Keith Hill: Rochdale need 'game of lives' to beat Leeds in FA Cup

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Beating Leeds not impossible - Keith Hill

Manager Keith Hill says Rochdale can upset Leeds in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, but concedes his team will need "the performance of their lives".

There are 45 places between Hill's League Two outfit and Leeds, who lie eighth in the second tier.

"They're an excellent Championship side and it's going to be a difficult task, but it's no way impossible," said Hill.

"We've probably got to be at our very best and probably play the games of our lives, but we're capable of doing it."

The ex-Barnsley boss, who has guided Rochdale to fifth in League Two, continued: "We've played some marvellous football this season, especially at home, and I don't see why we have to go into this game with fear. Respect - yes - for Brian [McDermott] and his team, but no fear."

Rochdale last appeared in round three back in 2005 and have defeated and in the cup so far this season.

Victory over Leeds will see them into the last 32 for the first time since 2003.

"Leeds are an amazing football club and an amazingly successful football club," Hill, 44, told BBC North West Tonight.

"They're in great shape at the minute in the Championship and looking to embark on a promotion campaign, and they've got a super manager.

"From our perspective, to play at home against them is a real privilege and an opportunity to create a cup upset."

Meanwhile, Rochdale have confirmed former Manchester City defender Javan Vidal has left Spotland.

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