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Keith Hill laments ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ Bobby Grant as striker scores, but is sent off in Chesterfield draw

By Michael Kelleher

Rochdale boss Keith Hill admitted fans saw the Jekyll and Hyde’ nature of striker Bobby Grant in the draw with Chesterfield at Spotland.

Grant netted a stunning equaliser after 66 minutes, cancelling out Jay O’Shea’s opener, but was sent off five minutes from time for a lunge on Sam Togwell.

Hill had no complaints afterwards about the red card afterwards, admitting Grant deserved his marching orders for the reckless challenge.

“We probably saw the Jekyll and Hyde of Bobby,” said Hill.

“His goal was his performance. He was a constant threat and he’s difficult to stop when he coming on the inside onto his left foot from a wide position.

“He was playing very responsibly but you can’t legislate for the challenge he made and it was obvious it was going to be a red card.”

Hill enjoyed his home debut in his second spell in charge at Spotland was pleased with the response from his players after they went a goal down.

“I enjoyed the occasion immensely,” he said. “And I thought a draw was a fair result.

“I am learning about this league again, learning about opponents and it’s only the second game we have had since I came back.

“I have learned a lot about the lads in training, but you learn more about them in real action and today was real action.

“It was a great test for the players when we went one nil down. I wanted a bounce back and a response from the players and I got one.”

The draw leaves Rochdale 14th in League Two table with Hill’s men travelling to Northampton next time out.

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