Tuesday 20 February 2018

Rochdale boss Keith Hill labels Leeds win 'special'

ROCHDALE 2 LEEDS UTD 0

Rochdale manager Keith Hill
Rochdale manager Keith Hill

PETER FRANCIS

Rochdale boss Keith Hill labelled his side's win over Leeds as "something special" as the League Two outfit sent the 1972 winners crashing out.

Goals either side of the break from Scott Hogan and Ian Henderson saw Rochdale put themselves into the hat for today's fourth-round draw. Hill's men dominated the game from start to finish against the Championship team.

"It was superb to actually get the chance to pit our wits against Leeds at Spotland -- but to win the game, that's something special," said Hill.

"It's a huge result for the club. We are not a cash-rich club but we are very honest. We are one of very few, like Arsenal, who don't spend money they haven't got and don't have debts."

Hogan netted his 11th goal of the season when he headed home Peter Vincenti's cross in first-half stoppage-time and, after Vincenti had spurned a great chance to wrap up the result, Henderson volleyed home Graham Cummins' cross in the 83rd minute.

Disappointed Leeds boss Brian McDermott admitted Rochdale deserved to win the tie. "We haven't lost any points today, which is something, but it doesn't mean a lot at this moment in time," he said.

"You always respect the opposition and we showed a lot of respect today because we had to. They were good, we didn't perform, but I will use that as a driver going forward."

Irish Independent

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