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League Two

Keith Hill only concerned with result

15 March 2014

Rochdale boss Keith Hill insisted the win was the be and end all after his side came from behind to claim a 2-1 victory over Accrington at Spotland.

Dale were not at their fluent best but Matt Lund's brace preserved their place among the automatic promotion contenders. They had to come from a goal behind to carve out the three points, Lund levelling with a fortuitous effort to cancel out a stunning strike from Piero Mingoia - before clinching the points in stoppage time.

"It's all about results for us at this stage of the season and we got the right result today," said Hill.

"It was very frustrating at times for me. Patience doesn't mean slow and I thought we were far too slow at times in the first half. But we got the result and that means everything.

"It doesn't matter how we got it, we got it and that's all that matters. I was disappointed with their goal, as good a goal as it was. We had an opportunity on the edge of the box to clear it, but what a strike! But we got the result in the end.

"Accrington do have quality so they can sit and pick you off. That energises them and you could see the frustration in out play at times. I think we can still be better in possession and one or two of our players are not quite on beat at the minute, but the opposition had quality and could have hurt us."

Stanley midfielder Peter Murphy had the best effort of an uneventful, scrappy first half when he met Mingoia's low cross with a snap shot which flew narrowly wide of Josh Lillis' near post.

Mingoia broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute when he punished the Dale defence's inability to clear their lines from a corner. When the loose ball dropped to him on the edge of the area and he volleyed home from 20 yards.

Rochdale had an effort chalked off soon after, Ian Henderson's scissor kick into the roof of the net ruled offside. But they equalised on 77 minutes when Dean Winnard's attempt to head clear a Joe Rafferty cross hit Lund in the face and flew past goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.

And Dale grabbed the win in stoppage time when Joe Bunney's header was saved and Lund stabbed home from close range.

Stanley boss James Beattie said his side deserved something from the contest.

"I thought the lads were tremendous and we were the better side for long periods of the match," he said.

"The commitment, desire and discipline we showed, the shape and determination of the players - it was tremendous for me to see and we haven't got what we deserved from the game - we deserved something.

"Piero scored a great goal and that forced them to change tactics and come at us. We were resilient but they scored one of the luckiest goals I have ever seen to get back into the game and then there was a sucker punch at the end."


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