‘Like Barcelona’: Coleman praises Rochdale’s first half performance in beating Bradford City in League Two

By Oliver Rhodes

Rochdale manager John Coleman compared his side’s first half performance to Barcelona, as they beat Bradford City at Valley Parade.

Despite two penalties converted by Bradford’s Alan Connell, the Dale emerged victorious with Terry Gornell scoring twice with Ashley Grimes and Andrew Tutte also netting.

An action-packed first half saw six goals and Coleman believed the quality from his side, in particular, seemed similar to Barcelona’s style of play.

“If we were Barcelona playing in the first half, everybody would be purring over how good we are,” Coleman told the club website.

“We aspire to play like Barcelona. Obviously we are not as good, but you can still have the same philosophy – hard work, retain possession and incisive passing.

“The first goal was a wonderful example.”

Rochdale climbed to tenth in the League Two standings following the win and Coleman was proud of the players’ mentality, as well as their performance.

“Our lads showed a lot of character,” he explained.

“Their heads could have easily dropped after Bradford equalised, but we scored another magnificent goal.

“In the second half, we showed a lot of professionalism and we kept the ball really well.”

Coleman admitted to having defensive problems, but believes Rochdale possess an attacking force to compete for the play-off places.

“Everybody knows about our defensive frailties, but I certainly think we are one of the best teams going forward and we proved that,” Coleman said.

Image courtesy of Rochdale FC, with thanks
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