Date: 11th November 2015 at 2:06pm
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Manager Keith Hill has given his thoughts on the loss to Morecambe in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last night, but also his joy at the FA Cup Bury draw.

Beginning with his thoughts on Morecambe, in his post game press conference he told the Official Site that he was obviously disappointed to see us go out of the JPT at this stage, but it means attentions just turn to League and FA Cup competition instead.

‘I`m disappointed. We know that Morecambe are not only a good side, they`re very honest and very competitive, and I think tonight we were beaten by an honest side. I think if you were to put the teams together side by side and asked for their technical excellence then you`d probably pick the majority of ours, but winning football matches is about endeavour, it`s about passion and commitment, and we played slow. I was looking for a repeat performance from Saturday but I didn`t get the energy or the intelligent energy that I expected. We got it later on in the game but it was far too late then. I think the opposition nestled in and they deserved to ride their luck a little bit because they`re a good side and I think they thoroughly deserve go through. But I`m disappointed that we`ve missed out on the opportunity to progress in the JP Trophy.’

Hill went on to say that his disappointment from the performance mainly was the way the efforts of the players represented the club on the day, because Morecambe beat us in those stakes and we shouldn’t have let it happen.

‘We`ve been a Morecambe and we still are a Morecambe. We should represent Rochdale Football Club like Morecambe have represented Morecambe – that`s who we are and that`s our identity. If we start thinking we`re better than that identity then we`ll come unstuck. That`s what our philosophy is built on and that`s why I admire what Jim Bentley is doing because he`s got a collection of players from non-league and other clubs who have not wanted these players and he`s made them strong. He`s also made them really competitive. At half time I showed a challenge from one of their players on one of our players and I asked for the same commitment. That was missing and that`s what really disappointed me because at this moment in time we`re showing a little bit of inconsistency, both individually and collectively, game to game. We`ve got to try and get that consistency back into our league campaign on Saturday.’

With a tie against Bury in the second round of the FA Cup though, there was optimism there for the gaffer.

‘I think it`s a stand out tie in the FA Cup with it being a local derby. I wouldn`t be surprised if it`s touted for a TV game. I know in the early rounds the media cover the non-league sides but looking at the whole draw then it`s a stand out fixture. I`m really excited about it.’

Renewing friendship with David Flitcroft again, Hill is obviously hoping for a better spectacle than the earlier league encounter this season.

‘I don`t mind going through it, but to be honest, it`s not about me and Flicker. We`re trying to compete in League One or whenever we match each other up in a fixture. It has been thrown into the hat that we`re going to compete against each other in the FA Cup and it`s exciting. There`s the prospect of going through to the next round and a full house at Spotland. I really do hope we get the TV game.’