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Coleman: We’ve got to learn how to win

22 August 2012

Rochdale were cruelly denied victory on Tuesday night as Chesterfield netted a late goal to steal a point at the Proact Stadium.

Andrew Tutte had fired Dale ahead shortly after the interval, but a last gasp goal from Jack Lester meant Dale had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Manager John Coleman spoke to Dale Player following the 1-1 draw: “We’ve got to learn how to win and at this moment in time we don’t know how to win,” said Coleman. “We had killed the game off, we were so much in control it was untrue and in the last five minutes we just abandoned everything we that we had done.

“We were magnificent in the second half to the last five minutes then we’ve gifted them three chances after they hadn’t been near our goal for the other 44 minutes. They had a couple of cheap free kicks which had added to the pressure but we’ve got to able to deal with it better than that and we’ve got to defend them better. We’ve given the ball away cheaply and we’ve paid the price."

He continued: “I’m at the stage now where I don’t know if I can take anymore disappointments because it seems to be happening time and time again and it always seem to happen away from home. I don’t why we can’t win away from home, but it is absolutely doing my head in to be honest.

“We should be winning that game, yeah we’ve kicked five off the line on the night, but anyone who was at the game will have seen we’ve dominated possession for long periods, and at times we could have walked the ball into the net. We were so sloppy with our finishing and so sloppy with our passing late on, and all the good work gets undone in a blink. We’ve got to learn how to win and that is something we’re going to have to drum into them.”

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