John Coleman blasts sloppy Rochdale players for surrendering two-goal lead to Dagenham & Redbridge

By Aimee Howarth

John Coleman blasted his Rochdale players after they surrendered a two goal lead to visitors Dagenham & Redbridge.

The home side put themselves in front in the first half as Dele Adebola and Bobby Grant found the back of the net.

But the game turned on its head when Dale defender Kevin McIntyre was controversially dismissed for a challenge in the penalty area with 30 minutes to play.

Mickey Spillane scored from the spot for The Daggers before Sam Williams headed home an equaliser from Medy Elito’s corner to draw the game 2-2 – but Coleman refused to blame the referee Dean Mohareb for his side’s collapse.

“You get bad decisions, Dagenham had a couple of bad decisions against them and they have had a red card decision rescinded so far this season, so bad decisions happen in football,” he said.

“But the referee didn’t head the ball in for the second goal or pass the ball through the middle of our defence for the first goal.

“So I’m not going to moan and gripe about anyone, we’ll concentrate on what we can affect, and that’s our players.”

The draw follows two away victories for Rochdale, who have claimed just one home victory so far this season.

They sit tenth in League Two with 12 points from eight games, but will be hoping to improve their form as they look to bounce straight back up into League One.

“I wasn’t happy with our first-half performance,” admitted Coleman.

“I thought we played in fits and starts as we did in the recent home game against Barnet, and the match was heading in a similar direction to that game.

“But once we went down to ten men we were all over the place and Dagenham deserved to get back in the game.”

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