Manager Keith Hill on Rochdale’s goalless draw with Southend United at the Crown Oil Arena…
“I’m pleased with the clean sheet but we should have done more going forward,” said Hill.
“With the players we have on the pitch we should be more creative, a little bit more patient and hold our position better. I don’t think we played our positions as good as we have done in recent games, but what I’m really pleased about is the clean sheet.
“Like I said to the players, it’s seven points from nine and we’ve just got to keep that rolling and not be disappointed with the point tonight because of the six we’ve just picked up.
“We had some good opportunities but I thought Southend were better in the second half and caused us a bit of trouble from set-plays. I think they grew into the game but there was a chance for us to take advantage of the distance they had to travel and score in the first half, but we didn’t quite manage it.”
He continued: “I’m reasonably pleased but we could have done better. What I don’t want is where we’re going into the last three minutes at 0-0 and we look like we’re going to commit footballing suicide.
“Yes, we were chasing three points, but we have to make sure that we don’t throw away one point by chasing three. We had opportunities, but sometimes you’ve just got to make sure that you consolidate and go again on Saturday, and that’s what we’ve got to do.
“We can’t be distracted by anything else that’s going on other than what we’re doing because we’ve got a lot of games still to play. I’ve got to keep composure because I don’t want any anxiety. I thought we played some superb football tonight and some brave football, but we just didn’t have that cutting edge.”
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