Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Dale Down - but There's No Crisis Insists an Upbeat Hill

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Dale Down - but There's No Crisis Insists an Upbeat Hill

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MANSFIELD ..............3 ROCHDALE................0 KEITH Hill laughed off talk of a crisis in the Rochdale ranks after their six- game unbeaten run came to an end at Mansfield. Second-half goals from Martin Riley, Matt Rhead and Ryan Tafazolli T condemned Dale to defeat and saw them knocked off top spot in League Two as T SCUNTHORPE edged one point ahead following their draw against Bury.

The Stags certainly deserved the three points - but Dale in crisis? Fleetwood's failure to beat Morecambe at home and Burton's loss at Northampton meant the gap between Dale and the play-off pack was only narrowed by a point, leaving Hill's men six points clear with just four games to play. "We had our opportunities in the first half, that's undeniable, and a better pass, a better finish and it could have been a different story," he said. "But it wasn't. I was asked on the morning of the game would I have taken where we are in the league at the start of the season -

I think anyone - would! …

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