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Coley out to stop Bees

11 August 2016

John Coleman is out to stop Barnet 'hurting' Stanley on Saturday so the Reds can continue their good start to the season.

Stanley beat Doncaster on the opening day of the EFL League Two campaign and then overcame League One Bradford on penalties in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

Both these were at the Wham Stadium and it's the first away trip of the season for Coleman's men as they make the trip to The Hive.

The Bees finished mid-table last season but Martin Allen has added to his attacking threat and main dangerman John Akinde has signed a long term contract.

“It will be a difficult game,” said Coleman. “They have had a decent start, taking a good point against one of the favourites in Cambridge and have players and a system that can hurt teams. We'll have to be at our best.

“Barnet present a different challenge to Doncaster and Bradford because they have a different style of football. It's a dangerous style and they have good players within that system. I just want us to give teams more to worry about, starting this weekend. We're showing that in flashes but we need to do it for longer periods of the game.”

Despite the good start, Coleman is demanding more of his new-look squad, with only Billy Kee out injured for Saturday.

“If someone had offered me a win and progression to the next round of the EFL Cup in the first two games, I would've bitten their hands off but I want us to play better.

“I'm never going to get kidded by results, I'll be governed by what I see and the performances and that's why sometimes I take exception when we get criticism when we play well and lose. I know it's a results business but sometimes results go out of your hands.

“We need to improve, I know that, but I've seen enough promising signs to think that we are capable of improving. We have got good players in the squad and if you've got good players and you add that to hard work which we have in abundance then you always have a chance of being successful.”

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