Updated: Monday, 30th March 2020 @ 9:06pm

Positive performances, clean sheets and winning games: Keith Hill sets out Rochdale plan to become good team

Positive performances, clean sheets and winning games: Keith Hill sets out Rochdale plan to become good team

By Suraj Radia

Keith Hill has called on Rochdale to start turning their positive performances into winning results, starting with tomorrow’s game at Bristol Rovers.

The Dale travel to the Memorial Stadium looking to improve on a run that has seen them win just twice in nine games since Hill returned to Spotland in January.

The trip to Bristol will be Rochdale’s second away game of the week following Tuesday’s draw at York City and Hill believes an improvement on his side’s away form is vital for success.

“When you look at the nine games, we’ve had three clean sheets away from home but the other two games we’ve lost and conceded three on both occasions,” he said.

“We want to turn those positive clean sheets into winning performances and winning results then we will become a good side because we’re an OK side.

“When you look at our form at home we’ve lost one game recently, won two and drawn one so we’ve got to start turning them into three points away from home.”

Rochdale will be without forward Terry Gornell and midfielder Ritchie Jones, with Hill confirming the latter is still recovering from the ankle injury that kept him out of the game at York.

Hill also said his players are starting to understand his expectations both in training and on the pitch and believes they will eventually get used to the rigorous schedule.

He said: “It is very intense, it is very invasive, it is very professional, and mentally and physically they’re still catching up.

“As for doing it twice in four days, it is more difficult than supporters would imagine.

“Reluctantly at times you’ve got to accept that as a manager, but the rule of thumb is if you can’t win those games, you don’t lose them.

“The players will warm to and love the environment because it will become a winning environment, it will become productive and we will get our matchday rewards, so there’s not too much frustration.”

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