Rochdale gaffer Keith Hill happy with progress ahead of Northampton clash

By Michael Kelleher

Keith Hill is looking to build momentum with his first win since taking over as Rochdale boss in Saturday’s clash with Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium.

Rochdale have not won in their last five npower League Two games after losing the last three games of John Coleman’s reign and drawing their first two under Hill.

The Dale manager is expecting a tough challenge against a talented Northampton side who he is tipping for promotion in the near future under manager Aidy Boothroyd.

“It is about progressively building and we’ve been doing that in training,” he said.

“We want it in performances and we want three points on Saturday because if we get three points it turns what has been a decent start into a great start and it can build momentum.

“However there are no guarantees because we’re playing against an excellent side. Aidy Boothroyd has gone in there and has done an excellent job.

“He has turned the fortunes of Northampton around. They’re a League One side playing League Two and I’m sure Aidy will get them promoted at some point.”

Hill was encouraged with his players’ performance in last week’s draw with Chesterfield but knows the Dale will miss goal-scorer Bobby Grant who was sent off in the game.

“Against a possession based team, we didn’t look in too much trouble so I was really pleased with that. But we’ve got to cause the opposition more trouble,” he said.

“We really settled into the game after we went down to ten men and we could have gone and lost the game if there had been negative response to going one-nil down.

“The goal was avoidable but we’ll learn our lesson from that and I was really pleased with the response and with a great goal from Bobby Grant.

“We’re going to miss Bobby because he has been a stand out performer for this football club this season, so we’ll miss his goals.”

Hill also confirmed he is looking to add to his squad but stressed he will not add players just for the sake of it.

“We’ve done a lot of work on trying to recruit but nothing has really dropped in at the moment,” he said.

“We’ve got a lot of irons in the fire but we can’t recruit too many, we’ve got to recruit maybe one or two to compliment what we’ve already got.

“Like I said, I want continuity because the messages are seeping in and I don’t want wholesale changes, so it is important that we bring the right players in.”

Dale forward Grant begins a four-game suspension and Terry Gornell is in line to replace him after recovering from a dead leg sustained against Cheltenham.

Defender Peter Cavanagh is questionable to make the trip after missing last week’s game with a calf strain.

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