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Focus on Chesterfield: Coley

3 October 2016

John Coleman is keen to bounce back in the Checkatrade Trophy as the Reds travel to Chesterfield tomorrow night in their second group game.

Stanley suffered late heartbreak as the saw two penalties saved in injury-time at Cambridge on Saturday with United running out 2-1 winners.

It halted Stanley's five game unbeaten league run and now, if they want to progress in the trophy, they need a win after losing their opening group game against Crewe.

“This week it's about focusing on us and getting back to the way I know we can play football,” said Coleman.

“For 25 minutes after we scored the equaliser at Cambridge we turned into Wimbledon of old, hoofing the ball forward, and I have no idea why we chose to do that.

“I want my teams to pass the ball, press teams and play exciting football and we didn't do that for 25 minutes against Cambridge and invited pressure.

“I know we can do that and when we do it's a delight to watch, when we don't it's painful.”

League One Chesterfield are 17th in the table, managed by Danny Wilson.

“We do not want to go into the last group game at Wolves being a dead rubber so we have got to give ourselves a chance to qualify for the next stage by winning at Chesterfield," continued Coleman.

“We have to treat it as a one-off game and we know we are capable of winning it.”

Coleman will make changes and admits, with Janoi Donacien and Sean McConville suspended on Saturday after picking up five bookings each, he will looking at who can fill their boots for Cheltenham.

“We will be missing those two players so it would be churlish not to look at that, with Saturday in mind.

“It's a great opportunity for those who have been waiting for a chance to grab it.”

Shay McCartan is still struggling with injury while Seamus Conneely and John O'Sullivan are close to returns.

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