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Coley: The character shown was exceptional

Stanley's manager discusses the 1-1 draw away at AFC Wimbledon

18 August 2019

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman admitted that his side showed exceptional character to earn a 1-1 draw away at AFC Wimbledon, despite having a man sent off on the hour mark.

An unfortunate own goal from Ross Sykes gave The Dons a first half lead, with debutant Zaine Francis-Angol shown a red card on 61 minutes following two bookable offences.

"Instead of us shooting at their goal from 19 yards, we're down to 10.

"The referee can only give what he sees so we're not going to talk about that.

"We talk about our own players and the character that we showed when we went down to 10 was exceptional."

However, a flowing combination between Courtney Baker-Richardson and Colby Bishop led to the equaliser for Stanley, with the latter now scoring two goals in as many games and this is a partnership that Coleman only sees getting better with time.

"I think it'll get better the longer they play with each other.

"They just maybe need to learn to gamble a bit off each other because they're both very good in the air and very capable in the air.

"You could see the touches that Courtney had today that he was a lot sharper than what he was on Tuesday, and the more games he plays the sharper he'll get."

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


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