Date: 17th February 2015 at 9:21pm
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Manager Keith Hill has said that Rochdale were far too charitable in the loss to Peterborough United in our last game.

A two one defeat at London Road, led the manager to tell the Official Site that ultimately key mistakes cost us in the game and we just gave ourselves a mountain to climb.

‘We were too charitable. It’s unfortunate because we’re making key individual mistakes and when you do that you give yourself a mountain to climb in any game. The rest of the sideshows in what you do in the middle of the park is insignificant at times, especially when we’re so charitable.’

Hill went on to say that ultimately for him it did leave him disappointed and frustrated because working with the players all week and knowing what they are capable of, he honestly had to admit that he thinks the psychological element of playing at League One level has now caught up with them, and when you make mistakes like we are, the game plan goes out the window really because you can’t legislate for them and it undoes all the hard work that has gone in during the week.

‘But they’re human and they have made mistakes. We showed great spirit in the second half but I don’t want to talk about spirit. I want to talk about performances, winning football matches and making sure that we don’t make those silly elementary mistakes.’

The other frustration for the gaffer is he references the fact that we’ve scored five goals in our last three away games and that should be enough to take points, but that shows how important it is to tighten up at the back.

With that disappointment hopefully behind us the manager also called on the senior players to step up and help guide the squad through the remaining games we have this season, and he knows the seniors are vital for protecting the youngsters.

‘There’s a mental fatigue with the young players and they need to be fresh from pressure. I don’t want to ruin these players and this is where I need to protect them and I will. I’ll protect players like Scott Tanser, Joe Rafferty, Rhys Bennett, Jamie Allen, Callum Camps and Joel Logan. It’s correct that there is no fear in playing young players, but that’s only when it correct to play them. If you continue to play the young players they end up being broken and I don’t want to see that.’

Hill says that he just needs patience and understand from the fans when he makes decisions to not play the younger lads, because he’s doing it in their best interests.

‘I think it’s important that people understand there’s a massive mental fatigue to what they’ve been doing and expectations weighs heavy psychologically.’

Picking out Tanser for example he adds that he’s had a successful season and done very well to get to this point, but he won’t heap pressure on him when he needs a break, so it’s down to Michael Rose and Tom Kennedy to help take that pressure off and carry on the work he’s done in the first half of the campaign.

Adding that it might be for Stephen Dawson and others to carry the work that Allen and Camps have been doing as well.