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The Players Were Outstanding - Keith Hill

11 March 2018

Manager Keith Hill has hailed Rochdale’s performance against promotion chasing Rotherham United as “probably the best of the season”, after his side claimed all three points with a 1-0 win at the New York Stadium.

The victory ended the Millers’ 14 game unbeaten run and saw Dale record back-to-back wins in the league for the first time this season.

“It was probably the best performance of the season. We were miles better than them (Rotherham) today,” said Hill.  

“We probably should have been in front during the first half and we had other chances in the second half.

“We also could have gone into half-time 1-0 down. There was a bit of controversy surrounding their disallowed goal but it would have been an injustice if we’d have gone into the break losing. That’s what’s been happening to us this season, we’ve conceded that type of goal. I don’t know why it was chalked off, but to be fair to our players, I thought they were outstanding today.

“Stephen Humphrys’ goal was tremendous and I’m really pleased. Rotherham are fighting for automatic promotion and we’re fighting against relegation, and there was a real fight and determination today.”

He continued: “We’ve found ourselves in a hole but the type of appetite that we’ve shown today and expressed within the level of performance is encouragement, but encouragement is all it is at this moment in time.

“Like I’ve said, once we’ve played the next four games, I don’t want to be any more than five points away [from safety].

“After today, we’re seven points away from safety with four games in hand on 20th placed Northampton, but we’ve got to make that five at least. If we can do any better than that, then it’s a tremendous achievement.

“We’ll still be going into the last 10 games needing points, but I’ve explained to the players that it could go down to the last week, so I don’t want any drama or anxiety. I just want them to play like they’ve played today.”

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