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Coley: Still work to do

23 August 2018

Reds boss John Coleman says that his side need to improve after Tuesday's 3-2 comeback win over Oxford United.

Stanley twice fell behind at the Kassam Stadium, before a Billy Kee double in the second half secured all three points for Coleman's side.

The manager admits that while the result was pleasing, his side still have work to do before the trip to Blackpool on Saturday.

"I'm happy with the result, and I'm happy with the resilience that we showed to fight back, but I certainly wasn't happy with the performance," said Coleman.

"We weren't as good as we could be on Tuesday but we managed to find a way to win which is pleasing. If you're going to win games, certainly the higher up you go, you've got to be at your best.

"We'll be sitting down with the players and analysing where we can improve.

"We're not going to dig them out and just scald them, we'll try and educate them on areas where we can do better, where decision making can be better, and give the players ownership of it and let them challenge themselves, because they have to do it on the pitch."

Stanley are yet to keep a clean sheet at this early stage of the season, and the manager admits that it is a concern.

"We're desperate for a first clean sheet," he said. "I've spoken before about trying to get a positive goal difference and how if you get that and you're going to finish in the top half at the end of the season.

"We're on nought at the moment, par for the course, and we'd like to get that into the plus zone but the only way we're going to do that is to start keeping clean sheets.

"You've got more chance of winning games if you keep clean sheets."

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