Football: Keith Hill, Steven Davies and Callum Camps speak of the upcoming match at Wembley
Date published: 26 February 2018
Callum Camps, Rochdale AFC
Rochdale manager Keith Hill, along with players Steven Davies and Callum Camps, spoke to Rochdale Online on Monday about the much-anticipated FA Cup replay against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.
Hill said: “We are treating this like any other game of football regardless of the surroundings.
“We are travelling down to London today after training at Burton. Tomorrow will be breakfast, dinner and then back to training at St George’s park and training on a Wembley sized pitch. After that we will go down to Wembley and stay over in London.
“I do hope that all 7,000 or at least 5,000 fans can get down to Wembley stadium to support the team.
“It was my dream as a kid to be at Wembley but managing at Wembley will be a very special day for me and for the team. It would be even more special if we were to cause some upset.”
Callum Camps said: “We are going to try and enjoy this occasion. It is going to be a great memory for us.
“I came to this football club when I was ten and from the start they tell you to work hard and drill out any bad attitude to keep you grounded. I never thought this would happen when I was younger.
“We have had two league games to focus on before the replay, so I have not really thought about going to Wembley but now the reality is starting to sink in.
“Spurs may be stronger and bigger than us, but we are going to give it our all.”
When asked how he feels about playing against Tottenham Hotspurs at Wembley, striker Steven Davies said: “We know we are going to be tested but where better to be tested than at Wembley?
“First and foremost, we are going to try and make it as uncomfortable for Spurs as we can.
“It is going to be tough, but we are going to go there and give it our everything and hopefully it will be enough on the day.
“I have never played at Wembley before, but I have been there a few times as a fan to Liverpool games.
"Once the game is over and the dust is settled then I am hoping it is going to be something I can look back on and be very proud of.
“I think this opportunity for me to go there and sample what these players get to do very few times in their career is going to be something I will never forget.
“All the team want to enjoy it, but we will only enjoy it if we do ourselves proud. We will do whatever we can for each other on the pitch.
“I have had three big injuries in my career and one in particular really tested me. I thought I would never make it back. I fractured my skull in 2011 playing for Darby County and it was a horrific injury but I persevered, and I am here today and thankfully back to playing. The Sunday match was a reminder that I have still got plenty to give.
“I have been back training for three or four weeks now and I am going to do my best to score. Whilst I have still got the opportunity I am going to give it everything I have got.
“We know we are punching above our weight, but we want it to continue.”
When asked about Rochdale’s position in League One, Davies added: “Saturday (against Wigan) was another mistake we have made, and we are being punished for it, but we know how good we are and can be without individual errors. We are confident that for the remainder of the season we can get ourselves out of trouble.”
Hill added: “We do not know if we can climb out of it, we will know obviously after 46 games, but we are planning to move away from the bottom. We just have not been good enough all season due to small individual errors.
“We are more than happy with the strategies and tactical side of the game but the individual mistakes, whether it be in scoring or converting opportunities or defending, I think this has cost us.
“Our conversion rate has diminished. On a regular basis, we would score over 70 goals a season combined between the players and we just have not had those five, six or seven goals per player this season. We are creating similar opportunities just not converting, so our ratio has really gone down and we are being severely punished for these mistakes.
“That is just the story of the season.”
Calvin Andrew is still not fit to play at Wembley on Wednesday, Hill said: “We already have a depleted number of players in the FA Cup, so it is a disappointment, but we need him back fit so this will give him time to recover.”