Date: 30th September 2015 at 3:25pm
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Manager Keith Hill has said he was thrilled with how Rochdale started the game last night against Shrewsbury Town.

Coming out of the blocks sharpish to give ourselves a commanding three nil lead inside of the opening 15 minutes of the game was certainly a positive, but then Hill was also pleased with our defensive play largely as knowing we’d get the kitchen sink thrown at us in the second half once they got two goals back, we managed to see out the game.

Speaking to the Official Site following the full time whistle, the gaffer explained.

‘It was a rollercoaster first half. I thought the second half probably belonged to Shrewsbury, but I thought we defended their runs and their penetrations well in the second half. There was a lot of drama but it was psychological drama and I had to reassure the players at half time. We delivered three knock out punches in the first round and at the end of the day we still won on points. I had to remind the players at half time that we were winning 1-0.’

Hill went on to say that having had a talk with the players a few weeks ago about not getting sucked into the ‘opposition’s desperation’ to get back in a game and allowing yourself to get run around losing sight of the game plan, that again featured at half time and he was far more pleased with how we handled their dominance in the second period.

‘Like I said to the players a couple of weeks ago, you can`t get involved in the opposition`s desperation and chaos that they were trying to create – they were trying to create it through the referee at times in the first half. It was a difficult game, there`s no question about that and Shrewsbury have caused us more problems going forward than any other team this season.’

With that said he declared himself ‘reasonably happy’ though not only with the performance but certainly with the final result.

‘I was reasonably happy. I got the start that I asked for and that we had planned for, and it`s just the middle ground that we have to improve on. The players have to be able to work things out for themselves at times because we`re just in between at the minute. I think you saw the best of us and maybe the slight worst of us after we conceded the first goal, because like I said, we can`t let the desperation of the opposition and a little bit of anxiety feed into performances.’