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League Two

Keith Hill hails Jamie Allen after stunner

22 March 2014

Rochdale manager Keith Hill insisted Jamie Allen was integral to his side's success after the teenage midfielder's fine strike helped see off struggling Wycombe Wanderers 2-0.

Allen crashed in from 20 yards to break the deadlock in the second half at Adams Park and Peter Vincenti doubled the advantage with 15 minutes to go.

Allen's strike was his sixth of the season but Hill believes the 19-year-old's goals only tell half the story.

"It was a superb strike, he's a player's player and they love having him in the side," he said.

"He's got no weaknesses and he's a well brought up lad. For me I believe he's a superstar and we're very fortunate to have that type of talent at our football club."

And while the victory lifted his side two points clear at the top of League Two, Hill claims he is taking no notice of the table.

"I don't pay any attention to the table. I don't manage the table," he insisted. "We've got eight games left and already won 21 this season which is an incredible achievement.

"We've been hit with injuries and suspensions but I trust the squad I've got and what we're trying to achieve. That's what matters at this time of the season.

"We weren't at our best in the first half but Peter Vincenti's still managed to have the best chance of the half. In the second half Jamie Allen has come up with an unbelievable goal."

"Then we get the second and that's something we're capable of doing as well as keeping clean sheets."

While Dale are trying to break into League One, Wycombe are more concerned about preserving their Football League status with this defeat seeing them slip to fourth bottom, just three points off the drop zone.

The Chairboys have not won in four games and face two more of the top five in their next two games with manager Gareth Ainsworth conceding his side lack a killer touch.

"They stuck it in the back of the net and we didn't," he said.

"That's very important. We created a lot of chances and I thought we had maybe 13 or 14 corners, we hit the post and had a couple cleared.

"But Rochdale, who had fewer chances than I us, stuck their chances away and that wins games and that's why they're top.

"We have to work on that and will do so before going again on Tuesday. If we do that we'll be fine. I've been saying that all along.

"Our performances have been good, it's just that final thing of scoring goals.

"We've got some tough games coming up at Burton and Scunthorpe but we've been good on the road this year and I'm hopeful of bringing some points back to Adams Park.

"Matt Ingram made some tremendous saves and we didn't really test their keeper. We've fired a couple right at him but not much more."

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