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Coley: They've got a good side and a good manager

Stanley's manager discusses this weekend's fixture with Milton Keynes Dons

29 August 2019

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman spoke highly of Paul Tisdale and his Milton Keynes Dons side during his pre-match press conference, admitting that manager's who stick to a specific system will generally have a good longevity.

Tisdale brings his Dons side to the Wham Stadium on Saturday 31st August, and Coleman was keen to highlight how the former Exeter City boss has been successful during his career by sticking to a certain style of play.

"They've got a good side and a good manager.

"If you stick to a system that you play and an ethos, the people who have longevity usually have that, and I think that's why he'e been successful for so long."

Stanley come into this weekend's fixture on the back of a 2-0 defeat away at Fleetwood Town, and the manager stressed that his players have been working extremely hard in training in order to be ready to get a result come the weekend.

"We had a positive session on Monday, and again Tuesday.

"The lads have worked hard and we managed to get a friendly against Tranmere (Rovers), we've got to try and get a result on Saturday.

In the last game at the Wham Stadium, Stanley were defeated 3-2 by Shrewsbury Town and Coleman knows that if his side are to progress in this league then they will need to cut out little individual errors that are costing the club results.

"If it was a teacher's report, it would read must do better, and we've got to cut out the individual errors in our game.

"We know we should have won against Shrewsbury and if we had kept 10 men on the pitch against AFC Wimbledon we might have got the win then.

"Football is not easy, it's not an easy game, and you don't always get what you deserve.

"I'm more nervous when we are in front, it's human nature to be anxious when you're in front and can lose something.

"The first aim is to win the game, but it is nice to win games in style.

"The season is still in its infancy, if we can replicate some of the football that we played against Shrewsbury then we'll be fine going forward." 

The transfer window remains open and will do so until 5pm on Monday 2nd September, with Stanley's manager highlighting that he would like to strengthen his defence before the deadline.

"We need a little bit more strength in the defence so that's something we're looking at.

"Joe Pritchard came on during Saturday's game and it'll be good to see more of him.

"Offrande Zanzala tweaked his hamstring which is unfortunate for him."


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