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Not a lot wrong: Coley

31 December 2015

John Coleman says his Accrington Stanley side have worked on finishing all week – but that's the only fault he can find after Monday's 1-0 loss at Northampton.

The Reds did everything but score against their promotion rivals with a Marc Richards second half goal settling the tie in Northampton's favour.

Coleman doesn't see any reason to change anything for their clash at another promotion rival Mansfield Town on Saturday because there wasn't a lot wrong with the show.

“I am not keen to change the way we are playing,” said Coleman. “You usually only think about changing things when things aren't right but everything was right on Monday apart from the finishing and that has been the focus this week.

“I am governed by what I see, and our form, although obviously I know it is a results business. I think though, if you play like we did, you will the majority of games.

“We won't change the way we play but we might just need a bit of fine tuning. You can't put ruthlessness into players or hunger but players haven't missed chances on purposes.

“As a striker sometime it isn't your day. One day a weak shot will go through the keeper's legs, on another a screamer will hit the inside of one post, then the inside of the next one and bounce out.

“Creating more chances will give us the opportunity to score more goals so that's what we have to do, concentrate on creating more chances.”

He admitted the Northampton loss was hard to take but was pleased with the performance after the three previous games, in which Stanley lost one, drew one and won one.

“I don't think we played that well against York, Portsmouth and Stevenage but on Monday we played with hunger again, we played with a sort of a swagger and showed a great amount of belief in ourselves.

“If we can carry on playing like that until the end of the season, then we will win 70 per cent of the games and, if we do that, we have a great chance of going on to get promoted.”


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