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Coleman full of praise

1 October 2012

John Coleman full of praise after Gills win

Rochdale ended Gillingham’s eight game unbeaten run on Saturday with a 2-1 win over the Gills at the Priestfield Stadium.

The victory ensured three consecutive wins on the road for Dale, and Manager John Coleman was full of praise for his players after the full time whistle.

“We played well but we can play better, don’t forget they only had ten men for an hour,” said Coleman. “But I thought we took the game to them and I thought we could have put the game to bed similar to the Wimbledon game in some respects. 

“You’ve got to remember that our back four has combined age of 73 and there won’t be any team playing in the Football League with a combined age of 73 in their back four. I’ve got take my hat to off them as I thought the four of them were absolutely magnificent. They threw their bodies on the line, they got blocks in, they won headers and they got tackles in. They were superb.”

On Skipper Andrew Tutte’s performance, Coleman said: “If ever anyone can lead by example today was a classic example, he was absolutely magnificent. He looked like a player way above this division and if he carries on the world is his oyster.

“There were some outstanding performances there today. We single Tutty out because of his shot and we single the back four out because they’ve defended well.”

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