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Coleman demands better from Rochdale as too many first-half goals force them outside play-offs

By Aimee Howarth

Rochdale manager John Coleman blasted his side’s slow start after three first-half goals sealed victory for York to leave the hosts on the edge of the League Two play-off places.

Two goals from Michael Potts and another by Jason Walker put newly-promoted York ahead inside 35 minutes before Rochdale hit back through Rhys Bennett and a Bobby Grant penalty.

But Coleman was unimpressed by the time the Dale took to get into the game as they looked to bounce back from defeat at Southend United in their previous league game.

“We were definitely architects of our downfall in the first half,” he told the club website. “We gave them too much space and conceded three of the softest goals I’ve ever seen.

“Give them their due they played really well – for 25 minutes up to 45, I think they were excellent, one of the best teams to come here.

“We’ve got to start starting games better – it’s plagued us all season to be honest so we’ll have to keep trying other things.

“Too many individual errors are costing us, it’s cost us a lot of points this season, but we’ll keep working hard.”

But Coleman praised his side’s efforts to turn around the game after the break and get fans back on their side as they look to progress from ninth in the league.

“I think we deserved a point but you don’t always get what you deserve. If we can win the momentum of the second half into next week, we can get a result,” he said.

“It’s not very often you go in three nil down at home and get booed off but rightly so.

“I think we look a little bit nervous but fans pay their hard earned money and have got the right to criticise.

“That’s two winnable games that we’ve passed up now and we’ve got to be better, we’ve got to improve.”

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