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Coley: We’ve got to create more chances

Stanley manager discusses the 2-0 defeat away at Fleetwood

24 August 2019

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman admitted that his side have to create more chances if they are to improve following the 2-0 defeat away to Fleetwood Town.

A first half strike from Paddy Madden and a second half penalty from Ched Evans were enough to secure the win for Joey Barton’s side and Coleman explained that the outcome could have been different if his side were more clinical going forward.

“There wasn’t much in the game, we presented them with a couple of chances in the first half.

“It would have flattered them to go into the break two or three nil up, but we’ve missed the best chance of the half when Dion’s missed from four yards.

“Paddy Madden’s took his and that was the difference in the first half.

“We’ve got to improve, we’ve got to be more clinical.

“We’ve got to defend better, and we’ve got to attack better and we’ve got to create more chances.”

Stanley midfielder Sean McConville was sent off for an altercation with Evans and Coleman highlighted that decisions go against you when you’re fighting for points.

“Both players have raised their hands, one’s slapped and one’s punched in the face and only one has been sent off, you just can’t legislate for that.”

“Things like that have a habit (of happening) when you’re struggling and you’re scrapping for points.

“Things like that go against you and the penalty, I don’t think anybody knows why it’s been given.”

Today’s game at the Highbury Stadium was played in scorching temperatures and Coleman was keen to say that the weather can’t be an excuse but that it did have an effect on the quality of the game on show.

“It looked like two tired teams playing out an end of season game.

“It’s difficult when it’s hot and you’re trying to conserve energy, but we’re better than that and we know we’re better than that, and I’m sure Fleetwood are better than that.”

Stanley’s manager was also keen to thank the supporters who had travelled from Accrington and to inform them that  striker Courtney Baker-Richardson will be out for a lengthy period.

“Courtney will be out for two or three months and we had a few niggles out there.

“The supporters were brilliant and they stayed with us until the end.”

You can watch John Coleman's full interview below on the club's official YouTube channel - ASFCofficial!

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