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More flags and noise: Coley

19 April 2019

John Coleman wants a repeat of the ‘visual and vocal' fans for tomorrow's visit of League One leaders Luton Town to the Wham Stadium.

The game is live on Sky Sports with a 5.30pm kick off and Coleman said the fans played a huge part in Stanley's win over Walsall last Saturday, which has boosted the Reds chances of League One survival.

“The fans have been superb, they are always brilliant and it does affect the way we play,” said Coleman.

“The players appreciated all the flags and noise against Walsall and hopefully the fans can do it again against Luton. We need them and the players do respond.”

Coleman praised Stanley's young defender Ross Sykes who scored a double against the Saddlers in the win - and knows there is more to come from him.

Sykes, 20, came through the Academy at the Wham Stadium.

“Ross will only get better," said Coleman. "We have been patient with him, he played a few times last year and has had a lot of prominence this year.

“He is learning the game but he will attract attention with a couple of goals. It's his size, he is composed on the ball and he has all the tools to play at the top level and we hope that's the case.

“We are in the process of setting up a development squad to have a pathway to the first team.

“We want to develop young players who have the same impact and value as Ross and, as a club, that means it's working.”

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