Red card changed the game: Rochdale’s two-goal comeback stuns ten-man Port Vale to snatch point

By Oliver Rhodes

Manager John Coleman believed Rochdale deserved a draw against Port Vale last night after a sending off for the hosts rallied his side.

In-form striker Tom Pope scored twice at Vale Park, but Sam Morsy’s dismissal boosted Rochdale with Bobby Grant and Andrew Tutte striking to snatch a point with a 2-2 result.

Coleman slammed Morsy’s challenge on Jason Kennedy and admitted the red card changed the game in Rochdale’s favour.

“Unfortunately for Port Vale and Mickie Adams, the challenge cost them the game,” Coleman told the official club website. “It could have ended Kennedy’s career.

“It is an outrageous challenge, there is no place for that in football and he got what he deserved.”

Following the draw, the Dale have extended their unbeaten streak to four games, but Coleman believed his side could have defeated the Valiants after equalising.

“There was only one team that was going to win it,” he added. “We were on the front foot and we deservedly got the equaliser.”

However, the 50-year-old also praised the performance of promotion-pushers Vale, especially the two strikers Pope and Ben Williamson.

“Port Vale are a good side and the difference was probably their two forwards holding up the ball very well,” he said.

“They were a handful and our two young inexperienced centre-halves did not really get to grips with them.”

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