‘Embrace the hard work’: Rochdale boss Keith Hill wants players to dig deep ahead of York City trip

By Michael Kelleher

Rochdale boss Keith Hill has challenged his players to close out the season in style ahead of their trip to face York City at Bootham Crescent.

The Dale emphatically defeated Wycombe Wanderers at Spotland on Saturday to record only their second win of 2013.

Hill is hoping that win will herald a reversal of fortunes and is the beginning of a run that will springboard them up the table.

“The players have got to embrace the hard work and the endeavour,” he said.

“We’ll get results which will breed confidence and belief – belief from the supporters and the players, belief from the players and each other, and in what I’m doing as well.

“That will breed fear within the opposition when we start going on a run of positive results and winning football matches. You can really build up a head of steam.

“We’ve got ten games left now. I said to the players before Saturday’s game that we had an 11-game season – that this was the cut-off point, and this is where we start our season.”

Former Northern Ireland and Norwich City boss Nigel Worthington recently replaced Gary Mills as York City manager.

Worthington is still searching for his first win after losing his first game in charge at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

Hill knows York’s players will be highly-motivated for Worthington’s home debut but is confident his team have what it takes to win.

“We’re playing against opposition who have just got a new manager and they’ll be looking to impress,” he said.

“They’re a good footballing side but we’ve got to match York in every aspect.

“I hope that our talent on paper, and the talent we’ve got with respect to our pool of players, produces a performance.”

Terry Gornell is a doubt for the Dale after injuring his groin on Saturday but his replacement George Donnelly scored twice and should start again.

Captain Peter Cavanagh was an unused substitute after his return from injury and will hope to feature at Bootham Crescent.

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