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Coley: 'Continue good Notts record'

25 August 2017

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman says he is expecting an ‘attractive' game when he takes his side to Meadow Lane to face Notts County on tonight.

Kevin Nolan's side have made an identical start to their league campaign as Stanley, with two wins and a draw and sit in 7th place behind the Reds only on goal difference.

Last season saw Stanley run out 2-0 winners in the corresponding fixture at Meadow Lane and Coleman says his side have enjoyed their visits to the Easts Midlands.

“It has all the makings for a really expansive game,” said Coleman. “Two attacking sides who will both expect to be up there in May.

“We've got a good record at Notts County, we generally do better in the bigger stadiums. I know Kevin [Nolan] quite well and he'll be setting his team up to go for the win.

“They're a big club in this league, maybe too big but I believe we can go there and perform well. I'm looking forward to it and I'm sure that Kevin is.”

Stanley have faced a gruelling start to the season, with a Friday night fixture so soon after Tuesday's cup tie with West Brom, but Coleman will not allow his side to take their eye of the ball.

“It's been a tough week but we just want the game to kick-off now,” he said. “The schedule isn't ideal and neither is travelling down on a Friday but once we get on the pitch we'll be focused on the game and taking all three points.

“Tuesday night was a false game, a one off, that you can't really judge too much from. We won't be up against that pace and power every week but on the flip side we won't get that much space to play our own football either.

“But this game has always been our priority, we have regrouped in this short turn around, analysed our performances and made sure we are ready to go again.

Coleman has been without Tyler Forbes for Stanley's last three games and fellow Brighton loanee Tom Dallison picked up an injury on Tuesday night, however the manager says the news is positive on both.

“Touch wood Tom's injury doesn't look as serious as we first thought,” he added. “We are hopeful we will have Tyler available, it will be a big boost having him back.

“I'm still trying to get more defensive cover in and we'll keep plugging away, I'm confident that we'll get the right faces in by the deadline next week.”


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