Rochdale boss Keith Hill hailed his side's performance after they stretched their lead at the top of League Two to six points with a 2-0 victory over Crewe at Spotland.

Chris O'Grady's early strike and an own goal from Mark Tootle sealed all three points for Dale, who successfully bounced back from Monday's defeat by Bury.

Hill said: "This wasn't a case of bouncing back from a defeat, it was just a case of doing what we do, winning games."

He added: "It was really important for us to get back to winning ways, otherwise people would have been asking questions and the supporters would have been saying 'here we go again'.

"We don't have a game now for two weeks, so we can't affect what other teams are doing - we can only affect things on the field when we play - and that's why we needed to win this game and keep people thinking 'Rochdale won again'.

Hill added: "We've got a very good squad here. It may be a small squad considering we are pushing for promotion but it's a quality squad.

"We plan on keeping all the players fit, fresh and fully inclusive. We're really pleased with the points we have so far and with the opportunities we have in the remaining 17 games."

Crewe boss Dario Gradi, who lost Calvin Zola to injury after two minutes, said: "It wasn't a good afternoon for us.

"The boys stuck at it but we couldn't produce the kind of quality we are capable of. Rochdale strung moves together better than we did and we gave the ball away more than they did.

"The circumstances didn't help us, losing Calvin Zola in the opening minutes. We were unfortunate with that injury and then we might have had a penalty (when Scott Wiseman fouled Byron Moore)."

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