Jason Kennedy snatches late winner to seal happy return to Accrington for Rochdale boss John Coleman

By Oliver Rhodes

John Coleman enjoyed his return to Crown Ground, as Jason Kennedy’s late-strike sealed the win for Rochdale.

Goals from George Donnelly and Ashley Grimes initially put Rochdale in the driving seat, but Accrington Stanley levelled with efforts from Piero Mingoia and Rommy Boco – either side of half-time.

However, Kennedy ensured the Dale would finish as 3-2 victors and Coleman was pleased with the midfielder.

“I spoke to Jason Kennedy about stepping up to the plate,” Coleman told the official club website.

“He is a fantastic player, one of the best players in the league, and it was nice for him to get his goal today.”

Speaking about the game, Coleman added: “It’s nice when you come out on top.

“I thought we played better in the second half, but I still think we can play better.”

The Rochdale boss also admitted the return to Accrington Stanley – a club he managed for over a decade – was ‘quite emotional’.

“You can’t just wipe away the years I’ve had here,” Coleman said.

“I’ve had some fantastic times here and these people are like my family.

“But I’ve got a job to do at Rochdale and I am loving it.”

After extending their unbeaten run, Rochdale now find themselves in the League Two play-off places.

But league matters on Tuesday night shall step aside, as Rochdale host rivals Bury in the Football League Trophy.

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