Rochdale in “confidence hole” claims manager

Rochdale’s manager has admitted the team are suffering from a lack of confidence following their third straight defeat in the space of just seven days.

Dale’s 4-0 defeat at the hands of Burton Albion on Saturday came on the back of a 5-0 hammering at Doncaster Rovers on New Year’s Day and a 4-0 loss at home to Bradford City before that.

It means that over the course of the last three games, Rochdale have shipped 13 goals and are yet to find the back of the net in over 270 minutes of league football.

Speaking after the defeat to Burton Albion, manager Keith Hill admitted his side were struggling: “It’s not over, the race isn’t run yet, it’s important that we recognise that and we try and build from this hole that we’re in and we’re in a hole, confidence hole, we’re in a hole results wise, we’re in a hole conceding goals not scoring and we have to dig ourselves out of it, there’s no quick fix.”

Dale weren’t helped with the absence of some key players prior to the match at the weekend through injury and illness.

They’ve also lost five players since the start of the January transfer window, who’ve left the club.

David Perkins has joined Tranmere Rovers; Andy Cannon made the move south to join Portsmouth and Harrison McGahey signed for Scunthorpe.

Also, goalkeeper Brendan Moore left the club to return to America while Sam Hart returned to Blackburn Rovers following the end of his loan deal.

Rochdale now have a break from the league this evening (Tuesday 8th January) when they welcome Manchester City’s under-21s to the Crown Oil Arena in the third round of the Checkatrade Trophy.

Dale then face a trip to Peterborough United on Saturday (12th January) hoping to pull themselves away from the relegation zone, currently the side sit 18th in League One, three points above the bottom four.

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