Manager Keith Hill has praised the professionalism of his players following Rochdale’s 4-0 Checkatrade Trophy win over Bury at Gigg Lane.
Bradden Inman netted a brace, while Joe Bunney and Ian Henderson also got their names on the score-sheet in the comprehensive victory.
16-year-old midfielder Daniel Adshead became Dale’s youngest ever debutant, as he completed 90 minutes against the Shakers.
“We were taking it seriously, and I think it can breed confidence if you’re in good form in this competition,” Hill told iFollow.
“There were players who needed games – the likes of Callum Camps and Ian Henderson – but I wanted to pick a strong side to protect Daniel Adshead.
“I always intended on rewarding Dan for what I believe he can become and for what he’s also doing now. He has spent a lot of time training with us and he did pre-season with us, and it was always my intention to play him because he deserves it. I think it was only fitting that we surrounded him with a pretty experienced, well-organised side.”
Hill continued: “It was a good professional display from all of the players tonight. They took the game very seriously like I did, and I’m glad we’ve had a 4-0 victory because it should give the lads confidence about the way that we do things.
“It’s a constant reminder that we have to be better than the rest at working hard, and I think that’s one of the reasons why Shrewsbury are top of the League One tree.
“I’ve got a lot of admiration for the way that they play, and if you read a lot of what’s going on at Shrewsbury, it’s what they’re doing on the training pitch – the unity, the way that they do things, everybody believes in it, the hard work, the honesty, the passion and the ambition to be successful in order to topple the giants of League One. We’ve got to do more of that this season and we’ll be successful.”
Watch the full interview on iFollow.