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Rochdale manager Keith Hill urged his players to end their season on a high in the wake of their impressive 2-0 victory at Hartlepool.

The result, earned through goals from Gary Jones and Craig Dawson, leaves Dale sitting comfortably in eighth in League One. And, with safety all but secured, Hill is desperate for his side to finish as well as possible.

"I'm pleased with the points we have and we are safe now, definitely on 54 points. Now we make sure we don't tail off,'' he said.

As for the victory over Pools, Hill claimed his side deserved to win a tight encounter. "It was two teams playing at the right way, a lot of people don't appreciate what we do and get a bit greedy," he said.

"Some have labelled me a negative coach and all I want to do is play positive football. This was a good advert for League One and we were the better side. After five minutes, we dominated and kept the ball wall, the counter attack for the first goal was fantastic."

"Craig Dawson's finish was superb and we kept a third clean sheet in a third win and I'm pleased for the lads. It's an advertisement for the type of football we aim to play."

Jason Kennedy was superb and he controlled the game, his awareness is good and played through the middle to allow others to support the front man.''

Hartlepool first-team coach Mick Wadsworth was left reflecting on a disappointing week, in which his side threw away a two-goal lead to lose at Walsall before this defeat.

"It's been a tough week, no doubt," he said. "There's been some really good things this season and some times when it's tough to take. This was disappointing, but it's part of sport isn't it?

"We started well and brightly, but the goal changed the game and gave them confidence. We forced them back at times, but it didn't happen for us."

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