Manager Keith Hill’s on Rochdale’s 3-0 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park…
Bryn Morris fired the hosts ahead after ten minutes with a well-struck free-kick, before two goals in five second-half minutes from Adebayo Akinfenwa and Fred Onyedinma sealed all three points for the Chairboys, on a night where Dale should have had at least a couple of penalties which weren’t awarded.
“If you dissect the game, there were some good bits and there were some not so good bits,” said Hill.
“The whole game, the way it was orchestrated by the conductor in the middle of the pitch, wasn’t great.
“I can’t say too much because I’ll get fined. The FA want respect but I want respect from the FA and the EFL. I should be in the position where I’m fining them, to be perfectly honest, because they’re not providing me or the football club with a professional service.
“It’s sad that we’ve witnessed a poor performance [by the referee] tonight. The last time he refereed us we got beat 3-1 by AFC Wimbledon away from home and Keith Keane got sent off, so I was very worried.
“The game itself, we gave away too many free-kicks. We were a little bit naïve to their tactics. They’re a very good side, so you’ve got to be street wise and better than we were tonight.
“We can’t seem to press the reset button as a group of players or individually. We had some sterling performances on Saturday at Bradford and we made one tactical change tonight, which was the right tactical change to make with respect to the opposition.
“The first goal is a poor goal and then it’s an uphill task. I’m disappointed but the players have got to press the reset button. They can’t let one goal become two, or two become three.
“We were having some good sustainable pressure in the second half through possession, whereas in the first half we had players running out of position instead of using their brain. We forgot our brain a little bit today but I will certainly reset and we’ll go again on Saturday.
“Saturday is another big game, like every game is. I’m looking for consistency in performance, and that’s the disappointment.
“It’s disappointing that we failed to kick on from Saturday’s performance and Saturday’s vigour, passion and willingness to stop the opponent scoring. It seemed a little bit bitty and like ‘it we should be ok tonight because we did well on Saturday’, but you have to turn up with your work bag, first and foremost, and when we you come to places like this, it’s very important.
“But like I said, there are a lot of things that went on tonight that I’m not best pleased with but I’ve got to be careful about what I say [because I can get fined].”
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