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Second in our sights: Coley

5 February 2018

John Coleman knows his side will have to overcome a huge hurdle if they want to jump up to second spot in the Sky Bet League Two table tomorrow night.

Stanley take on seventh placed Swindon who have the best away record in the league – winning 10 of their 15 league games on their travels.

“The last time we had the chance to go second we fluffed our lines so let's hope we don't do it again,” said Coleman.

“We have never made a secret of the fact our aim is promotion and if we get into second spot, we are there to be shot at which I don't mind.

“It will be nice for the players as well and I don't see it as pressure being higher up. The pressure is to win every game no matter what.

“Swindon will be aiming to go straight back up and it should be an entertaining game from the way they play, they like to play football, and what's on the line as they can also move up towards automatic promotion.

“We have got to impose our game on them and give them problems and see where it takes us.”

In the last two games at the Wham Stadium, Stanley have had to comeback from two goals down – with Sean McConville scoring a double in each game - and Coleman knows his side can't keep repeating that trick.

“It seems to me that the first chance that goes to the opposition, goes in and we can't keep doing it. It's a body blow to our confidence and we need to address it. We can't keep giving ourselves a mountain to climb.

“Saying that, we know we can come back and Sean McConville's confidence couldn't be higher. Every time he stands over a free kick he is in a zone and he believes he will score. It's like Shay McCartan last season or Josh Windass the season before. His confidence is really high and he is taking a higher proportion of his chances.”

Stanley's only doubt is over winger Jordan Clark who was having a scan on a groin injury today.


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