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Up for challenge: Coley

1 April 2019

John Coleman is relishing Wednesday's League One clash with Sunderland as he looks to steer Stanley to safety.

The Reds were drawing with the Black Cats in the abandoned game at the Wham Stadium in December and also the two sides drew at the Stadium of Light in February.

Sunderland lost the Checkatrade Trophy final on penalties to Portsmouth on Sunday but Coleman thinks this will have no bearing on the game.

“I do not think what happened on Sunday will have any bearing on Wednesday night,” said Coleman. “They will have three days to recover and get rest into their legs.”

Sunderland are fourth in the table with three games in hand on second placed Barnsley with a six point cushion.

Stanley are just two points above the bottom four so it's a big game for both sides.

“Sunderland will be looking to bounce back from Sunday and they are a good team. They will pose us problems but they will know we will pose them problems from the two games we have played them in already.

“We have some good players and I can't see any reason why we can't win. I love being involved in games, I am up for the challenge."

Coleman made five changes on Saturday from the team which lost 5-2 at Burton the previous week as the Reds lost 1-0 against Fleetwood.

“You have to make decisions about the team and we had to shake it up and get a response. I think we were a lot better defensively but we probably need to be more creative.

“Looking back at Fleetwood, there was nothing in the game and I was disappointed we didn't work their keeper more. A draw would have been a fair result and if anything I think we shaded it.

“The way pitches are this season, chances will be at a premium and will be decided on a mistake or a set-piece.

“In this case, it was both and games will be settled by fine margins, we just have to hope they fall our way.”


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