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Coley: We'll play a lot worse than that and win

Stanley's manager discusses the 2-1 defeat to Rochdale

13 October 2019

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman admitted that his side will play a lot worse than they did during the 2-1 defeat to Rochdale and yet will still find a win to clinch the three points.

The Reds were punished by Rochdale captain Ian Henderson as he grabbed a brace and Coleman explained how sometimes you need a player of Henderson's calibre in front of goal.

"We gave it a good go, we tried out best.

"We were undone by someone who was a better finisher than us, that's the harsh reality of it, Ian Henderson's a good finisher at this level and he gobbled up two of the three chances that he had and sometimes you need a player who is like that.

"He's been a top finisher all his career and he punished us today."

Stanley dominated huge parts of the game but the Reds boss acknowledges that if you can't finish in front of goal then dictating play comes with no reward.

"You can have as much of the play as you want and you can dominate the game and have the chances, but if you don't put the ball in the back of the net then you don't win the game.

"We can have no complaints about not winning the game.

"If you look at chances created then we probably created far more chances than Rochdale, we possibly never worked their goalkeeper enough in the first half for the dominance that we had."

The hosts grabbed their first goal of the came as Stanley goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov parried a shot straight to Henderson to bury into the back of the net, and Coleman knows that Evtimov will be knowing that he has to do better with a shot like that.

"I won't have to tell Dimi that he's got to do better with that, but regardless of whether he does better or not, we should follow Ian Henderson in.

"He's a poacher and you don't just let poachers run in on their own unopposed.

"You've got to give him credit for reading it and reading the shot and that the goalkeeper could parry it, so you've got to question our defenders for not following in."

Full-back Callum Johnson missed the game through injury meaning that Coleman switched his team to three in defence and the Reds boss knows that his squad have got to be adaptable.

"We've got to be adaptable and we are adaptable.

"One of the problems we had was Colby's (Bishop) not one hundred percent, Sam Finley definitely isn't one hundred percent, how he got through that I don't know.

"Jerome Opoku wasn't one hundred percent, so we had a stage where we needed to make two substitutions in the last 10 minuetes and we'd already used two.

"So, we had to leave an injured player on which was Colby and ironically he should have scored.

"He (Johnson) damaged his groin, he's had a scan and it's not too serious but it as enough to keep him out today."


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