Rochdale: Keith Hill says team have refound their identity

Keith Hill
Keith Hill guided Rochdale to promotion from League Two last season

Rochdale have "refound" their identity with the last two performances, according to manager Keith Hill.

After four losses in five games, including Saturday's 1-0 defeat at League One leaders Bristol City, Dale beat Crewe 4-0 on Tuesday to remain five points off the play-off places.

Hill has seen his side sit in the top half of the table for the majority of this season.

"We've refound our energy which is really important," said Hill.

"It was reaffirming what we're about and we had to re-find it, and we found it on Saturday against Bristol.

"It was an excellent performance and we knew that we'd found something again, our identity."

Joe Bunney
Joe Bunney joined Rochdale from non-league side Northwich Victoria in 2013

Strikers Ian Henderson and Joe Bunney both scored twice in win against Crewe.

And Hill reserved special praise for 21-year-old Bunney, who opened his goalscoring account for the season.

"He's very much like [former Rochdale and current Sunderland forward] Will Buckley physically and he's got to develop physically," Hill told BBC Radio Manchester..

"I'm certainly not going to kill him as he does need a lot of rest and recuperation.

"He's got a great heart and endeavour and he'll be forgiven for the mistakes that he makes because does a great function for the side.

"He's got his just rewards - two great runs and two great goals."