Promotion? Rochdale’s Keith Hill says table-toppers haven’t even discussed life in League One

Rochdale manager Keith Hill insists not a single member of his squad has mentioned promotion despite his side going top of the League Two on Tuesday.

Dale will look to complete a third league double in a week when they face Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park on Saturday and consolidate their position at at the summit of the table into the bargain.

With just nine games remaining Dale are in pole position for promotion but Hill is adamant that the squad are looking no further than the next game.

“Nobody in the changing rooms has mentioned promotion,” Hill told The Dale Player.

“The focus is just on the next game, but I’ve got absolutely no idea what’s going to happen.  I try and plan for what’s going to happen, but I’ve got no idea whether it’s going to happen or not.”

Nonetheless the Rochdale boss reiterated his unwavering faith in his squad who he believes are playing with ‘happiness’ and ‘freedom’ at the moment.

“We’ve got a very good squad of players, a squad that we’ve had for most of the season, and one that we’ve put our trust in,” he said.

“We’re not looking to replace players if we have one negative result or we lose a game, we’re very much developing and we’ll continue that development as a squad and as a football club. I’m really happy with it and it’s all inclusive.”

Opponents Wycombe have struggled this season, currently lying 19th in League Two, but have won two out of their last three home matches and Hill expecting a tough encounter.

“If you look at their form book over the last six games then they’re in the top six/seven, so they’ve turned their season around,” he said.

“We don’t play the league table, we play the opposition, and we’ll give them an enormous amount of respect. It’s going to be a very difficult game.”

Rochdale will be hoping for a similar outcome against Wycombe to when they defeated the Chairboys at Spotland back in September.

Goals from Scott Hogan, Joe Bunney and Michael Rose put Dale 3-0 up in the first 15 minutes with Hill’s side eventually prevailing 3-2.

Main image courtesy of OfficialRochdaleAFC via YouTube, with thanks.

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