The best chance of the game fell to George Donnelly but he could only fire straight at City goalkeeper Michael Ingham when clean through on goal.
Dale have now not won in six away games and are nine points above the relegation zone.
"We just didn't quite do enough," Hill said. "I thought the lads gave me every ounce of energy they had but they realise and they know how difficult it is to play the way I want to play the game.
"They put everything into Saturday (a 4-1 win over Wycombe) and I played with the same team that finished the game.
"They just couldn't repeat the energy from Saturday's performance but they didn't go under or shirk their responsibility. If you don't win a game then you don't lose it and we've not lost it.
"The lads want to play the way I want to play and I've seen a change in the understanding. It takes time and we're building for next season.
"We had the one stand-out chance of the game when George Donnelly went through. He finished two on Saturday and I was expecting him to finish but he didn't.
"I'd take the clean sheet everyday, it's another point and hopefully we can now build some momentum. The opposition showed good energy as they have a new manager, I thought both teams were good value for a point."