Hill happy with Dale progress
Last Updated: 26/12/13 7:07pm
Keith Hill: On the right track
Keith Hill says Rochdale are right on track in their quest for promotion after a routine 3-0 win against Mansfield at Spotland.
Two goals from Scott Hogan either side of a Matt Lund strike completed a smooth victory for Hill's men against a Mansfield side which failed to test Dale's debutant goalkeeper Robbie Thomson.
"At the moment, we're right on point, we've won 50 per cent of games this season and it was an excellent result today," declared Hill.
"We're right on track. We've kept a clean sheet, we've won 3-0 at home after scoring three good goals and it could have been more. It was a very professional performance.
"It's about trust, I trust these players. They've not let me down all season. We've had two superb training sessions this week. Having the weekend off was good as it rejuvenated us and gave us a lot of energy."
The home side dominated the opening 45 minutes and were good value for their two-goal lead by the interval.
Hogan opened the scoring after six minutes when he rose between two Mansfield defenders to meet Graham Cummins' cross and send a firm header into the top corner of Alan Marriott's goal.
Dale doubled their lead on 13 minutes when Peter Vincenti's low delivery across the face of goal was turned into the net by Lund at the back post.
And the home side wrapped up a comfortable win when the third came five minutes into the second half, Michael Rose crossing towards the near post and Hogan turning the ball past Marriott for his second.