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New Rochdale gaffer Keith Hill promises to bolster squad with quality recruits after Cheltenham draw

By Michael Kelleher

Rochdale boss Keith Hill has promised new additions after watching his side battle to a goalless draw against Cheltenham in difficult conditions at Whaddon Road Ground.

In a game of few chances, the Dale had goalkeeper Josh Lillis to thank after his brilliant one-handed save from Keith Lowe in the second-half kept the game scoreless.

Hill, who was overseeing his first game since taking over from John Coleman, was pleased with the result but plans to add players to increase competition.

“They know I am going to recruit but they should see that as a stimulus,” Hill said.

“The players need that competitiveness in the training. It was a strong performance tonight but we can definitely get better.

“We have only had two days to work with the players and in those two days you try and give them a lot of information. They have come and performed how we have asked them to play.

“Everyone is keen at the minute but the problem for me was not knowing the opposition – I couldn’t really do the homework that would give us the edge.

“But I’m relatively pleased to come away with a point and it’s something to build on. We will play better because I’ve witnessed in training how talented the players are.”

Rochdale kept their first clean sheet in the league since the end of October and Hill said defending was something he emphasised in training during the week.

“We have been working on the discipline and structure of the side and I think that was evident tonight,” he said. “It was a horrendous evening to play football and it was a great test of character.”

“Everyone to a man followed instructions and we deserved our clean sheet. That’s what success is built on.”

The draw leaves Rochdale in 13th position in the npower League 2 table and they host Chesterfield in their next game on Saturday.

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