Goals from Luke Matheson and Jimmy Ryan ensured a much-changed Bolton remained rooted to the bottom of the League One table.
There was a stunning reaction from the Bolton boss afterwards, however, as he rallied against outside expectation that he feels is way wide of the mark.
“Nobody is on the same page whether it’s the press, the football club, whether it’s the staff, the players or the academy at this moment in time,” he said.
“[We are] 100 per cent committed to creating a new Bolton. There are people still living in the past, people still going on about what they did, what they haven’t done.
“I am sick to death of listening to what they did the last time they were in League One. I am sick to death of being criticised for putting a team together and putting my future at risk and nobody else’s. I am sick to death of all the criticism of this team and all that they are doing.
“Adam Chicksen has played today, probably his last game as we try to create a new team. I had a chat yesterday about playing, about the potential impact, and he’s as brave as a lion, did exactly what I wanted.
“I put my neck on the line. I came here because there is a massive rebuild and it’s not a one-game season – don’t compare me to Sam Allardyce, don’t compare me to Phil Parkinson the last time we were in League One because I haven’t got his budget, nowhere near, I am on a rebuild mission here.
“The consortium are 100 per cent in the loop on that plan.
Asked where he was getting criticism from, Hill added: “Press. Opinions. Everybody is tweeting, everybody is comparing to what they did last time. Everybody is comparing stats and facts.
“Get some reality, get some perspective and let’s start supporting this team so it makes itself clean and it makes sure that it exists beyond the financial perilous situation it was in last time where they were £140-160million overspend. We are not overspending, we are trying to create a new team identity, a new football club.
“It won’t happen overnight and if a new manager comes in tomorrow it will be exactly the same problems.”
Hill was happy with Wanderers’ performance – Ethan Hamilton having hit both the post and the bar on his debut.
“I’m proud of the players, the spirit they have shown, the relentless energy they have brought to the table. The chances we had.
“I won’t dispute the possession Rochdale had. They are a good side in possession and I love the way they play. But there is probably eight years’ work and the continuity from Brian (Barry-Murphy), the players, the layering system. It’s good to watch but we were well in the game.
“I am pleased for players and I will support the players. I want to be given the opportunity to build my team, the identity of the supporters, and what they expect from underneath the shirt was there today.
“Clean it up with good footballing decisions and we become a good team.”