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Pre-Match: Coleman On Daggers Encounter

11 January 2013

Rochdale are back on the road this weekend with a trip London to face Dagenham and Redbridge and Manager John Coleman is demanding a reaction from his players following last weekend's defeat at home to AFC Wimbledon.

Looking ahead to the encounter at Victoria Road, Coleman said: “I thought the second half [against Wimbledon] was abysmal. The game was won, or lost in our case, during a ten minute calamity spell where we didn’t get out of our half. No disrespect to Wimbledon because they came and did a reasonable job, but when you have 30 odd shots against Exeter and 20 odd shots against Cheltenham Town but you’re only getting two or three against Wimbledon, then it just doesn’t add up. 

“It would be easy to look at excuses like we’ve played quite a few games in a short space of time, but I don’t subscribe to that because they’re professional footballers and if they weren’t playing they would be training. I’ve always said that the buck stops with me as you should look inwards first of all, so if I can do something about it, I’ll try my best to rectify it.

“I’m expecting a response from the players [against Dagenham and Redbridge], it is what I’ve demanded. I would have liked to have brought in a few players to make a statement [to the players], but unfortunately I’ve drawn a blank on that at the moment.”

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