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It’s my job to get players hungry for success: Keith Hill challenges Rochdale squad to show some desire

By Michael Kelleher

Rochdale boss Keith Hill has challenged his players to show more hunger ahead of Saturday’s game against Wycombe Wanderers at Spotland.

The Dale were on the wrong end of 3-0 defeats in their last two league games against Morecambe and Accrington Stanley, and Hill is determined to turn things around.

With one league win in 2013, Hill knows his team owe the supporters better performances and said he has made that clear in no uncertain terms.

“I know there’s a lot of talent in the squad but the players have got to utilise that within the team and show a competitive nature,” said Hill.

“I always prided myself when I was Rochdale manager previously looking at fixtures like Morecambe and Accrington and thinking that out of four games in a season, we should be picking up nine points. 

“We’ve got to turn that full circle again where we’ve got a competitive and talented squad of players who are hungry for individual and collective success, and success on behalf of the supporters.

“It is my job to encourage the players to show a desire and a hunger to win football matches on behalf of the supporters.”

Wycombe enter the game in high spirits after dramatic late wins over Torquay United and Fleetwood Town and Hill knows his team will have a tough task on Saturday.

“With regards to Wycombe, I believe they are one of the best sides in the division,” said Hill.

“Apart from a bad start I believe they would have been competing potentially for the play-offs or automatic promotion because they play the game the right way.

“I think Gareth (Ainsworth, Wycombe boss) has done a very good job with the players that he’s got at his disposal.

“He’s created a great environment where the players want to learn, want to improve and there’s a collective effort – everyone is singing from the same song sheet and are firing in the same direction.”

Captain Peter Cavanagh is Rochdale’s only injury concern having missed the last four league games, but Hill indicated he may feature after training all week.

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