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Selection a good headache: Coley

27 September 2018

John Coleman admits team selection is causing him a good headache as he rotates the biggest squad he has had at Accrington Stanley.

The manager replaced Scott Brown and Seamus Conneely in midfield for the first home win of the season, the 2-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon, with both coming on in the second half.

He also has the likes of Blackburn Rovers defender Matty Platt champing at the bit for his first League One start.

“In these days, it is called squad rotation and the players take it in their stride,” said Coleman.

“They know there is no malice and I am just doing what's best for the team. On Saturday, I felt we needed a more attacking line-up. The plan was always to bring Scotty and Seamus on in the second half and they knew that.

“You have to use the squad at your disposal to the best of your ability. The one I felt for was Ben Richards-Everton who has done absolutely nothing wrong but was out of the squad completely on Saturday.

“No one likes to deliver bad news, when I got told I was dropped I felt like it was the end of the world when I was playing, but it's done for the correct reasons.”

Defender Platt returned to Rovers for an Under 23 game and Coleman added: “Matty Platt has been outstanding in the last couple of weeks in training.

“He also played in a behind-closed-doors game at Tranmere earlier in the week and impressed which bodes well for the future.

“The friendly was a chance for players to get minutes under their belt and some match fitness.”

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