Manager Keith Hill reacts to Dale’s penalty shoot-out win over Doncaster Rovers, which saw his side progress through to round three of the Checkatrade Trophy…
“It was a good penalty by Gilly in the first half [to give us the lead], and we’ve converted six penalties [in total] tonight, which has got us through,” said Hill.
“I don’t think it was a great game or a great performance. For me, we’ve got to treat it more like a league game, but I’m happy that we’re through to the next round.
“Looking at performances, I don’t understand the difference between Saturday’s performance and tonight’s performance with respect to application.
“It’s an important trophy and I feel as though there should be a little bit more commitment towards it, because it’s a serious competition where we can be successful.”
And Hill agreed that progression in the competition was also important financially.
“We have to generate our own finances. We’re an honest club who has to generate its own finances through cup fixtures and selling players, and we do both. There’s no other magic formula and we don’t have that sugar daddy, if you like. We have very generous directors and a chairman, who offer their time to the football club and a lot of commitment.
“We don’t have that free banking system that other clubs have, but that’s what’s good about this club – the genuine honest way that we make our money.”
The full interview is on iFollow.