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Rochdale boss John Coleman expects tough FA Cup replay test against Morecambe

By Aimee Howarth

Rochdale face a tricky FA Cup first round replay next Tuesday after drawing at fellow League Two side Morecambe, says manager John Coleman.

The Shrimps went ahead after 12 minutes when Andrew Flemming picked up a stray pass and fired home before Jason Kennedy equalised from four yards out 20 minutes from time.

Coleman hailed his players but admitted they have a tough task ahead when Morecambe visit for the rematch after Jim Bentley’s men grabbed three points at Spotland earlier this season.

“Fair play to Morecambe, they came out of the traps bright and deservedly took the lead,” he said.

“It took us about 20 minutes to get going but once we did get going I thought we were fantastic.

“There were some really fantastic performances – I thought Jason Kennedy was magnificent today and Bobby Grant was exceptional in the first half.

“We know when we play Morecambe in the replay it will be a tough game because they proved that when they came to our place and deservedly beat us.”

“It’s one of those things isn’t it? – I’d sooner have it than be out of the cup, that’s for sure.”

Morecambe keeper Barry Roche was named man of the match after pulling off a string of saves from Grant and Kennedy to keep his side in the competition.

Dale keeper Josh Lillis also produced some fine saves and denied the Shrimps a late winner by tipping Nick Fenton’s header over the bar – leaving Coleman wary of an evenly-matched contest.

“Roche is a very good keeper and thankfully we made him bring those saves out and a shot or two hit the bar,” Coleman said.

“But our keeper’s made a couple of decent saves – he made a brilliant one the first half and he’s made a great one in the second half.

“It wasn’t as probably one sided as people will probably make it out tomorrow.

“I know we had a lot of possession, I know we had a lot of chances but Morecambe on account of it have taken us on.”

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