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TEAM NEWS | Barnet (A)

15 February 2018

John Coleman has a couple of selection dilemmas ahead of Stanley's trip to Barnet on Saturday.

The Reds boss is keen not to rush captain Seamus Conneely, who didn't feature during Tuesday night's win over Crewe, after making his return to action and playing 90 minutes at Coventry last Saturday.

Sean McConville missed both of those games after picking up an injury following a heavy challenge against Swindon, but Coleman is hopeful that his in-form winger could play a part at the Hive Stadium.

"We've come through a tough run of fixtures pretty well fitness-wise," he said. "We've got the added luxury of having Seamus back to play a full part pretty soon.

"We just thought that with him playing the full 90 minutes at Coventry on Saturday, after being out for five or six weeks, it could have been too much for him to do the same on Tuesday.

"There's no need to rush him as we have got good midfielders, who are all competing for places. It would foolish to rush things and risk losing him again. There's possibly a couple more weeks before he's right back in the fold and playing regularly.

"Sean won't be far away either, I'm hopeful that he could make it for Barnet, we'll see more as the week progresses."

Coleman's side sit second in League Two following a gruelling run of fixtures, the trip to Barnet will be Stanley's fifth game in two weeks, but the manager says spirits in the camp are high.

"It's been a tough couple of weeks with lots of games," he explained. "We've also been battling the weather to be able to have training sessions and prepare properly.

"The mood amongst the players is a good one but we've got to stay mindful that we don't become complacent. Yes, we're in the habit of winning games but we have to keep working hard for it to continue.

"It's not often that we get away with playing badly and winning, we have to get it right and play well."


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