Keith Hill has challenged Rochdale's title rivals to try and catch them after his side extended their lead at the top of League Two with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Shrewsbury.
Hill watched his side record a sixth successive win and move seven points clear in the division's only game to survive the bad weather conditions that swept the country.
"Being the only fixture played meant we were able to increase our advantage at the top of the division and it gives us a points difference that throws down the challenge to other teams in the league to come and catch us up," said Hill.
"While we are playing that kind of football and while we can retain the kind of players we had out there against Shrewsbury, it gives us every chance of maintaining our push for promotion."
Hill added: "I don't like the word easy because nothing in life is easy, you only get what you work hard for.
"We work tremendously hard for everything we get here and the performance was everything we are looking to achieve. All the players were superb and the 4-0 scoreline was scant reward for their efforts."
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