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Keith over the Hill with Dale display

4 August 2013

Manager Keith Hill was full of praise for his Rochdale side after they swept Hartlepool aside with a impressive 3-0 win at Spotland.

Goals from Scott Hogan, George Donnelly and Ian Henderson ensured Dale began the new Sky Bet League Two campaign in perfect fashion.

"It doesn't get much better than that," said Hill. "We dominated in certain periods of the game but we could have found ourselves one or two goals down because they had the first chance of the first half and the first chance of the second half.

"Those chances could have been crucial and it could have undermined the energy and enthusiasm, the work and intelligence we were showing.

"The result is a product of pre-season and, I suppose, the first few months when I first came back to the club. So I'm really pleased at the moment - it couldn't have been a better start.

"There were five players making their debuts but we have been together for six weeks in the making - but we are not made yet. I thought we were very good in every department."

Colin Cooper's first competitive match as Hartlepool manager ended in defeat and he is keen for his players to learn from their mistakes and move on quickly.

"You have got to be disappointed - that is not what you want to happen on the first day of the season,`` said Cooper.

"I told the players if they give me honesty and endeavour I will take that all day long. We made mistakes at both ends of the field so we have to move on.

"It's the first game of 46 and we have had a kick up the backside. We prepared as well as we possibly could.

"Looking back is no good, we have to prepare ourselves for our next game at Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

"Everybody makes mistakes, in football and outside the game. When you make mistakes it's all about how you react and I'll be looking for the players to react in a positive manner.

"They should forget about this game once they have thought about what they did right and what they did wrong."

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