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No negativity: Coleman

21 November 2016

John Coleman wants his players to retain their positive approach to their game as they look to end a winless run at Hartlepool tomorrow.

The Reds dominated the first half against Stevenage on Saturday but went on to lose 1-0 despite making more chances than their visitors.

That means they are without a win in four League Two matches but the manager thinks being on the front foot will bring rewards.

“You've got to be positive,” he said. “There's no point going into a game with a negative frame of mind. We've got to believe we can win tomorrow because we can win tomorrow. There are a lot of positives from Saturday, in the first half I thought it was the best we've played at home all season and it was just disappointing we couldn't keep it up in the second half.

“You can look at the weather or the pitch or whatever but it's not about excuses, we have a way of playing that is very effective when we get it right and we just need to add goals. There are a lot of games still to be played and points still to be won and the way to do that is to go out there in a positive frame of mind.

“We've had chances and possibly been a little bit wasteful at times but we have to keep batting away and keep putting ourselves into the situations. We've got a great week coming up with Hartlepool away and Yeovil at home and we'll be doing our very best to take maximum points from the week.

“The players will want to put that right from Saturday and we've got to give them the opportunity to go out and do that. I don't need to tell the players. They're self motivating. They'd sooner be playing and going to put it right than training.

“Hartlepool are like any team in League Two at the moment. They can be very good on their day and they can win games but they can lose them too. I watched their game from the weekend and after Padraig Amond hit the post for them Doncaster immediately went up the other end and scored. It's a two goal swing in 15 seconds and that happens in this division.

“Podge will be a danger. I like him as a lad, he's a good character and a good fella. He's a good player who will be a threat because he knows where the net is. We'll be trying to keep him quiet on the pitch. It's harder to stop him talking!”

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