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Rochdale victory over Morecambe would be ‘best present’ for birthday boy John Coleman

By Oliver Rhodes

John Coleman will be hoping his birthday wishes come true as Rochdale aim to improve their home form as Morecambe  arrive at Spotland tomorrow.

The Dale have failed to win the previous three league games at home and Coleman knows his team must perform better.

And after suffering a bitterly disappointing penalty shootout cup defeat to rivals Bury in midweek, Rochdale are battling to shape up their act.

“We’ve got to try and govern things, which are in our control,” Coleman – who turned 50 today – told the official club website.

He added: “It would be nice to win and it would be the best present I get.”

Rochdale will be without the services of Craig Curran, who joins striker Bobby Grant on the suspension list.

However, Jason Kennedy and Dele Adebola are likely to return following their midweek rest.

Plus, captain Peter Cavanagh may be available for selection following his start against Bury on Tuesday.

Despite their apparent home troubles, Rochdale continue to hold an unbeaten streak and Coleman wants the momentum to build.

“We’ve had a bit of luck with results, but to benefit from luck you have got to work hard,” Coleman explained.

But the Rochdale boss understands Morecambe as a team with good management and the potential to be threatening away from home.

Coleman said: “All we got to do is try and focus on ourselves.”

If Rochdale stay focused, perhaps the birthday celebrations will be extended.

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