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Pressure on Cov: Coley

9 February 2018

John Coleman is relishing Saturday's trip to the Ricoh Arena to face Coventry with a crowd of close to 30,000 expected.

Stanley moved back into the automatic promotion places with victory on Tuesday night, while the Sky Blues sit one point outside of the play-off positions.

But Coleman insists the pressure is on the home side rather than the Reds, as they seek a seventh win in their last eight games.

"They're hoping to have 30,000 there on Saturday," he said. "It's going to be the highest gate in League Two by a long stretch, so for a club of our stature who struggle to get crowds of 1,500, to be able to compete with them is a feat alone.

"We've beaten them at home already this season, they were one of the better teams to come to the Wham Stadium, we're expecting a tough game but when we play well we're a match for anyone.

"Our players will thrive under the occasion, any pressure will be on Coventry, not us. Our players generally perform on the big stage."

The Stanley boss also believes that the big pitch at the Ricoh Arena will suit his side and their style of play, as they look to shake off the chasing pack below.

"It has the feel of a top-of-the-table clash," said Coleman. "The big pitch suits our players, but it has a lot of rugby played on it and doesn't look in the best condition on the videos I've seen.

"There are also quite a few teams in and around who are in striking distance of promotion playing one another, so if you can come off the pitch with a win then a couple of other results will have gone your way."

Coleman also provided a fitness update ahead of the trip to the West Midlands.

"Sean [McConville] took a bad kick on his ankle that forced him off on Tuesday night, but I think he'll be ok - there's one or two knocks but nothing major."


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