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Coley is ready for Plymouth

15 December 2016

John Coleman is confident a win is just around the corner for Stanley – and is hoping the Reds turn on the style against top of the table Plymouth on Saturday.

Plymouth are two points clear at the top, having won 13 of their 20 league games so far this season.

The Pilgrims lost in the play-off final at Wembley to AFC Wimbledon in May but have managed to take last season's momentum into the new campaign.

“I am relishing the game on Saturday as we tend to play better against the better teams – you only have to look at our form in the cups,” said Coleman.

“Plymouth are a big club and, apart from the opening game, they have had a good start to the season after the disappointment of the play-offs.

“After our promotion disappointment, we started ok but have lost our way a little bit and we have got to rediscover our form. Hopefully this is our bad run and we have got it out of the way.”

Stanley last won in the league in mid-October against Blackpool and have slipped down to 22nd in the table.

“We have got ourselves into a situation where we are scratching our heads. I stand by what I said after the Leyton Orient game, the sending off (of Sean McConville) made the game even.

“When we had 11 on the pitch we were comfortably better than them. When we had 10-men we still made three great chances but just couldn't take them.

“We know it's vital we score goals – we have lost most of our games 1-0 and that shows that defensively we are not doing a lot wrong but we have developed a habit of shooting ourselves in the foot.

"When we don't score goals it adds pressure to everyone - the players, the management, the fans and the subs - and we have got to find a way to score goals.

“We have shown we have good players who are capable of winning big games and we have got to make sure we stay positive and come out all guns blazing against Plymouth.

“Everything isn't rosy and the table doesn't lie but people who have been at our games will know we are not far short of being a decent side and we are capable of putting a run together. We are determined to make it happen on Saturday.”

McConville is suspended on Saturday but defender Zak Vyner is back after collapsing in the 1-1 home draw with Yeovil – he has got the all-clear. Striker Billy Kee is also back in training this week after missing last week's trip to Leyton Orient.


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