Sheri­dan stunned by Dale’s ten men

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Cham­bers

OLD­HAM boss John Sheri­dan felt his side passed up a great chance to climb out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone af­ter watch­ing his men suc­cumb to ten­man ri­vals Rochdale.

Aaron Amadi-Hol­loway hit a sweet opener af­ter a slick team move but Dale lev­elled through a penalty from Ian Hen­der­son, who was then sent off just be­fore half-time for pick­ing up a pair of need­less book­ings.

Keith Hill’s side scored twice in the open­ing ten min­utes of the se­cond half though, first through an own goal cred­ited to Amadi-Hol­loway but which ap­peared to come off the head of An­thony Ger­rard.

Cal­lum Camps then crashed in a su­perb 25-yard shot off the un­der­side of the cross­bar on the break for the vis­i­tors, be­fore Amadi-Hol­loway replied in kind with a sump­tu­ous first-time vol­ley of his own from a sim­i­lar dis­tance.

“I am very dis­ap­pointed, with it be­ing a derby and up against a lo­cal team,” said Sheri­dan, whose side drop a place to 22nd.

“Once we got the goal I be­lieve we had some good chances. It is about an­tic­i­pa­tion in the box. We could have scored two or three in the first half and put the game to bed.

“The penalty knocked us back and gave them be­lief at half-time.With the man sent off, it is a game-changer and gives us the ad­van­tage to go on and get the three points.

“But it wasn’t to be.We came out af­ter half-time and got pun­ished for the silly lit­tle mis­takes we made.

“We huffed and puffed but didn’t have any cute­ness. I am pleased for Aaron to get his goals, but it is a dif­fi­cult one to ex­plain.”

Amadi-Hol­loway’s opener came from a swift at­tack; the on-loan Wy­combe striker fir­ing in neatly with the side of his right-foot from a Cur­tis Main lay-off.

Ti­mothee Dieng tripped Camps for the spot-kick and Donal McDer­mott’s in-swing­ing cor­ner caught the head of Ger­rard on its way in.

Camps and Amadi-Hol­loway ex­changed goals but de­spite plenty of ter­ri­tory, Old­ham cre­ated few chances to level the game. “As a team we have learned how to fight and that is es­sen­tial,” said Rochdale boss Hill.“It is one of the first things your par­ents tell you and you need it in any arena.

“We showed ex­cel­lent spirit, es­pe­cially with ten men.

“Our penalty came out of noth­ing but it was a def­i­nite penalty and gave us some­thing to hold onto.

“Ian Hen­der­son was sent off, but we went into the se­cond half with a game plan and it worked.

“They threw ev­ery­thing at us, as you would ex­pect. But I am pleased Camps’ goal won it for us, be­cause it was spe­cial.”

STAR MAN AARON

AMADI -HOL­LOW

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Old­ham

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