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Coley: U's deserve respect

1 April 2016

Stanley manager John Coleman expects a big test from Cambridge tomorrow as the visitors look to end a remarkable run for his team.

The Reds have scored in every home game this season, the only club in the Premier League or Football League to do so.

But Coleman knows that the U's will be out to end that run and take the three points as they look to continue form that has taken them to within six points of the play-off places.

“They've improved under Shaun Derry, that's for sure,” he explained. “The results tell you that and the way they're playing tells you that.

“We were possibly a little fortunate to win down there. We had a couple of horrific decisions go against us and then had one that went for us. We stuck at our task that day and I know it's going to be just as difficult on Saturday.

“They had a hard fought point against Oxford on Monday and they limited Oxford to no shots on target which shows just how well they prepared for that game. I'm expecting them to prepare for us in the same manner.

“We have to give them the respect that they deserve but focus on how we play. When we get at teams and are on the front foot, as we showed against Orient and Plymouth, we're capable of making chances against even the better teams and we're also capable of taking them. We have to believe there's an opportunity for us to win and we have to go all out to try to grab it.

“A big milestone for us would be to replicate the four wins on the bounce that we had earlier in the season. To win a game you have to score a goal and that would keep our run of scoring at home up too.

“It's definitely the right time to put a run together and Bristol Rovers have shown that. They've won six out of seven games and that's propelled them into a position that they could only have dreamed about a month ago.

“There are still teams who can make a charge. Portsmouth, Wycombe, Orient, Carlisle and Wimbledon are all capable of getting a run together and that's not even counting the teams directly around us. There's a lot of football still to be played and there will still be twists and turns.”


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