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I'm Disappointed That We're Out Of The Checkatrade Trophy - Keith Hill

9 January 2018

Manager Keith Hill reacts to Dale's Checkatrade Trophy exit…

Rochdale bowed out of the competition following a third round defeat to Lincoln City at the Crown Oil Arena, with Ollie Palmer's 88th minute goal proving to be the winner for the Imps.

“The manner in which we conceded was a car crash,” Hill told iFollow.

“Josh Lillis hurts his knee on the pitch, picks the ball up and kicks it to nobody, and they end up scoring from it. My right back dives in for no reason – only he knows why, and then nobody marks in the box.

“It’s unacceptable and it’s a chain of errors. We shouldn’t be conceding in that manner at that late stage of the game.

“The pitch is difficult to play on but we have to play on it because the demands are there to play on that pitch. It’s not helping us, it’s hindering us and it’s hindering the opponents as well. It’s difficult but we have to find a way and the players have to find a way.

“I was reasonably happy with the first half but nothing went on in their box in the second half. It was meandering to a 0-0 and I’m almost preparing for penalties, because I didn’t see them scoring either, so I was pretty comfortable going to penalties. But we got done with the sucker punch when we need to have a bit more concentration.

“I’m disappointed that we’re out. This competition is a good opportunity to be successful but we’re out.”

Watch the full interview on iFollow.

 


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