Rochdale: John Coleman concerned at poor home form

Rochdale manager John Coleman

Rochdale boss John Coleman has admitted his side's home form is a worry after losing 2-1 to Morecambe on Saturday.

Dale lie sixth in League Two but have the poorest home record of any team in the top half of the table, winning just one of their six games at Spotland.

Coleman told BBC Radio Manchester a win will improve the mood of the home fans.

"The only to do it is by winning a game and then they'll get behind us, but at this moment we can't get them on board, no matter what we do," he said.

"We could have scored three or four in the last 20 minutes [against Morecambe]. If we play like we did in the last 20 minutes from the start, the game's dead and buried.

"I can't put my finger on why we're not starting like that.

"At this moment, we're in a downward spiral with the fans, because the players aren't enthusing the fans and the fans aren't enthusing the players, so the groans are going up after six minutes.

"I think our home fans must think we coach our players to come out slowly and misplace passes.

"Possibly the fans that travel away from home might know a bit more about how we play."

ended Rochdale's unbeaten run of six League Two matches.

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