Manager Keith Hill reflects on Dale’s defeat to Portsmouth at the Crown Oil Arena…
“The difference between the two sides is that they made better decisions on the pitch than us,” said the Gaffer in his post-match interview.
“I thought we played some nice stuff at times but I’m disappointed with the result.
“You’ve got to respect the opponent and sometimes you can’t stop them. If they’re better than you, sometimes it’s very difficult. But there wasn’t a lack of energy, work-rate, endeavour or honesty, I just feel as though they were probably better than us in every department, and there’s no shame in that.
“I’m disappointed but I’ll stick to the task in hand, and that’s to try and breath a little bit of life and confidence into the players and take it into Tuesday [against Bristol Rovers]. The players don’t need to be reminded of how to win games, they just need the confidence to put it into practice, and I’m sure that’ll come.
“We’re 10 games in and have 11 points. We have to convert more points per game ratio – we know that now, we knew that at the beginning of the season and we knew it last season.
“The players don’t need to be reminded of how to win games, they just need the practice and I’m sure that’ll come.”
Watch the full interview on iFollow.