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Football League One | 18th February 2012
ATT: 2499 | REF: Boyeson | HALF-TIME: 0 -0


91 mins | GARY JONES | Rochdale | 0-1

A challenge from Simon Francis in the penalty area saw the ball go up in the air and land at a Rochdale player’s feet. A clumsy challenge from behind by Harry Arter saw Joe Thompson go over for a penalty. Gary Jones stepped up and sent Flahavan the wrong way for a late winner.


GOAL: D Flahavan
DEFENCE: S Francis | S Zubar | S Purches | C Daniels
MIDFIELD: D McDermott | S MacDonald | H Arter | M Pugh
UP FRONT: M Tubbs | W Thomas

ON THE BENCH: Malone, Strugnell, Gregory, Stockley, Fletcher
CHANGES: 13 Strugnell>Purches, 85 Malone>Tubbs, 86 Fletcher>McDermott


LEE BRADBURY gives his reaction:

“They made it very difficult for us and they are fighting for their lives. They showed great character and stopped us playing and with Gary Jones playing in behind Akpa Akpro, he caused us a few problems.

“I think a draw would have been a fair result, but having looked at the penalty, it was the right decision.”

ROCHDALE manager John Coleman:

“I think on the balance of play we just about deserved to win. We said to the lads we’ve got to keep knocking on the door and eventually it will open for us and it did, albeit so late.

“I think in the three games we’ve played we’ve defended really well but we’ve got a lot of games to go we’ve got to defend well in. We’ve got a long, long way to go and every game we play from now until the end of the season is going to be difficult.”


Not the result we were expecting or hoping for and while its easy to blame the manager, we are going to blame the manager. After spending £800,000 on a striker, Bradbury is almost obliged to play him. But, where we got most success, especially away from home, was playing one up front and that striker was Thomas. Though, its too early to judge, we still think that Thomas is the better striker and he was free.

Once again Harry Arter showed what a liability he is, managed to get himself booked again, managed to give the ball away too often and to add to his woes managed to give away a penalty. The stupid little twat wants to learn to shut his f**king mouth, stop giving the ball away and learn to tackle and then, and only then, should he even be given a place in the match day squad. Personally, we prefer Steven Gregory, he might not be as ‘artistic’ as Arter, but he is more reliable and a better defender and he doesn’t get booked.

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