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Tables mean nothing to Coley

28 October 2016

Stanley boss John Coleman believes his side should underestimate tomorrow's opponents Newport County at their peril.

The Exiles arrive in Lancashire bottom of League Two but under new management after former Stevenage and Preston North End boss Graham Westley recently took charge.

Coley thinks that league position will mean very little when the sides take to the field at the Wham Stadium.

“We lost to Exeter here and at Cambridge when they were near the bottom and at Barnet who are near the bottom,” he said. “Tables mean nothing to me. It's about playing a team in our division who are equal opponents. We'll be trying our best to beat them and if we do we'll be delighted. If we don't we hope it isn't down to lack of effort.”

Westley has been in charge for three games at Rodney Parade and picked up his first point in charge in midweek against Barnet.

Coleman expects him to bring lots of experience to the Welsh outfit.

“People have their opinions on Graham but I think he's a football person,” explained Coley. “He might be a little eccentric in his ways but so what?  He's been successful in what he's done and I have a lot of respect for him. I know he'll set up a team that will be difficult to beat so we'll have to be at our best to get the win.

“He knows football, he knows how to set up a side to win games and if you want someone to get you out of trouble I can't think of anyone better to do that.”

Stanley are now unbeaten in four in all competitions but the manager is keen that they build on Saturday's goalless draw at Crawley which he feels should have been a victory.

“I thought Saturday at Crawley was probably our best performance of the season and we have to focus on the positives and remember what we did well, try to encourage the players to do more of that and just try to get more end product which is obviously goals.”

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