaron Morley and Dan Adshead, and I’m not afraid to use those players, and Andy Cannon got back in the fold tonight.
“The door is never closed. It is on certain players, because you can only ask so many times and in the end they end up sinking you and dragging you down, but I believe in the group of players that I’ve got. I believe in all of them when they’re giving me everything back, and they’ve given me everything back tonight. That’s when I know we can turn a corner with the games that we’ve got left.
“I was really disappointed on Saturday night after the Oldham game and I didn’t sleep much because it almost looked like a performance that was resigned to our fate, but tonight’s performance gives me hope.”
Watch the full interview on iFollow.