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Coley ready to take flight

3 December 2015

With his team flying high in League Two, John Coleman will now see Stanley take to the air for real in preparation for this weekend's FA Cup tie with Portsmouth.

The Reds players and coaching staff will fly south tomorrow morning and prepare for the game by training on the south coast.

It's a change from the normal arrangements for away fixtures but the manager thinks it's a good way of dealing with another long trip.

“If you take into account the fact that you take your expenses out of the gate it's not that much more expensive to fly,” he explained. “I thought it was a chance to get down there without having to have a six or seven hour coach journey in their legs.

“We'll have to get up early but we'll be down there early, we can train and the players can go to bed in the afternoon. It'll maybe just take out of the equation the fact that we have to travel so far to get there.

“It's not that the new owner has come in and he's rich and suddenly we're flying everywhere. It was a cheap, practical option. We haven't got a private jet or anything like that! I hope we see the benefit of it.

“We hope this will help the players prepare. We'll be getting there at ten in the morning rather than seven or eight at night depending on the traffic. We'd hope that will make a difference. They'll be able to get some more rest and focus on the game.

Full back Adam Buxton will be on the plane after returning from a hip injury to the bench last weekend but Dean Winnard won't make it to the departure lounge.

“Bucko's a great player and it's good to have him back,” said Coleman. “He's good around the dressing room, a good character to have around and you need bubbly people like him to keep it all ticking along.

“Dean's ill so he won't be travelling. He's missed the last few weeks and it's a blow but we have good players who come in and know exactly what their job is. That's the benefit of having what we feel is a strong squad.”

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