Date: 3rd December 2013 at 6:58pm
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Manager Keith Hill has said it was a very resolute performance from Rochdale in the hard fought draw against York City.

Whilst the game might have finished goal less, that certainly doesn’t reflect the effort the players put in during the game, and that was what pleased Hill when he spoke to the Official Site.

‘It’s a performance that shows we’re capable of sustaining our challenge at the top end of the table. I said at the beginning of the season that I believed we’ve got a chance of maybe getting in the top seven, but as the season progresses the players believe they’ve got a chance of maybe getting in the top three.’

Hill goes on to say that time will tell if that is attainable but he’d still be delighted with a top seven finish, and he feels the way the team battled away admirably at Bootham Crescent shows that top seven at the very least is more than attainable as long as we continue to show that kind of work ethic and team spirit.

Of course he admits that the game wasn’t very pretty on the eye, but it was one of those games where you have to roll your sleeves up and just dig in, and pleasingly for him, we still had chances over the course of the game – especially in the second half – to have taken more from it, but unfortunately that all important goal just wouldn’t fall for us.

As we go into the FA Cup weekend again, Hill says everyone is boosted by the fact that we go into it with a clean sheet and he’ll have Lancashire and O’Connell back which gives him extra options, but he was very pleased with how the players who came in for the York game performed so he knows we have the depth to keep this challenge alive this season.

It’s about how we maintain this now as come February time you’d have expected the division to split a bit more than it currently is and we can really see where we are.