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Hill: That result is payback for the supporters

19 December 2020

Keith Hill commended an ‘outstanding’ performance from his team as Tranmere Rovers secured a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers. 

Peter Clarke, Kieron Morris and James Vaughan were each on the scoresheet as the Whites moved to within three points of a play-off place in Sky Bet League Two. 

Delighted to return to winning ways, Hill praised the response shown by the group following a disappointing display versus Exeter City last weekend. 

“It’s an excellent result and the performance was outstanding. Sometimes you can get lucky with results, but performances eventually get you winning,” stated the Rovers’ boss. 

“Last week at Exeter, it wasn’t a very good performance and it was a terrible result. From my perspective, that’s a little bit of payback to the supporters. They were obviously disappointed last week, but today was a superb performance matched up with a good result.  

“The players knew that last week wasn’t good enough. For me, I always see football as a great opportunity and we’ve had a good opportunity turn into a great result today. The players have been magnificent all week and we were confident of that type of performance.” 

Three separate scorers helped Rovers claim all three points at the University of Bolton Stadium, with each strike equally as pleasing for the Tranmere boss. 

“I thought they were three good goals,” declared Hill. “It was definitely a penalty; Kieron’s is a good goal and that’s what Clarkey does best. I thought the partnership worked really well today between Sid and Clarke and it was good to get back to keeping a clean sheet.” 

There were five changes made to the side that suffered defeat at Exeter, with Jack Young among those introduced to the starting line-up.

This marked a first appearance since October for the 20-year-old, who made a positive impression on his return to action.

Hill said: “He was outstanding. He has had to be patient, he hasn’t necessarily had the opportunity because of the form the players were in. Because of circumstance, I kept asking him to be ready and he was ready today when he had to step in. I have to respect his patience but he’s now got to improve, keep working hard and not ease off.”


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