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Coleman frustrated with form

20 December 2018

Manager John Coleman admits that he is frustrated with the Reds current League One form ahead of Saturday's game against Plymouth Argyle.

Although Stanley have been victorious in both the Emirates FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy competitions, they've yet to win in the league since beating Peterborough away on 20 October.

The Reds travel to Devon to face an Argyle side 21st in the table, and Coleman believes that his side are more than capable of turning things around.

"We are so close to being a really effective side in this league - we're making chances galore," said the manager.

"No team's really battered us. I know we've lost 3-0 and 4-1 to Southend and Luton but in both games we've made as many chances, if not more, than the opposition.

"It's frustrating. There's a saying, 'if you're going through hell, keep going', and we have to keep going.

"Last season we had a similar run but we weren't playing well. We knew we had to radically change things, and I don't think that's the situation that we're in at the moment.

"We just need a little break here or there, and we need to be a little bit more ruthless in front of goal. We have to tighten up defensively because we're getting punished for nearly every mistake that we make at the moment.

"We've got to stop making mistakes and then we can't get punished."

Coleman's side are looking to arrest a run of four straight defeats against Derek Adams' Plymouth, having played well despite some disappointing results.

"If you look at the last seven games, we've taken two points, but I think in every, single game we've had more shots than the opposition," said Coleman.

"It seems to me that the more dominant we are in games, the more vulnerable we are, and that's something that we've got to address. You can't be scared of being dominant, you've got to want to be dominant but not make yourself vulnerable.

"It's frustrating, but you have to keep going. You have to keep believing in yourself and hold your nerve. As a manager I have to hold my nerve more than most.

"We're not a million miles away from being able to compete really well at this level, we've just got to tighten things up and that's the staff's job to do that over the coming weeks."


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