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Great atmosphere for Pompey: Coley

25 October 2018

John Coleman can't wait for Saturday's home game with league leaders Portsmouth - relishing the atmosphere at the Wham Stadium.

Pompey will bring over 1,000 fans on Saturday and Coleman knows it all adds to the game as Stanley look to get back to winning ways after their 4-1 loss at Luton midweek.

Kenny Jackett's Pompey have only lost one league encounter this season - against Gillingham.

"It's great, Portsmouth always bring plenty of fans and I have had a few chats with them after the games here over the years," said Coleman.

"They are a big club and it's always a great atmosphere. They are what you would call 'proper' football fans as they have followed their club through thick and thin and have stuck with their club. They are seeing the rewards now.

"They are not top of the league by fluke, they are a strong powerful unit and we have done our homework on them.

"We will give them the respect with how many wins they have and where they are in the league but we are more concerned with what we can do to them not what they can do to us.

"We don't fear anyone as we have got the player with the most shots on goal in this league and the one with the most shots on target in Sean McConville.

"Peterborough are the top scorers in the league and we stopped them so hopefully we can do the same with Portsmouth."

Winger Jordan Clark is suspended after picking up five bookings while goalkeeper Connor Ripley is eligible after sitting out his three-match ban.

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