Rochdale boss Hill insists there will be a ‘response’ against Scunthorpe

Rochdale manager Keith Hill is in no doubt that his team will bounce back tomorrow when they entertain Scunthorpe United at Spotland.

After going down 1-0 at Burton Albion last weekend, Hill was critical of the way his side tried to get back into the game.

However, the Dale gaffer is certain that his players will learn from the disappointment and put things right starting tomorrow.

He said: “It was a massive learning curve for us. We’ve got players who learn, who respond quickly and I’m sure there’s been a lot of deep thinking from the players.

“The lads have kicked on, they’ve been tremendous this week and we’re looking forward to Saturday.

“There will be a positive response; the players know they let their frustrations get the better of them. I can’t let Saturday dilute what’s been an excellent start to the season for the football club.”

His side will be looking to cement their top six place against a 17th placed Scunthorpe side who are yet to pick up an away victory this term.

However, Mark Robins’ men will come into the game looking to secure back to back wins after last weekend’s impressive triumph over high-flying Coventry City.

Rochdale will be hoping to repeat last season’s 3-1 triumph in this fixture and Scunthorpe boss Robins knows the difficulty of their task.

He said: “It’s always a tough place to go and they’re always an interesting prospect.

“Rochdale have had a good start to the season and if we get back to back wins we go on the same points as them. We want to maintain the belief and the way we set about the job on Saturday.”

Scunthorpe, who have four clean sheets to their name this campaign, will be without Luke Williams, Niall Canavan, Stephen Dawson and Jamie Ness.

Whereas Dale, who boast the joint best defensive record in the league, have no fresh injury concerns with Rhys Bennett a long-term absentee.

Dale fans will be desperate for a repeat of the last home performance that saw Hill’s men brush Barnsley aside in a 3-0 win.

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