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Coley ready for Bradford

8 August 2016

Club News

Coley ready for Bradford

8 August 2016

Stanley boss John Coleman is expecting an entertaining game against Bradford City tomorrow night in the first round of the EFL Cup (kick off 7-45pm).

The Bantams made the League One play-offs last season and have been known for their cup exploits in recent seasons.

Coleman has added Blackburn winger John O'Sullivan to his side, on loan until January, and has Chris Eagles and Janoi Donacien available for the clash at the Wham Stadium.

“Bradford are looking for their first win of the season after drawing their opening game while we don't have that monkey on our backs,” said Coleman.

“They finished fifth in League One last season and so I am obviously expecting a tough game. I have played against Stuart McCall's sides a couple of times and they are always good games.”

Despite beating Doncaster 3-2 in their opening League Two encounter, Coleman is hoping for a better Reds show tomorrow night.

“I know we can play better,” he said. “We did not press Doncaster enough and we let them gain control of the match and we pride ourselves on dictating play.

“We did play some good football, and we took all our goals well, but we didn't create as many chances as I would have liked and I would like us to have dominated the game more.

“We lost our way a bit in the second half but what I was happy with was the result, the way we took our goals and the character we showed to keep bouncing back and dig in at the end.

“We are still bedding new players in and they are still getting used to the way we play and our shape so I am sure it will come.”

Stanley lost out to now Premier League side Hull on penalties last season in the first round of this competition and Coleman would like a cup run.

“I value the EFL Cup as important as the FA Cup as it gives you a chance to pit your wits against a team from a higher division.

“I want to win every game I play and so it's a big game for us, saying that they are all massive.”

Stanley's only injury doubt is striker Billy Kee, with 17 goals last season, who is battling a shoulder injury.

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