Summer signing Stephen Dooley made his Dale debut on Tuesday night, coming off the bench against Middlesbrough.
The Northern Irishman missed pre-season and the start of the new campaign through injury and was named in a matchday squad for the first time for the Round Two tie at the Riverside Stadium.
“He hasn't done any pre-season and he’s only done a little bit of training here, there and everywhere, but he’s almost done a 20-minute solo appearance tonight which may get him into the side,” said Hill.
“We saw things in training where we thought he could be ready, so I wanted to include him and I wanted to put him on the pitch and give him 20 minutes or so. He got it and did well.”