‘Abysmal’: opposing boss jibe

Top 20: Adam Le Fondre celebrates scoring against Accrington
Top 20: Adam Le Fondre celebrates scoring against Accrington
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FRUSTRATED manager John Coleman saw his side’s ‘bogeyman’ Adam Le Fondre once again be on target against his club and then labelled the little striker’s performance this week as “abysmal”.

The stoppage time goal from Le Fondre which clinched Rotherham United’s 2-0 win on Tuesday was the eighth time he has scored against Accrington Stanley in only nine appearances.

He has previously notched for Stockport and Rochdale and he was also on target with a penalty (which he himself won) when Rotherham won 3-2 at the Crown Ground earlier this season.

On Tuesday, Le Fondre had a particularly quiet game and made little effective contribution until popping up in the final minute of stoppage time to show his finishing class with a first-time strike from the edge of the area.

Coleman, disgruntled that his side should have got something from the game and probably won it, reckoned that the Don Valley Stadium is “spooky”.

“I’ll be glad when Rotherham move from Don Valley, we just seem to be cursed here, we can’t score here,” he said referring to two defeats and a goalless draw in their three visits.

“We’ve played here three times and as the record stands, we’ve scored none and they’ve scored three and in those three games our ‘keeper would have made no saves and Andy Warrington possibly 28.

“I’ll be glad to see the back of this place. It’s spooky.”

“They’ve scored totally against the run of play. Then Adam Le Fondre has this record of scoring against us all the while, to be honest, he was abysmal tonight wasn’t he?

“He never got a kick but maybe it’s the sign of a good striker who doesn’t get a kick and scores. If he’s worth the money they are quoting (our striker) Terry Gornell is probably worth about £10 million.”

It was Alf’s 20th this season and his 50th in 86 appearances. It ended the wait to reach the 20 goal mark having got to 17 back on December 11, the remaining three goals taking another 12 games.