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Keith Hill Pleased With Win Over Gillingham

23 September 2017

Manager Keith Hill gives his reaction to Dale’s 3-0 win over Gillingham at the Crown Oil Arena…

"I'm happy with the three points and I'm happy with certain aspects of the performance. I'm pleased with the way we started the game, the energy and the chances we created. Everything went for us today, which is brilliant.

"We got three points which is all important but there is still a lot of work to be done.

"We scored 3-0 but it should have been more. Hendo's had a penalty saved & Bradden Inman probably should have had a hat-trick. Offensively, with the chances we're creating, we should be scoring more.

"It should have been a more comfortable win when they go down to 10 men, but it can be quite a negative when you're winning 2-0, because everyone thinks you should go on and win 5, 6, 7-0, but there's still a lot of life left in the opposition. We know that when you're in that position and you're losing the game, you've nothing else to lose so you go out there and probably try a little bit harder in the second half.

"We got the job done, which I'm pleased about going into Tuesday, but we'll have to be better on Tuesday against Blackpool."

Ian Henderson broke the deadlock in the 3-0 win, pouncing on a rebound after Joe Bunney's effort had been palmed away.

Joe Rafferty doubled the lead just two minutes later with a close range header which fell to him from the Gillingham goalkeeeper's fumble. During a comfortable second half, Henderson saw a penalty saved in the final four minutes, while Matty Done added a third in stoppage time after a run from the halfway line and cool finish. 

"It was a good run and interception from Joe Bunney, who was on the front foot, for the first goal. He has been involved in a lot of goals now from the full-back area of the pitch," said Hill.

"It was good anticipation from Hendo & Joe Raff for the goals, and it was good to get Doney on the pitch to score another goal. That's two in two league games for him, so hopefully he'll catch up to speed.

“We're getting players back fit now, which is always encouraging because players will then earn the right to play."

Watch the full seven minute interview on iFollow.


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