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League Two

Coleman demands improvement

2 September 2012

John Coleman described Rochdale's first win of the season as a step in the right direction - but was far from impressed with his side's display in the 2-0 victory over Barnet.

First-half goals from Ashley Grimes and Dele Adebola put Dale in the driving seat, but they failed to take full advantage of a Barnet side woefully short on confidence.

The hosts were in cruise control for much of the game, but could have paid the price for their lethargy as the visitors staged a late rally.

"I thought we limped over the line," Coleman said. "We went 2-0 up in the first half without really getting out of bed and it was a very disjointed performance. We were very stop-start with our passing. I would like us to play better than that and I think the players would like to be better than that.

"The one thing I cannot fault is the effort, the players put a lot of effort into it and obviously we're delighted to pick up the three points. But I expect us to play a lot better than that and we've probably played better so far this season without winning.

"It was a step in the right direction and we have learned how to win now. Hopefully we can take confidence from that, work on the training ground about how to change our pattern of play when we need to and not getting wasteful with the ball, and if we do that we can dominate teams at home, and that's our intention."

Bees boss Mark Robson was buoyed by his side's strong finish to the game - but wants to see the Bees start games in such manner.

"I know we're a young group just learning the game and it's tough when you are down at the bottom of the league, but I want to see a bit more belief in themselves from the players.

"I was pleased with the way we played in the second half. The game was mainly played in Rochdale's half of the pitch and we created a few good chances. I'm just disappointed we didn't manage to take one because that would have brought us right back into the game.

"I was disappointed with their first goal - I thought there was a foul in the build-up. I'll take another look at it and if I'm wrong, I'm wrong. Sometimes decisions go against you and it's hard to take. We're not getting the rub of the green at the minute, and once we went a goal down we stopped passing ball and lost composure."

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