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York will be tough: Coley

22 April 2016

John Coleman won't take anything for granted against York after the Minstermen produced a shock result to beat Portsmouth midweek and keep their League Two dreams alive.

York are facing relegation and anything less than a win tomorrow would see them back in the Nationwide Conference.

Meanwhile, the Reds are looking upwards, hoping to cement their place in the automatic spots, but Coleman knows it will be a huge test against Jackie McNamara's men.

“I was shocked to see York's victory over Portsmouth midweek but I have watched a lot of dvd's of York recently and, similar to a lot of teams in this league this season, they have been a victim of bad luck.

“When something goes against them, it all goes against them, but they have got some good players who can certainly hurt us.”

Coleman does feel for York who came back into the league in 2012 after an eight-year absence.

“It's like death and taxes, there will be teams who go up and teams go down every season, that's a certainty,” said Coleman.

“York might go down but Cheltenham and Bristol Rovers have proved that it's not the end. Both have bounced back into the league and York are a massive club who are well-supported and who have some good players.

“We have had some cracking games against York played in some electric atmospheres, going back to our Conference days, and I am sure it will be the same tomorrow.”

Coleman though is just concentrating on his own side as, if they win their last three games, they will create history by going up into League One.

“We are within touching distance now and we have got to try and get York on the back foot straight away.

“We have got to all play to our best as, what we do know is that we can't afford to carry two or three players – as can't any team in this league – and any slip from any team going for the automatic promotion spots could be fatal.”

Coleman believes one of the secrets of Stanley's success this season has been their strength in depth.

“I don't think we have ever had a stronger bench. I know a few eyebrows were raised when we signed two players on loan deadline day but we strengthened at the right time.

“Tariqe (Fosu) has come in and he has chipped in with two goals and having depth in the squad has proved important.”

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