‘We’ve got goals in our team’: Keith Hill calls for Rochdale to send fans home happy after Chesterfield clash

By Suraj Radia

New manager Keith Hill has called on his Rochdale side to get Spotland rocking and give fans something to shout about ahead of his first home game since his return.

The Dale host Chesterfield on Saturday looking to improve on a run of just two wins in 13 games and knowing three points could see them go as high as tenth.

Hill, whose first game back ended in a 0-0 draw at Cheltenham Town last weekend, urged his players to get a run going and bring their own game to the table.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Hill. “It’s business. That’s when I’m judged and the players are judged but we have to make sure we’ve got the courage to perform in front of our supporters.

“We want to encourage them with performances and our application and our respect for one another, respect for the opposition, respect for the officials and respect for our own supporters.

“We’ve got to create a momentum at home and a style of play. There’s got to be urgency in it and we’ve got to make sure we’ve got the crowd on our side.

“We’ve got to make sure we’re hard to beat. We’ve got goals in the team. Let’s make sure we stop the opposition as well.”

Hill was also keen to praise the character of his new squad and said both him and his players are learning more about each other with each passing day.

He said: “Cheltenham was a really good game to play, it was in bad conditions but it showed me the character of the players and character has to last from the first to last minute.

“They’ve got the physical condition, mentally they proved they can do it and that kind of character has to be there until the end of the season, from every player.”

The hosts will have new signing Shane Cansdell-Sherriff available to them after the defender re-joined the club on loan until the end of the season from Preston North End.

Backup keeper Ben Smith departed the club on deadline day in search of first-team football and was swiftly replaced by Steve Collis, who joined on non-contract terms.

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