Rochdale boss praises Dele for penalty win

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Dele Alli

According to the BBC Rochdale manager Keith Hill has suggested that Dele Alli was right in the way he won a penalty that almost knocked his side out of the FA Cup.

Dele earned the kick from which Harry Kane put us 2-1 up late in Sunday’s fifth-round tie however Steve Davies’ equaliser secured a Wembley replay for the League One club.

“I won’t hold it against him and if he does it for England in the summer and we win the World Cup, I will certainly be supporting him,” Hill said. I’m led to believe he’s looking for it but we get too involved in controversy.”

Referee Bobby Madley pointed to the spot after Alli went down inside the penalty area under pressure from Harrison McGahey’s challenge and the article is at pains to say no player has been booked more times for diving that Dele, but speaking on BBC One after the game, former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer and ex-Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas believed Madley made the right decision and Dale manager Hill said he backed Alli, or any of his own players, to make the most of challenges in the penalty area.

“If a centre-forward or midfield player feels as though there is a penalty opportunity to be gained – brilliant,”:said Hill, 48.
“Whether it is Dele Alli, Steve Davies, Ian Henderson, Andy Cannon, it doesn’t really matter.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. how many times is Poch going to disrespect domestic cup-ties 11 changes REALLY i for one will no longer pay extra money to watch what is in fact our reserves what is he thinking of i remember going to reserve games and it was free and a free programme as well this is a disgrace Bill Nicholson must be turning in his grave at this he loved winning the f.a cup Poch uses it like a trial match and it also disrespects Rochdale or whoever i for one will now not be at the replay i hope we win but if our manager is not concerned then why should i bother

  2. We had a whole week before our next game this selection was a disgrace and disrespectful to rochdale.like Bernard I have been supporting Spurs over 60 years we wouldn’t have beaten Crewe 13-2 if our reserves had played.

    • if i remember Stephen that was the season before the double as i was only 10 at the time i was not allowed to go to night games i also missed the following season against Crewe for the same reason 21 goals over 2 games i was not amused

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