Rhys taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter sick­en­ing col­li­sion

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FLEET­WOOD Town twice came from be­hind to take the spoils at Rochdale on a day the club’s crip­pling in­jury list took a turn for the worse.

Rhys Nor­ring­ton-Davies was stretchere­d off late in the con­test fol­low­ing a col­li­sion with Cod Army goal­keeper Billy Crellin, leav­ing the de­fender with fa­cial in­juries.

Sev­eral of his teeth were loos­ened in the clash and he was taken straight to hos­pi­tal, while on the field Dale con­ceded the de­ci­sive goal within min­utes of the in­ci­dent, Wes Burns se­cur­ing the points for Fleet­wood.

“It’s ob­vi­ously very painful and con­cern­ing for his fam­ily, but he was rel­a­tively com­fort­able as he left the ground. He seemed to be in an okay state but there was a lot of dam­age to his mouth and he went straight to hos­pi­tal,” said Dale boss Brian Barry-Mur­phy.

“When some­thing like that hap­pens to one of your team­mates it’s very con­cern­ing and the chal­lenge that re­sulted in Rhys’ in­jury was in­dica­tive of the type of player he is for this club.

“He was prob­a­bly too brave, too com­mit­ted, but it was a very fair chal­lenge from both par­ties.

“The game had an eerie feel to it af­ter that and I was con­cerned about our lads’ abil­ity to re­fo­cus – the win­ning goal came pretty quickly af­ter the in­ci­dent, so it was dis­ap­point­ing in a foot­ball sense but I could un­der­stand the con­cern for Rhys.”

Aaron Wil­bra­ham had twice fired Dale ahead only to be pegged back by strikes from Paddy Mad­den and Kyle Dempsey be­fore Burns cap­i­talised as Dale ad­justed to Nor­ring­ton-Davies’ un­for­tu­nate with­drawal.

Rhys Nor­ring­tonDavies was taken to hos­pi­tal

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