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Competition For Places - Keith Hill

29 September 2017

Manager Keith Hill believes the hard work and honesty of his squad will be a key factor in any success that comes their way this season.

Speaking to iFollow ahead of Saturday’s trip to AFC Wimbledon, Hill said: “I believe that my players are very fit and honest in their endeavours with and without the ball, and I think that’s what's got us our success.

“It’s not about how talented we are as a group, it’s about how honest we are and how hard we are prepared to work. That’s what has got us our successes, and with that we've got players who've got a great skillset.

“But the first skillset that anyone should have is effort and we saw a lot of effort and endeavour the other night at Blackpool. That’s what gives me pride in not losing a football match and pride in winning a football match, and sometimes pride in the players even if we actually lose a match.

“That’s what we build our success on, and if we continue to do that for the rest of the season we’ll be very successful.”

With players returning from injury and illness, Hill has been able to select from a bigger pool of players for the last few matches, and he insists the players have to show hard work and endeavour during the week in training, not just matches.

“We’re getting a very strong squad now and players are missing out. Mark Kitching [who has recovered from injury] missed out the other day and he’s done quite well for us in recent games when we’ve had players unavailable.

“I don’t want to pick players because they’re just there - players have to perform on the training pitch. If players down tools on the training pitch then they don’t play. It’s not a question of what they’ve done the previous game - that can hold you in good stead for a certain amount of time, but you have to perform every day in training.

“You have to do the bare necessities in terms of hard work, endeavour and self-improvement. What’s good about having a bigger, competitive squad, is that if the players aren’t responding or not performing then there’s pressure from other players who are more than capable.

“We’re in a position now where I don’t have to pick players who aren’t performing in training.”

You can watch the full interview on iFollow.

 


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