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Get results in short-term, plan for the long-term, says Keith Hill as Rochdale host Torquay United

By Suraj Radia

Rochdale need to start picking up results and stick to a long-term plan, according to boss Keith Hill.

The Dale host Torquay United searching for their first win since Hill’s return to Spotland last month and just a point ahead of their opponents in League Two.

Hill believes his side are on the right path despite being without a win in 2013 but wants to create a style of football that fans will appreciate watching.

“I think we played the best football since I’ve been back at the club against Northampton,” Hill said.

“But, we obviously got beat so we’ve got to play the type of football that’s pleasing to the eye, but that’s also winning football. We’ve got to get the balance right.

“We’ve got to deal with the right here, right now – getting results, getting the points that we need as we can still make an impact on the top half of the table, but we’ve also got to plan.

“I want create a brand and an identity that fans can associate themselves with, one that they’ve been familiar with during our previous success and it is time that we started planning for that again.

“At any football club you have to plan or you get left behind, and I feel as though that’s happened to a certain degree.”

Meanwhile, Ritchie Jones, 26, and Michael Rose, 30, joined on non-contract deals and Hill was delighted at securing the free-agents’ services.

“They’re good technicians and very good footballers,” Hill said.

“Ritchie Jones was brought up at Manchester United and has had a few clubs since leaving United, but never really found a home.

“He’s trained with us for over a week and he’s got the ability we want. It’s now about making sure that we condition him to play the type of football that we want him to play.”

“Michael Rose is an excellent player – I remember him from his Stockport days,” he added.

“His left foot is a wand, he’s very creative and a set play specialist.”

Jones and Rose both go into the squad for the visit of Torquay subject to clearance from the FA while Bobby Grant continues his four-match suspension and Peter Cavanagh faces a late fitness test.

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