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No alarm bells: Coley

16 August 2018

John Coleman says there are certainly no alarm bells ringing after Tuesday's loss – and the full focus is on Saturday's League One match with Charlton Athletic.

The Reds lost 6-1 in the Carabao Cup to League Two Mansfield but the Stanley boss says there were reasons for the loss.

Now he is preparing his squad for the first visit of Charlton to the Valley – a team Stanley haven't played before in the league.

“I am not alarmed by Tuesday,” said Coleman. “I see reasons why it's happened and I can see strategies to make sure it doesn't happen again.

“We had three players who were playing for the first time at this level and then a crucial decision went against us just after they drew level, with the second penalty.

“Our players also made mistakes after that but I have been in the game long enough to know these things happen, some things go for you and some against you.

“Mansfield then got their tails up and they deserved the win, it was comfortable for them on the night.

“While I am not dismissing Tuesday's game, we went there to win, the league is our main focus and so now we switch our focus to Charlton. The lads have picked themselves up and are ready to go again.

“Charlton are a good side, they have good players, but we are the same and we will formulate a plan to try and beat them.

“The fact it is our first game against them adds extra spice and hopefully it will be a good game in front of a big crowd."

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