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Sorry says Coleman

25 April 2015

Stanley boss John Coleman has apologised to the fans after their 4-0 defeat at Dagenham.

Ninety-one Stanley fans travelled to Essex but a first half goal by Matt Partridge followed by second half strikes from Jamie Cureton, Frankie Raymond and Jodi Jones kept Stanley in 17th spot.

The Reds mustered little with just two shots on target during the clash.

"You have got to take your hat off to Dagenham," said Coleman. "They were miles better than us. We were second to every ball, we defended atrociously  and we got what we deserved.

"I feel sorry for the fans, they were in great spirits all game and I thank them for coming and all I can do is apologise for the performance.

"We came up against a team who were full of confidence and the goals we conceded at important times derailed us.

"We had been on a good run of form and we didn't look like a team who battered Stevenage with ten men last week.

"It looked like a typical end of season game, we looked jaded and they looked up for it and that's disappointing and sometimes you can't put your finger on it.

"We have conceded 73 goals this season and that tells you that defensively we are not good enough and that's something we have got to strive to improve next season. If we concede that many next season, we will struggle."

The one positive was the debut for teenager Max Hazeldine and Coleman added: "It was a difficult situation for him to come into but I am sure there will be many more games where he can make his mark."


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