Keith Hill hailed Chris Dagnall after his hat-trick helped Rochdale clinch a 4-1 victory over struggling Grimsby and maintain the club`s lead at the top of League Two.
Three goals from Dagnall and another from Joe Thompson, who broke the deadlock, moved Dale a step closer to promotion.
And Hill said: ``Chris deserved his hat-trick and it was a special performance from him. It was a superb performance in general."
He added: ``The conditions didn't help but we came out of the traps and so did Grimsby to be fair, but once we wrestled the tempo away from the opposition I thought we were well worth our lead.''
Ashley Chambers pulled a goal back for the Mariners before half-time to make it 3-1, but it proved mere consolation as Dale dented Grimsby`s survival bid. And Town boss Neil Woods was furious with his side afterwards.
``It was a combination of Rochdale being good and us being bad,'' he said. ``Give them credit, they are flying high and they are a good team going forward. But we didn't make it hard enough for them and you can't give away the type of goals we gave away and expect to beat anybody.''
He continued: ``We didn't deserve to go in 3-1 down at half-time, it could easily have been 3-0 or 4-0 to Rochdale.
``In the second half we had the wind behind us but even then we huffed and puffed without any quality and their fourth goal just summed up the quality of our performance.
``Nobody ever wants to lose games but there are ways of losing games and to say I am angry and disappointed with the way we lost this one would be an understatement. Our supporters were superb, but we let them down.
``Rochdale were better in every department. They out-competed us and there are few positives to take. We have to show more fire than we did here.''
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