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Coley out to upset pal

27 February 2015

John Coleman is relishing locking horns again with John Still tomorrow in a rivalry which dates back to non-league days.

Coleman and Still used to battle it out when Still was manager of Dagenham and Redbridge but he has now made the switch to Luton and led them into the Football League last season.

The battle recommences tomorrow with the Reds travelling to Kenilworth Road looking to make if five games unbeaten while the Hatters are out to boost their promotion push.

"John is a good manager with plenty of experience," said Coleman. "Luton have a good fan base and good players - but they should have, to be honest.

"They have had a bit of a hiccup but they are firm favourites for promotion and it will be a difficult game for us - although we generally do well against teams like that.

"Both John and I know this league well which gives us a chance, we know what to expect from the opposition and our own players and have a feel of how to win games at this level.

"I have had some great games against John and I get on well with him - but I hope we beat him tomorrow!"

Coleman admits he has got plenty to think about after switching formation to 3-5-2 from the usual 4-2-3-1 and it working well to overcome leaders Burton on Tuesday.

"I have options to consider but we will do what is right for each game and it might be different for each game. What we feel will work for one game, may not work for another.

"What we do have here now though is a strong bench and competition for places all over the park. It's a healthy squad."

And Coleman has not given up on a place in the top seven.

"We would have to go on an unbelievable run but I haven't ruled out competing for a play-off spot," added the Reds boss.

"It's just disappointing as we had two bad runs - the start of the season when I wasn't here and the five defeats on the spin recently - and if we had just picked up four or five points in that time we would have been up there."


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