JOHN Coleman believes Ian Henderson was the difference between his side and Rochdale on Saturday afternoon at the Crown Oil Arena.

Henderson's double either side of the half-time whistle downed Stanley as Joe Pritchard's stunning strike was not enough to salvage a point for the Reds in their 2-1 defeat.

Next up, Stanley host League One leaders Ipswich Town next Sunday as they look to bounce back from this harsh defeat.

"Listen, it’s football. We gave it a good go and tried our best," said Coleman.

"We were undone by someone who’s a better finisher. That’s the harsh reality of it, Ian Henderson is a good finisher at this level, and he gobbled up two of the three chances he had.

"Sometimes you need a player who is like that and he’s built his whole career around it. "They’re the harsh facts, you can have as much of the play as you want, you can dominate the game and have chances, but if you don’t put the ball in the net then you can have no complaints about losing the game."

Stanley were on top for much of the game and had enough opportunities to take all three points.

But, as Coleman highlighted, you don't win games if you can't put the ball in the back of the net.

"If you look at chances created, we’ve created far more than Rochdale," added the Reds boss.

"I don’t think we worked their keeper enough in the first half with the dominance that we had.

"10 minutes to 40 minutes, I don’t think the ball went in our box. When they scored, they could have scored again.

"The second goal was a terrible goal to concede. It’s a great finish, but a terrible goal to concede. It’s a big punt into our box and he’s alive to it and we’re not.

"Joe’s scored an unbelievable goal and we’ve thrown the kitchen sink at them, but sometimes the kitchen sink isn’t enough.

"You just need that little bit of luck and we didn’t have it. You’ve got to keep going.

"I’ve been around football and I’ve had many of them games and we’ll play a lot worse than that and win.

"It still hurts at the moment and we’ve got to wait an extra day now because we play Ipswich next Sunday, so it’s a long wait."