Insider: Rochdale aiming for FA Cup repeat – starting against Portsmouth

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Rochdale Observer reporter Richard Partington looks ahead to Keith Hill's team hosting Pompey in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Here's what he had to say ahead of the second round tie at Spotland…

Rochdale manager Keith Hill. Picture: Daniel Chesterton/PinPep)

Rochdale manager Keith Hill. Picture: Daniel Chesterton/PinPep)

Fresh in the memory is what was achieved by the club in the FA Cup last season.

Reaching the fifth round and taking Premier League Tottenham Hotspur to a replay, it was a remarkable run.

A break from League One action could do the team good as well.

It's been a really inconsistent season so far, but there have been some results in there to keep Dale just above the League One relegation scrap.

But things are far from healthy at the moment between manager Keith Hill and the supporters.

The boss came out after Saturday's 1-0 home win over Accrington Stanley and criticised the fans for being so quiet.

Although Dale won that game, they barely deserved a point in truth.

Hill was quick to come out and have a pop at the supporters.

But he does always have an agenda, which may have been to get the fans roused ahead of Sunday's FA Cup clash with Pompey.

There will need to be some atmosphere created as the ground can be quiet, but that shouldn't be a problem when Kenny Jackett's team visit.

At the moment there does seem to be some needle between Hill and sections of support, it's not the first time he's had a go.

Questions have been asked about some of his team selections, particularly after winning on Saturday to then making five changes against Oxford in midweek – a game which they ended up losing 4-2.

But Dale seem to be more comfortable heading into these type of games where they are underdogs.

They'll certainly be that when League One leaders Pompey come to town.

I think it suits them in some respects to have a tie like this one.