Football: Macca's on the Warpath as City Are Humiliated; Rochdale 2 Coventry 0

The People (London, England), January 26, 2003 | Go to article overview

Football: Macca's on the Warpath as City Are Humiliated; Rochdale 2 Coventry 0


Byline: John ARNFIELD

PLUCKY Dale cut Gary McAllister's Sky Blues down to size in a repeat of the club's heroics of 32 years ago.

Paul Connor and Gareth Griffiths were the heroes as the team 17th in the Third Division destroyed a side 59 places above them.

Dale boss Paul Simpson, whose club reached the fifth round for only the second time, said: "Days like this don't come along that often, so we have got to milk every moment."

Coventry player-boss McAllister, a Cup winner with Liverpool just 18 months ago, added: "This is one of the lowest points of my career.

"It doesn't get much worse than this. They wanted it more and that can't be right. We were out-fought. They rose to the occasion and deserved it.

"I can't change my team for the next game against Watford, but there are some big decisions in the summer and the players have to produce."

This was a repeat of the clash in 1971 when Noel Cantwell brought his high-flyers to Lancashire and mockingly asked: "Where's Rochdale?"

Coventry, the 1987 Cup winners, have now lost all four games they have played on a ground where 9,156 fans packed in yesterday, bringing in record receipts of over pounds 100,000.

"We worked our socks off, stuck to our game plan and I'm delighted for everybody because we deserved it," added Simpson. …

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