Updated: Friday, 5th June 2020 @ 1:05pm

Up and running: Keith Hill wants to build on first Rochdale win since returning for second spell

Up and running: Keith Hill wants to build on first Rochdale win since returning for second spell

By Michael Kelleher

Keith Hill is looking to build on his first win since taking over as Rochdale boss after his side defeated Torquay United at Spotland.

A goal from right back Rhys Bennett after 18 minutes secured the Dale’s first league win of 2013 and a first for Hill – four games into his second spell as manager.

Hill was pleased with the performance, apart from an early mistake from Shane Cansdell-Sherriff who trod on the ball, sending Gulls striker Rene Howe clean through on goal.

"To generate belief in what we are trying to achieve and what we are doing on the training pitch you need results," said Hill.

"We are turning an idea into a good idea by picking up results like that.

"We looked quite solid apart from the mistake that Shane made early on in the game and I'm pleased that we have kept a clean sheet again.

"It's great to get three points on the board because it generates a snowball effect in terms of building belief and a bit of fear factor among the opposition as we go into the next game that we can win matches."

Hill reserved special praise afterwards for goalkeeper Josh Lillis for denying Howe after Cansdell-Sherriff and match-winner Rhys Bennett.

“It was a match winning save from Josh Lillis in the first half,” said Hill.

“It’s won us the game, he’s doing well, two clean sheets out of four, keep that ratio up and we’ll be successful.

“Rhys (Bennett) got a man of the match performance today, last home match he got a man of the match award, there’s a massive difference, and today was a man of the match performance.

“We’re trying to educate him and he’s got to catch up quickly because it’s a no mercy industry we play in, me and the players – we need results quickly.”

The victory lifts Rochdale to 16th in the npower League Two table ahead of their visit to Barnet next week.

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