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Ready for Sunderland: Coley

6 December 2018

Club News

Ready for Sunderland: Coley

6 December 2018

John Coleman says the Reds will have no inferiority complex when they face former Premier League side Sunderland on Saturday.

The Wham Stadium is sold out for the visit of the Black Cats - capacity 5,405 - with Sunderland in second spot in League One, 12 points ahead of the Reds.

“It's nice to play Sunderland just as it was nice years ago when we played Bradford City at Valley Parade in front of 15,000," said Coleman.

“We want to win the game, we have no inferiority complex. It doesn't matter about the size of the club or the wage bill, it's 11 v 11 on the day.

“Our lads will stick their chests out and go onto the pitch believing they are the best in the world.

“There was a lot of noise about this fixture before it even happened, about 10 games before the end of last season, everyone talking about ‘little Accy' against ‘huge Sunderland' but I have been trying to get away from the tag of ‘little Accy' for ages.

“It's going to create attention, with the record crowd, it will be a cracking atmosphere and I am sure the Sunderland fans will enjoy the Wham Stadium experience with all that goes on pre- and post-match. I think it's a unique experience and it's the best value football around the UK.

“I didn't want Sunderland to get relegated. I like to see the ‘big' teams play at the highest level and I do remember watching Sunderland win the 1973 FA Cup Final, although I was a closet Leeds fan so I was crying at the time!

“I don't like seeing big teams have a hard time even though I know not all the bigger teams can be in the Premier League but we will be doing our utmost to beat them on Saturday.”

Coleman has a full bill of health with Andy Mangan and Harvey Rodgers back after injuries.

“We will need everyone during a busy Christmas period so it's important to have everyone fit and healthy.”

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