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Fight for 3rd goes on for Coley

8 April 2016

John Coleman expects the race to win automatic promotion to League One to go on and on.

Stanley sit fifth ahead of tomorrow's trip to Luton Town only behind third placed Bristol Rovers and fourth placed Plymouth Argyle on goal difference.

But Coleman anticipates more than just those teams having a say on who takes third spot.

“I don't think it's a three horse race at all,” he explained. “I think Portsmouth are very much in the mix and there will be another team that puts in a run. I'm sure of that. I think everyone is jockeying for position, everyone is looking at each other and you do look at other fixtures and results but you do have to concentrate on getting yourselves right.

“We'd be lying if we said we didn't know what was going elsewhere during the game. With modern technology that information's available to you. I try to take no notice of the other scores until half time and full time.”

The Reds take on the Hatters at Kenilworth Road in a repeat of the opening game of the season which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Then the visitors to the Wham Stadium were among the favourites for promotion, with Stanley tipped by the bookies to struggle, though Coleman felt differently.

“I could have anticipated us being in this position (at this stage) but I wouldn't have anticipated Luton being in the position that they are in. With the resources they have and the players they've got they should be in a higher position.

“Other people might have expected us to be mid table or lower but that's how it's happened. I think we were unlucky not to win the opening game and that's happened to us a few times this season at home. Perceptions have no bearing on what happens on the pitch. It's eleven against eleven and Luton have some very good players who can hurt you. They've shown with recent results they are capable of winning games in this league but as I've always said we have to make it a difficult game for them too.

“You only have to look at Hartlepool, who are one of the form teams in the league but that isn't reflected in their league position. On any given day any team in this league is capable of hurting you. You need some luck along the way and you have to make sure you perform to give you the best chance of getting wins.

“I've been there with Accrington and won in the past and I think we generally do well in this type of atmosphere, when we're playing against teams who are expected to come onto us. We're normally capable of opening up the game and playing a good game of football. We just have to hope we score more than they do.”


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