Win was deserved: John Coleman praises comeback as Rochdale snatch late victory from Wycombe Wanderers

By Oliver Rhodes

Rochdale manager John Coleman believed victory over Wycombe Wanderers was earned with an improved second-half performance at Adams Park. 

Wycombe’s Joel Grant responded to an early effort by Ashley Grimes, but Bobby Grant scored in the 92nd minute to earn three points for Rochdale in a 2-1 triumph. 

Coleman admitted his team failed to press their early advantage, but also believed the victory, which has pushed Rochdale into the play-off places, was deserved. 

“We spoke about starting well, but we did not capitalise on that,” Coleman told the official club website.

“Give Wycombe their due, they took the game to us after our goal and they could have scored three times before they scored.

“They pressed us back and I think they were the better team in the first half.

“In the second half, we were a lot better and we deserved to win in the end.” 

The 50-year-old manager handed an immediate start to new on-loan recruit Terry Gornell, who provided the assist for Grimes’ fifth minute strike. 

“He can be a handful for most defences in this league,” Coleman added. “He will only get better with the more games he plays.” 

The ex-Accrington Stanley boss also praised the spirit of his players and stated the team is displaying its own qualities. 

“People will always compare them to Keith Hill’s side, but we have shown there is a lot of character, a lot of fight and the will to win,” Coleman explained. 

“We will give it our best shot every time we play and won’t roll over to anybody.” 

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