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Play off experience will help

13 May 2016

John Coleman admits his first experience of the play-offs will help him this time out.

Stanley lost to eventually promoted Stevenage in 2011 over two legs and now face AFC Wimbledon in the play-off semi-finals, travelling to Kingsmeadow tomorrow and at home the following Wednesday.

Coleman said he had learnt from missing out five years ago - Terry Gornell, Andy Procter and Sean McConville also featured in that team.

“I think we went too gung-ho at Stevenage in 2011,” said Coleman. “I was too cocky and I was determined we would go to Stevenage and attack them for the first hour of the tie and win the game in that time.

“Looking back, instead we lost the game in that time and it is something I have learnt from. It is over two legs. That's not saying we will go to Wimbledon and defend but we need to be resilient.

“We have been resilient in our last 12 games but we haven't hit top form attacking-wise, certainly not on Saturday against Stevenage even though we hit the woodwork three times. We have to make sure we really give teams problems.”

Stanley are unbeaten in 12 games and have won the last five on trot away from home and Coleman says the current crop of players will have a different mindset to the 2011 squad.

“Five years ago, I knew at least six of the players had agreed deals to go elsewhere – as it turned out seven moved on.

“I don't know the background to the current players but I know of the current starting XI only one (Josh Windass to Rangers) will play elsewhere next season so I have got a squad in a better mindset.”

And all the loan players – Tariqe Fosu, Brad Halliday, Andy Little and Joe Wright – will be here until the season ends.

“Some people have asked while I have signed up loan players who may not feature but you never know what can happen during the week and we might need all of them so it's better to have everyone available,” added Coleman.


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