Date: 30th November 2015 at 4:21pm
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Manager Keith Hill and striker Calvin Andrew have given their thoughts following our two one victory over Port Vale at the weekend.

Beginning with Hill, the gaffer was pleased to see us come from behind in the game to take all three points and he told the Official Site in his post game press conference that he felt it had been a deserved win although he more than admitted we got a huge slice of luck when it came to the penalty award.

‘It`s a difficult battle to balance – trying to give players opportunities and get three points. As a Manager you need three points on a regular basis or points on the board ticking over in the league. I was really pleased with the way that we played and I probably would have been if we had drawn the game or lost the game.’

With a controversial award for us five minutes before the half time break after the opposition had taken the 13th minute lead, Hill said of the penalty.

‘We got a leg up today – it wasn`t a penalty and I do sympathise with Rob the opposition manager and Port Vale, but having said that, I think the first goal is a bit of freakish goal – I think the pitch held the ball up. It could have rocked us confidence wise but it didn`t. I saw us grow today – I saw the players grow and I put my trust in them and I always will do. But like I said, it`s a difficult ask to keep balancing what we`re trying to at Rochdale Football Club because I need points in a league that we`re unfamiliar with. I`m really pleased that we got the three points and I think it was a three point performance.’

With an offensive line up picked, the gaffer went on to say.

‘There was an attacking intent. We looked at the opposition and I thought we could play with two number 10s. James Hooper – it has been a wrestle with myself, him and the rest of the staff about what I want from him but he can provide that type of performance. I`ve got to nurture him and I`ve got to give him fresh legs on the training pitch because he has come off with cramp today. When I look at the two spectrums, Calvin Andrew for example and James Hooper, I think it`s brilliant that the players support what I`m trying to do at this football club, as well as the board of directors. They back each other up. In between that, I look at Callum Camps and see how he is growing maturity wise and that`s where I`ve got to be patient as a manager. That`s where I think in the long term the points will bear dividends.’

As for the aforementioned Andrew, in his own post game interview he focused on how the fightback in the game shows the spirit within the playing staff at this minute.

‘We started a bit slowly. We conceded a goal and I don`t think the conditions helped us with that one, it was kind of stuck in a puddle but we showed good resolve, good character to come back and win the game. It`s fairly difficult to play in conditions like that. The pitch is good enough in that the ball stays rolling most of the time but we`re a good enough team to deal with conditions like that. We`re all good enough technically and comfortable on the ball, so it was fine.’

With good attacking play having gone down by the goal, Andrew believes it was a more than worthy win – luck for the penalty or not – as he points to the woodwork effort that on another day bounces in and our other chances on the day that we should’ve done better with.

‘We should have scored more goals, myself included. I had chances myself that I should have taken. But it shows the character of the team to come from a goal down and we were peppering their goal for the rest of the game.’

With Hooper coming in for praise from the gaffer, Andrew echoed that on the youngsters’ first senior start.

‘He`s a great player, James. He`s fearless on the ball. He plays the game very well and it`s a pleasure when someone comes through the youth system and comes into the team like that. We were all encouraging him. He takes everything on board and he`s doing superbly.’

With Bury up next in the second round of the FA Cup this weekend, the experienced striker added.

‘Everyone likes to be in the spotlight with the cameras here but we`ll take it the same way we have done like any other game. Every time you pull on the shirt and you step out on the pitch it`s exciting and you just enjoy playing football. There are loads of people in the world who would love to do what we do and we`re privileged to do it. Every time we go out there we give it 100 percent.’

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