Manager Keith Hill has been reflecting on the week, as well as looking ahead to Saturday’s League One fixture v Gillingham, in his latest interview…
After last weekend’s disappointment at stadium:mk, Dale responded with a 4-0 win over Bury in the Checkatrade Trophy at Gigg Lane on Tuesday evening.
“I believe that we’re a good side when we do it correctly,” Hill told iFollow.
“We’ll still lose games even if we do it correctly, but we’ll win more than we lose. I’ve got no doubt about that because this group of players is a very good group of players. They’ve got to have a united work ethic and have everybody backing each other up.
“It was good to get Campsy [Callum Camps] back on the pitch on Tuesday night. Dan Adshead was superb and Jordan Williams, who is in on loan from Liverpool has integrated so quickly - he’s a superb character.
“It was good the other night, but it also was a reminder to the players of the way that things need to be done.
“If you look at the two halves at MK Dons, the first half was the way that we don’t do things without the ball and the second half was the way that we do things without the ball, and we should have at least got a draw at MK out of the second half with the way that we did things without the ball.
“The way that we do things with the ball was evident in the first half – scoring goals and creating opportunities, so there has got to be a marriage of the both. If we marry the both, then we’ll be successful.”
Saturday’s visitors, Gillingham, will head to the Crown Oil Arena buoyed by last weekend’s win over Charlton Athletic, their first victory of the season, which took them out of the relegation zone
“Every game is an opportunity, no matter whether we’re playing top, middle or bottom of the league.
“We won’t treat Gillingham any differently to than we would do Blackburn etc, so it’s a good opportunity for us and it’s a good opportunity for the players, but again, we’re very respectful of the opposition.”
Ian Henderson returned to the side on Tuesday night after serving a three match ban, and Hill is pleased to have him back in contention for the weekend’s game.
“There’s an intelligent energy to the way that Ian performs and he is full of intelligent energy. He’s also full of running that affects the opponents and he helps us defensively, so for me, Ian Henderson, when fit, ready, willing and able, always plays.”
Watch the full interview on iFollow. In it, he gives an injury update.