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We're up for the fight: Coley

25 November 2016

John Coleman insists his players will come out fighting tomorrow as they look to end their losing run.

The Reds host Yeovil Town having lost their last four matches in League Two.

The latest defeat came in controversial circumstances at Hartlepool in midweek, with a red card shown to Mark Hughes subsequently rescinded.

But the manager is concentrating on the next match, not the last and expects his team to show plenty of commitment and desire at the Wham Stadium.

“We're not going to moan about our bad fortune and we're not going to retreat into our shells,” he said. “We're going to come out fighting. We'll stick our chests out.

“As I've always said, in football if you don't win you want to get carried out on your shield. I think to all intents and purposes on Tuesday night we were carried out on our shields and we have to keep doing that.

“I got up after the press conference on Tuesday and someone said that we'd play worse than that and win this season. We know we have it in us.”

Stanley haven't scored since the FA Cup win at Bradford earlier this month despite creating a host of chances at Hartlepool and against Stevenage.

Coleman doesn't think anyone is hiding from the fact they've not been clinical enough.

“The players are aware of the wait for a goal because I've told them about it but you know what they say about buses – I'm sure once we get one two will be along very quickly,” explained the manager.

“We've been looking at Yeovil and we'll see what we think will be right to try to win the game tomorrow. I like their manager, he's a deep thinker and a good guy. We know we'll have our work cut out but we have to give ourselves the best chance. We've been shooting ourselves in the foot lately but I think that once the first goal goes in we'll be ok.”

After many changes in personnel over the summer Coley remains confident he has the leaders in his squad to take responsibility and help them through tough times.

“You need people who know and understand the game and know how quickly things can change,” he concluded. “We have experienced players in the squad who can rally everyone around. You need people who talk and give encouragement.

“It's not always about giving out rollockings. Sometimes a good leader leads by encouragement, by positive thinking, actions and words.”

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