Manager Keith Hill reflects on Rochdale’s 2-2 draw with Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium…
“We set up to try and win games, whether it’s here, whether it’s at Blackburn Rovers or wherever we go, we try and win football matches," said Hill.
“But we’re shooting ourselves in the foot. The first goal – you could argue that the game is meandering and not really going anywhere and nobody is being really assertive – and the mistake is diabolical.
“That’s where we are at this moment in time, so we have to accept that we’ve taken a point but I’m disappointed.”
After Dale had come from behind to go 2-1 up early in the second half, the Cod Army were reduced to ten men and went on to net an equaliser.
“They’re losing and it [the sending off] puts them on the front foot because they can salvage something from a losing situation, and it can happen like that.
“But from our perspective, it’s a poor second goal. We should be in control of the game.
“I’ve been a player and I’ve been struggling for form and struggling for results, and you’ve got to step in. There has got to be a bravery to the way that you play individually. You see fighters in these situations, and this is the first time we’ve had to really fight since I’ve been at the football club.
“I need to see that inspiration coming from players, stepping on with their chest out and a ‘here I am, ten men attitude’. To a certain degree, we had that after half-time and that’s how we got our two goals, but then we seemed to step back as though we were fearing winning this game, and that’s the problem we’ve got psychologically at this moment in time.”
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