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League Two

Coleman breathes sigh of relief

24 October 2012

John Coleman was a relieved man after his Rochdale players picked up only their second home win of the season, beating Oxford 2-0.

The pressure had been building on Coleman and his players to improve performances and results in front of their own supporters, and late goals from George Donnelly and Bobby Grant did just the trick for the Dale chief.

"I told them I didn't care how we played, as long as we won and we showed passion and endeavour," he said. "As long as we show that, no matter what the score is, the fans will respond to you.

"But I did tell them I wanted to win at all costs. Thankfully they came up with the goods."

Oxford boss Chris Wilder was pleased with his team's display - but disappointed they didn't make the most of their chances.

In a dominant first-half display Alfie Potter was left unmarked at the back post but side-footed across the face of Josh Lillis' goal and wide, while Tom Craddock was narrowly off target twice from promising positions and after the interval saw a close-range header cleared off the line by Rhys Bennett.

"No disrespect to the opposition, but I thought we played like the home side," said Wilder. "I'm struggling to find a way to explain why we have not won this game by two or three goals.

"It was us for the majority of the game and we've been done on the break late on. I've spoken about consistency of performance and I thought our performance was pretty good.

"If we'd have shown a little more quality in the final third from our front four we'd have been going home pretty handsome winners.

"But if you don't put teams to bed then one slip and it's all over and you don't get the rewards your play probably deserves."

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