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Coleman ready for Shrimps

5 March 2018

John Coleman is relishing taking on local rivals Morecambe tomorrow night as Stanley look to close the gap on leaders Luton.

A victory could take Accrington to within one point of the Hatters, with the two to meet on Saturday, but Coleman knows he can't take anything for granted when his side face the 21st placed Shrimps.

Jim Bentley's side are on a decent run with one loss in five games including a 4-2 win over promotion-chasing Wycombe in their last game.

Stanley were 1-0 up when the original home clash with Morecambe was called off at half-time for bad weather on New Year's Day.

“Anyone who has followed Morecambe for the last five or six years knows they are the master of unpredictable results,” said Coleman.

“I remember them being 3-0 up against Portsmouth when Portsmouth were flying and then they went 4-0 up at Wycombe in their last game. Nothing surprises me and it will be a difficult game.

“I have known Jim (Bentley) and Kenny (McKenna) for years, they are great lads, they have done a great job and have an enthusiasm and love for football and for Morecambe Football Club.

“I know how much they live and breathe football, similar to myself.”

Morecambe's 39-year-old striker Kevin Ellison is the man in form with 10-goals this season – and two against Wycombe.

“Kevin Ellison has kept himself in great shape, he has a great eye for goal and it's superb that, at 39, he is training every day and playing regularly.

“I saw him score a great last minute goal against Yeovil and he obviously scored two against Wycombe. He is a good footballer and will be a threat."

With just 12 games to go of the regular season, Coleman knows the pressure is on if they are to reach League One .

“You have to handle the pressure, there will be twists and turns but you have got to enjoy it. The players are enjoying it, I am enjoying it and the fans seem to be enjoying it. It's a communal effort and everyone plays their part.”


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