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Finley: Don't concede first!

21 September 2018

Sam Finley says that John Coleman has been drilling into his team not to concede first, starting tomorrow at home against AFC Wimbledon.

The Reds have gone behind in seven of their eight League One games so far - but have clawed back at least a point in six of them.

They have chalked up four 1-1 draws on the bounce and the midfielder knows they have to turn draws into wins.

"Conceding first is definitely playing on the gaffer's mind," said Finley, who signed in the summer from AFC Fylde. "He is really frustrated by it as he said Accrington won a lot of games 1-0 last season and it's a change for him, one that he doesn't like.

"We are coming back, which is a positive, but we know we need to keep the first clean sheet of the season and also get our first win at home.

"We are saying it before every game but we have been solid in defence, it's just been set pieces or silly goals.

"Most of the drawn games we have had this season, we could have won and, while we are in tenth place in the league, which isn't bad, we could be a lot further up if we had got the points we felt we deserved.

"We have been playing better away from home and getting the wins so I suppose if you win your away games and draw your homes games, it is a good return, but that's not what's wanted for the fans or for ourselves. We want the Wham Stadium to be a fortress, hopefully starting tomorrow.

"Soon the games start coming thick and fast - Tuesday-Saturday - and I like that. If we can get into a winning run, we can move further up the table."

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