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Coley praises squad

1 October 2018

John Coleman admits he has been impressed with the performances of all his squad - but two players are standing out at the moment.

Sam Finley came from non-league in the summer and the midfielder himself said he expected to be on the bench, finding his feet at this level.

But he has stepped into League One easily and Coleman is full of praise for the 26-year-old, ahead of tomorrow night's game against high-flying Doncaster.

"Sam looks like he has been with us for ten years, he has taken to League One level and is a good footballer," said the Reds boss.

Another one earning praise is Middlesbrough loan keeper Connor Ripley, who pulled off superb saves to help the Reds to a 1-0 win at Walsall on Saturday.

"It's not a surprise that Connor has done so well. I had to be patient in the summer to wait for him and it was important not to panic. I had an inkling he would come and it is better waiting to get my first choice.

"Connor pulled off a number of good saves, he isn't perfect yet but he is a very good goalkeeper."

Coleman is happy with his side's form so far this season - he would just like them to convert more of their chances.

"We are on a nine-game unbeaten run but I would have liked us to have won more games, we want a bank of wins now as, at the end of the season, if the win column says 20 then there is a good chance you will be up near the top places.

"The thing I would have liked was to score more goals for the chances we have created. If we improve our conversion rate, we will win more games.

"I always thought we should be competing in the top half of the table, I knew we could compete in the top half with the strength of our squad. You have got to be positive as a manager and have got to have the belief and confidence in your squad but I am sure there are 20 managers saying the same."


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