Manager Keith Hill was delighted with his side’s performance in the Emirates FA Cup 2-2 draw at Championship side Millwall...
Speaking after the game, he commented: “It was reminiscent of last season I would say, and the season before, and the season before, and the season before that.
“We just haven’t repeated this season for whatever reason.
“I spoke about plateauing out pre-match, and it’s up to the players now to take on the challenges that have previously brought us success.
“If they perform like they have done today with that courage then we should be successful.
Dale went behind to Jed Wallace’s spot-kick, but fought their way back into the game and grabbed a deserved equaliser just after the half-hour mark.
“I was relatively pleased with the way we were performing until them scoring [the first].
“The recovery of the players, getting behind the ball between the player and the goal, those were wrong and they weren’t quick enough, so it was a penalty and we’ve got to show a bit more composure there.
“I wasn’t overly concerned with them scoring that goal because of the way we were playing. My only concern was confidence wise it could have affected the players, but it didn’t and I thought we scored a great goal.
Hill’s side carried the greater threat at the beginning of the second-half and went ahead through Matty Done’s close-range goal, before Ben Thompson rescued a replay for Millwall in the final minute of the 90.
“Kitch had a few opportunities and when we went 2-1 up I expected us to score some of the other opportunities because we did create more opportunities, up until the last ten minutes when Millwall were doing everything they possibly could to put us under pressure and they got the goal because of it.
“It’s a positive disappointment that they’re feeling because they know that they’ve played well and we were narrowly held to a draw, but to be perfectly honest it’s a positive disappointment they’re feeling.”
You can watch the full interview on iFollow.