EFL preview: Slow start doesn't worry Rochdale boss

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MANAGER Keith Hill insists he is not worried by ROCHDALE’s failure to get off the mark yet in League One.

Dale host AFC Wimbledon this Saturday still looking for their first league win having played four games so far. They were nine minutes from winning at pre-season title favourites Sheffield United, only to draw 1-1.

Dale have since lost 1-0 to Port Vale and MK Dons, before losing 2-1 at QPR in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night, and while Hill wanted better results, he stressed it’s still early days in the 2016/17 campaign.

“We’ve played against some very, very good sides in August and we’ve performed quite well, but the underlying fact is that we’ve had bad results and I don’t like that,” he said.

“I thought we coped quite well (on Tuesday night) and without being too over analytic, I think we’re still in a good position to have a good season with 42 league games left.”

Dale go into the game joint-bottom but are level with Wimbledon as they only picked up their first point with a 0-0 draw at Northampton last week.

BURY are three points better off in 14th after losing 1-0 in last week’s derby at home to Oldham, but the Shakers boosted their squad this week by signing striker James Vaughan. The 28-year-old had just been released by Championship side Birmingham and has signed a two-year deal with Bury.

The former Huddersfield man goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s trip to Walsall, who are also on four points after losing 2-1 at home to Charlton last week. After selling last season’s top scorer Leon Clarke the Shakers brought in Chris Brown but the ex-Blackburn striker is yet to feature.

Like Rochdale, OLDHAM also gave a good account of themselves in the EFL Cup, losing 2-0 at Preston, but now face an unbeaten Bradford side.

Former Bradford boss Phil Parkinson has taken BOLTON to the top of the tale and they are the only EFL side to have won every game so far. Summer signing Mark Howard has been preferred in goal, conceding just three goals in four games, so Wanderers this week let Ben Amos join Cardiff on a season-long loan deal.

Bolton will put their 100% record on the line this Saturday at Charlton, with whom they came down from the Championship with last term. The Addicks have taken seven points from nine since losing at Bury on the opening day.

WIGAN suffered an agonising 4-3 defeat a Nottingham Forest in the Championship last week and aim to bounce back against QPR. Gary Caldwell’s men are unbeaten from two games at home while QPR have lost their last two in the league.

Latics let youth product Tim Chow make a permanent move to Scottish side Ross County this week. The 22-year-old had a lack of opportunities with Wigan this term.