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Options encourage Coley

13 August 2015

Stanley manager John Coleman has been encouraged by lots of elements of the opening two games of the season and is welcoming any selection problems that brings up.

The Reds were only denied an opening day win against fancied Luton by a last minute equaliser before only losing on penalties to Hull in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday evening.

Defence has been a major area of rebuilding over the summer and new signing Liam Wakefield came into the back four in midweek to show the options available.

"We kept a clean sheet on Tuesday over the 90 minutes against a top Championship side so that should give us confidence that we can do it in League Two," explained Coleman.

"You would never have known Liam Wakefield was making his debut and I think people forget that Tom Davies is having his first Football League campaign. He looks like he's been playing at this level all his life.

"There are good signs for the future but we have to keep our feet on the ground. Football can quickly change and we have to keep working hard and keep the performance level high."

Only Andy Procter and broken wrist victim Shay McCartan remain on the road to recovery following injury but the manager is happy with their progress.

"Proc is still a couple of weeks away from actual match fitness and we'll try to get a couple of behind closed doors games into him in the next fortnight," he said.

"Shay's gone to see an arm specialist so hopefully we'll know more on that one soon. Nobody else is definitely ruled out."

Meanwhile a familiar face won't be in the Morecambe line up for Saturday's derby at Morecambe after Peter Murphy suffered medial knee ligament damage in the opening game of the season.

Coleman feels for the former Stanley youth team player.

"I spoke to Peter on Sunday and they don't think it's as bad as it was originally feared but he'll be spewing that he's missing this game and the one with Wycombe," he added.

"He's a good player and he would've been a threat to any team but injuries happen, we've had plenty in the past and I'm sure he'll come back stronger."


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