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Coleman not surprised

16 November 2018

Reds boss John Coleman is not at all shocked by his side's start to life in League One.

Stanley face Barnsley at the Wham Stadium tomorrow, both sides in-and-around the Play-Off places with the Tykes in fourth and Coleman's side just three points behind in seventh.

The game marks a return to league action for the Reds after a two-week break - not that they have had time to relax however, with games in the Emirates FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy since the 1-1 draw at Coventry on Saturday 3 November.

"Our start to the season doesn't surprise me at all," said Coleman. "It's expected from us.

"We are a good side, with good players who play good football and the brand of football that we play is exciting. It's based on a lot of hard work.

"We've been trying to shake off this "Little Accy" tag for years, and we are slowly eradicating that but obviously the higher up you go the more difficult it is.

"Sometimes it can work in your favour. Last year we went under the radar until around February, and this year we're going under the radar again when you look at the media and press coverage that other League One teams get.

"I don't think we've had a league game on telly for five years, but we'll just keep on doing our business and enjoying what we're doing. We like confounding the critics and upsetting the bookmaker's odds.

"We'll take the challenge and embrace it."

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