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Huge promotion clash for Reds

19 February 2016

John Coleman knows tomorrow's clash with Oxford United is massive if Stanley are to clinch an automatic promotion spot.

Oxford currently sit in third place in League Two with Stanley in fourth, six points behind the U's.

However, the Reds have two games in hand on Michael Appleton's side and so a win at the Kassam Stadium would be huge in the chase for a top three spot.

“You do only get three points for a win no matter who you play against but, with them being directly above us and us being able to eat into their lead, it is huge,” said Coleman.

“Saying that, next Tuesday's game is huge and then the one the Saturday after. In the position we are in, all games are big.”

Oxford haven't won at home in three league games – losing two of them – while the Reds have lost their last two away trips at Exeter and Carlisle.

Coleman continued: “Oxford haven't had the best results at home of late and that will put the pressure on them while we want to try and recap our form which has got us into this position but has gone astray at the moment.”

Coleman is without Matt Crooks, Shay McCartan and Adam Buxton through suspension while Josh Windass and Dean Winnard are both injured.

“In my mind, Matt Crooks is the best player in the league and we will miss him but the players who come in, I know will do a good job. Andy Procter came in for him on Tuesday against Carlisle and had a great game. Players are desperate to do their bit.”

Oxford's main threat is 19-goal Kemar Roofe and Coleman said the striker could have been playing at the Wham Stadium.

“I did try to sign him when he was at West Brom as I saw him in an Under 18 game against Everton. West Brom wouldn't let him go though,” said the Reds boss.

“But Oxford are a very good side. I have seen them play this season and they have been exceptional although the game at our place, where they won, could have gone either way. I think they have got better since then.

“With the position we are in at the moment, promotion is ours to lose as, with our games in hand, we are not governed by what other teams do. Promotion is very much in our hands and, with two games to go, I would love to be in the same situation. What we have got to do is keep winning.”

He added: “For the last few games, expect perhaps Carlisle away, we have been expected to win. Going to Oxford we will be the underdogs and we usually fare well when we are the underdogs.”


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