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Hill keen to emulate Crewe

Keith Hill wants Rochdale to emulate the success of Crewe's production line of talent following their 3-0 win in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Dale followed up a 5-2 League One success at Gresty Road with a comfortable 3-0 success to progress in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Crewe have now conceded 19 times in eight league and cup fixtures this season and their fans vented their anger on boss Steve Davis and the board after the latest reverse.

"I love what Crewe are trying to achieve on and off the field," said Hill. "We could have been playing against a Crewe side with the likes of (Ashley) Westwood, (Luke) Murphy and (Nick) Powell and it is because of that production line that they are no longer there. Crewe are probably suffering as a result of that. But we are trying to emulate what they have done.

"It wasn't comfortable and easy. We were okay at best here. It is difficult to judge where we are at the moment."

Matt Done was Dale's inspiration again having netted a hat-trick in the league romp. He put Dale ahead three minutes before the interval when he headed home from close range after Joe Rafferty hooked Stephen Dawson's cross back at the far post.

The former Hereford man could have already been on the scoresheet by then, but Scott Shearer came off his line to prevent him making the most of a one-on-one.

With leading scorer Marcus Haber on international duty with Canada, Crewe lacked a goal threat.

Youngster Billy Waters did force a finger-tip save from Conrad Logan with a snapshot shortly after the restart.

But the teenager was left holding his head in his hands after he skied over an unguarded net when Joel Grant's low drive flew back off a post.

And Dale exploited the home side's weakness at set plays, with Peter Vincenti nodding in a second from Jamie Allen's 64th-minute corner.

Then a mix-up between Adam Dugdale and Jon Guthrie allowed substitute Calvin Andrew to finish into an empty net for a third goal three minutes from time.

Crewe boss Davis is desperate to bring in new faces when the loan window re-opens.

He said: "The players need some help as we are going to struggle with that group. Some of them are trying their hardest but they are finding it hard to be big and brave to get themselves out of this situation.

"It is hard for the young players but they have got to be men and stand up for themselves.

"If I get reinforcements in some of them will have to go out, but it is time to act I think.

"We tried to push them forward in the second half and we had one or two chances, but we didn't deserve to get anything out of it."