John Coleman insists Rochdale needed to play their passing game more after Rotherham United defeat

By Oliver Rhodes

Rochdale manager John Coleman outlined his frustration with his side’s second half performance, as Rotherham United claimed a last-gasp winner at Spotland.

Ashley Grimes gave Rochdale a 29th minute lead, but striker Kayode Odejay and Courtney Cameron sealed the three points for the Millers.

Rochdale slipped to 12th in League Two and Coleman was disappointed his players failed to play their own game against Rotherham’s long ball technique.

“We spoke at half-time about how we could not sit-in and had to pass the ball and get at them, but we did not,” Coleman told the club’s website.

“Give Rotherham their due, as they pinned us, committed men forward and their style of play was effective.

“Whether you want to watch that every week is debatable, but it got them the result. That is football sometimes – the purist approach does not always work.

“As soon as Peter Cavanagh was caught in possession, two minutes into the second half, we seemed reluctant and scared to pass the ball.”

Despite the windy conditions during the game, Coleman offered no excuses and wants his side to quickly recover from the defeat.

“We have to dust ourselves down and believe the type of football we are trying to play is going to be successful,” Coleman added.

“Saying we can only play when we have the wind is a bit embarrassing, because we should be able to play better against it.”

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