Rochdale manager John Coleman disappointed Southend United defender Ryan Cresswell was not sent off

John Coleman - disappointed

John Coleman - disappointed

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ROCHDALE manager John Coleman felt Blues' defender Ryan Cresswell should have been sent off during his side's 3-1 defeat at Roots Hall on Saturday.

Cresswell tangled with Dale striker Terry Gornell when the striker was through on goal midway through the first half.

And Coleman was adamant that should have led to a red card for the former Rotherham centre-back.

“I thought the referee had a big decision to make in the first half when Terry was in on goal and he bottled it,” said Coleman.

“For me I think he should’ve sent off Cresswell and that would’ve changed the game for us.”

But Coleman was also critical of his side's defending as he felt Southend were gifted at least two of their goals.

“We are not good enough defensively and we are giving teams goals, which is what happened out there,” said Coleman.

“We invited Southend into the game after we scored and we then pinned them back but committing eight men forward when we are winning 1-0 away from home is borderline stupid.

“I don’t know what goes through our minds sometimes, we left ourselves too open and we have been working on the defence all week so it is very disappointing.”

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2:04pm Mon 26 Nov 12

JoeBlogs2 says...

Humbug... a wee bit of sour grapes me thinks here
Humbug... a wee bit of sour grapes me thinks here JoeBlogs2
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3:06pm Mon 26 Nov 12

ACU says...

And if it had been his defender tangling with an opposition attacker, he would have called it "handbags" and denied that there had been a foul at all. Far better to focus on why his team conceded three goals, as he does in the second half of the quote.
And if it had been his defender tangling with an opposition attacker, he would have called it "handbags" and denied that there had been a foul at all. Far better to focus on why his team conceded three goals, as he does in the second half of the quote. ACU
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4:17pm Mon 26 Nov 12

supershrimper says...

Don't remember the incident. Funny he didn't mention anything about the blatant foul on Timlin inside the penalty area...
Don't remember the incident. Funny he didn't mention anything about the blatant foul on Timlin inside the penalty area... supershrimper
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8:58pm Mon 26 Nov 12

GlenEckett says...

Must admit that I was sat in the North Bank and my first reaction was that it was a foul, and probably would have been a red card. I was very impressed with Southend after going 1-0 down, both with the football they played and the character they showed. The lad from Watford up front took his goal brilliantly, a real talent.
Must admit that I was sat in the North Bank and my first reaction was that it was a foul, and probably would have been a red card. I was very impressed with Southend after going 1-0 down, both with the football they played and the character they showed. The lad from Watford up front took his goal brilliantly, a real talent. GlenEckett
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