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TEAM NEWS | Cambridge (H)

22 February 2018

John Coleman is hopeful that winger Sean McConville could take part in training this week ahead of Saturday's game with Cambridge at the Wham Stadium.

McConville's missed Stanley's last three matches with a leg injury that he picked up against Swindon last month.

Coleman, who has an otherwise fully fit squad to choose from, has been impressed with the players that have come into the side during the 28-year-old's absence.

"We're looking good numbers wise," he said. "We're hopeful that Sean could train this week at some point, that would give him a chance for Saturday.

"We had a good bounce game against Fleetwood during the week and got 90 minutes into a few of the players that haven't been playing.

"Everyone who's been asked to do a job whenever we've had an injury has done it to the best of their ability, we're going to need that between now and the end of the season.

"We'd be very lucky if we finished the season with the same starting 11, there are twists and turns to be had and players are going to be called upon - it's important that we stay in a rhythm and keep finding a way to get the job done."

The U's travel to the Wham Stadium following three successive wins, since parting company with Shaun Derry and Coleman admits he was surprised to see him dismissed.

"He always seemed to produce a side that was capable of competing and winning games," he explained. "So, yes it was a surprise to see him leave.

"You have sympathy because a club can be very quick to change a manager these days, you try your best to build a team but sometimes you've just got to hope that they go out and perform - you can organise them as best as you can but once they cross that white line, you're in the hands of the gods."

The Stanley boss also spoke about the importance of the role that the remaining home fixtures will play in the Reds push for promotion:

"If we can win our home games, then we are nearly over the line. Hopefully we get a few more on the gate on Saturday and that noise and atmosphere can lift the players even more."


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