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Coleman wants winning start

31 December 2018

John Coleman wants Stanley to get 2019 off to the best possible start when they visit Bradford on New Year's Day.

The 10th-placed Reds captured six points from a possible nine over the Christmas period, and the manager is keen to begin the new year with a win.

The Bantams occupy 21st in the table, two points from safety, but with four wins in their last five League One games the Stanley boss is expecting a tough test.

"You want to get your first win of 2019 under your belt as soon as possible," said Coleman. "Everyone will be in the same boat and we'll give it our best shot - that's all we can do.

"Bradford have been doing really well and scoring lots of goals. Even when they weren't winning they were still scoring goals.

"They're a good team in good form and provide a constant threat going forward, but we we believe that we're a constant threat when we get it right.

"We know we've got a way of playing and when we get it right we're very good. Sometimes we don't defend like should and that was certainly the case on Saturday and we got punished for that."

Stanley suffered a disappointing end to an otherwise memorable 2018 after being beaten at home by Peterborough, and Coleman believes that the Reds will learn from the result.

"We've got to defend better," said the Stanley boss. "[Peterborough] were better than us on the day but they weren't much better than us. When you see the video again a lot of it was our own doing, problems we caused ourselves.

"You can go on about 'ifs' and 'buts' all day long, but we didn't play well enough and we got exactly what our performance deserved.

"One of our fans shouted at me afterwards, saying 'that's disgusting Coleman'. They pay their money and they're entitled to their opinion, but I think he must have a short memory because if you look at our record in 2018 we've had an unbelievable year.

"Not everything is going to be plain sailing and if you're a supporter then you should support. I'll do everything I can to make sure we don't turn in too many performances like that this season, which we haven't done in 2018 - we're the sixth best team this year over all of the leagues.

"You can't be negative and dwell on what's going wrong because all of a sudden an air of negativity comes around the squad. Players play within themselves and focus on what they can't do rather than what they can do.

"You've got to be bright, you've got to be intelligent and we've got to make sure that the mistakes that we've made on Saturday don't happen again."

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