Hill on a high after 'outstanding' win

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Rochdale manager Keith Hill hailed his side "outstanding" after seeing them climb up to fifth in the table with a 3-2 home win over Walsall.

Jon Macken gave Walsall an early lead before Josh Thompson and Anthony Elding put Dale in front. Darren Byfield levelled for the visitors, but home skipper Gary Jones settled it from the penalty spot in the 65th minute.

Hill said: "We were probably caught cold for the first goal, but Darren Byfield's effort was a tremendous strike. When you look at the scoresheet and see Macken and Byfield scoring in League One, it shows the quality of opponent we are up against."

He added: "I felt once again there was a little too much expectancy at home and Walsall's early goal probably did us a favour because it took a bit of pressure off us and we responded well.

"I thought we were outstanding in the second half once Josh Lillis had made two great saves. We took the game to Walsall after those saves and I was just disappointed the referee disallowed Craig Dawson's goal because Joe Thompson's position meant he was interfering with the goalkeeper - but he wouldn't have saved that in a month of Sundays.

"It was a tremendous header and we should be celebrating a 4-2 win. In the end it was a little bit uncomfortable, but people have to appreciate the opposition are a very good team and they were throwing everything at us in pursuit of an equaliser."

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