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Coley: We've started a decent run and we've got to maintain that

Stanley's manager is hoping his side can extend their unbeaten run against Doncaster

19 December 2019

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman is hoping his side can extend their unbeaten run to five games when they travel to Doncaster Rovers this weekend.

The Reds come into the game on the back of an impressive 4-1 win over Portsmouth and Coleman admits that his players have become more clinical in recent weeks.

"It's good when the ball goes in the back of the net and we played some really good football.

"We've played some good football in the past but we've not scored goals."

Stanley have won the last three games at the Wham Stadium and have used 21 different players during those games, and Coleman explains how that highlights the strength in depth he has within his squad.

"We've got a healthy squad now, I can't remember us winning three consecutive home games and using so many players.

"When you've got Joe Pritchard coming in and getting man of the match, it shows they're all pushing each other."

As the festive period approaches, Coleman also higlighted that any targets he sets his players have got to be realistic because if they aren't then people will not buy into them.

"One of the targets we always set at the start of the season is to have a positive goal difference.

"Any targets you set have to be realistic or people don't buy into them, why not target the play-offs and set your targets high.

"We've started a decent run and we've got to maintain that.

"The harsh reality is we didn't beat some teams that we should have, purely because we didn't put the ball in the back of the net."

The Reds secured victory away at Doncaster last season, but Coleman knows that Saturday's game will be a tough test for his team.

"We know it's going to be a tough game, they've got good players and a good manager in Darren Moore.

"We know if we get it right then we can match any team in this league."

Winger Sean McConville has missed the last two games through injury and Coleman explained that he'll return when he's fully fit to compete for a place.

"It's one of them with Sean, it's wait and see how he feels.

"We'll make sure he's right before he's back in the competition for places.

"Lamine Kaba Sherif has also been struggling with his knee."


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