Rochdale manager John Coleman expects a tough challenge at League Two strugglers Aldershot Town on Saturday as his side looks to end a run of three consecutive losses.
The Dale have slipped to 12th after suffering a 3-1 defeat away at Southend United before York City and Exeter City both clinched 3-2 victories at Spotland.
As they fight to get back into the play-off places, Coleman admitted he is wary of their lower placed opponents, who have only won once at home this season and sit 22nd.
“I went to watch Aldershot a couple of weeks ago and they were very, very good,” he told the club website.
“They played some really excellent football so we know it’s not going to be an easy game.
“Every time we take to the field we should believe we can win and give teams a game and we certainly shouldn’t be giving teams the three goal starts we have the last few weeks.”
Rochdale will be without Terry Gornell for the tie as he starts a three-match ban after being sent off for kicking out during last week’s defeat to Exeter.
Coleman admitted the on-loan striker’s absence is a blow after he netted three goals in as many games but added his side’s back line must improve to get them back on track.
“The last two games Terry has been our best player and he knows it was stupid,” he said.
“But you don’t have to be an Einstein or a top football manager to realise that we’re not defending well.
“We haven’t really defended well all season and that’s something that we need to do something about – but our football is a lot better.”
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