Rochdale boss John Coleman slams ten-man side after AFC Wimbledon defeat is one of ‘worst days in life’

By Oliver Rhodes

Rochdale manager John Coleman was disgusted with his ten-man side’s defeat to bottom club AFC Wimbledon at Spotland.

Wimbledon’s on-loan youngster Paul McCallum grabbed the only goal, as Rochdale were reduced to ten men with Joe Rafferty dismissed for two yellow cards.

Coleman was critical of the team’s performance and admitted his disbelief with their inability to produce more efforts on target.

“I said to the players after the game, it was up there in the five worst days of my life,” Coleman told the club website.

“We have 31 shots against Exeter City and, no disrespect to Wimbledon, but they have conceded 46 goals and we tested their goalkeeper once.

“The sending off was the killer blow, because the goal would have probably woken us up.

“Joe knows he has been booked, so to make a challenge like that is nothing short of stupid.”

Despite his disappointment with the squad, Coleman admitted he remains accountable for the defeats.

“I have to look at myself and ask what I could have done differently,” he added.

“More or less, the same team played against Bradford City and Cheltenham Town, so you have to ask yourself whether it is the mentality of the players.

“I have to be responsible for that, because it is my job to train them.”

Rochdale stay 12th in League Two, but their hopes of the play-offs were dented as most teams above them hold a game in-hand. 

“I have to do my best to turn things around,” Coleman said.

“I have been in this league long enough to know that we can go on a run and win games.

“We owe it to the fans to play better.”

Image courtest of Rochdale AFC, with thanks.
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