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Coley: We’re desperate to get back on the pitch

Stanley’s manager knows his team face a tough task this weekend against Fleetwood

22 August 2019

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman insists that his players are desperate to right a few wrongs after the midweek defeat to Shrewsbury Town, but he also knows that this weekend’s away trip to face Fleetwood Town will be a tough task.

The Reds were 2-0 up with 13 minutes to go on Tuesday night but then conceded three late goals due to individual mistakes, but Coleman admits that his players can only learn from the defeat and it will hopefully help them in the long run.

We’ve got to learn from it and hope it doesn’t happen again, there’s no guarantee that it won’t happen again, mistakes happen in football.

We’re not going to dwell on the negatives, we’ll address the negatives and try and put a policy in place to avoid them happening again.

We’re desperate to get back on the pitch and right a few wrongs, as I said after the game and I’ll stand by it after watching the game again, if we play like that and the way we played for the bulk of the game against Shrewsbury, then we’ll have no problems.”

Stanley have to failed to keep a clean sheet in the league since the 1-0 win over Gillingham in January, and this is an aspect of the game that Coleman says his team need to address if they are to progress.

That’s something we’ve got to address, I don’t think we’ll get a better chance to keep a clean sheet than we did on Tuesday night.

They hadn’t been near our goal for a big period of time, we were totally in control of the game but things like that happens.

We can’t look back and we’ve got to look forward.”

Tuesday night’s game saw Dion Charles grab his first goal for the club and Coleman professes that it is possibly one of the greatest goals scored by Stanley at the Wham Stadium, and that his strikers are getting better with every game they play.

“I think we possibly witnessed the greatest goal scored by Accrington on our ground.

“The build up to it and the finish was absolutely magnificent, to pass the ball in a controlled manner from your goalkeeper straight through their team and to finish like that, and then we’ve arguably conceded the most ludicrous goal with the one that’s cost us a point.

“The attacking prowess is improving by the week, the players are starting to get to know each other and little partnerships are being formed, and that’s what we’ve got to try and build on and like I say, try and eliminate the mistakes.”

There are a lot of similarities in the way both Stanley and Fleetwood have progressed from non-league and Coleman certainly believes that they are an entertaining team after watching them earlier this season.

“The way they’ve built the club up has been great and the way they’ve channelled their energy to a training ground, which is what we’re trying to replicate.

“They’re a good team, they play good football, but we’ve been steadily improving this season from the Lincoln game, our performances have been improving but the results haven’t.”

Stanley loan signing Courtney Baker-Richardson sustained an injury during Tuesday’s game and Coleman admits that the striker is a doubt for this weekend’s game.

”We’ve got one or two doubts, obviously Courtney, he’ll be having a scan, so he’ll be a big doubt for Saturday.”

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